Argentines in Toronto (Jon Harris)
July 3-4 2004
Having traveled from Buenos Aries overnight, the Argentinean cricketers barely had time to check into their hotel before being shuttled to the Malton Cricket Club for a practice game. The team includes 8 cricketers, in the party of 14 players, who played in the Toronto based ICC Trophy 2001.
According to their manager/coach the first purchase, after a decent breakfast, was a supply of cricket balls to take back home, there being no cricket equipment suppliers in Argentina.
At the Malton ground the outfield was very slow and the home team tried to hit hard and high to score runs. The Argentineans were very sharp in the infield and had very safe hands, taking some very athletic catches. The team has a couple of useful quicks and a spinner who presented a challenge to the footwork of a couple of Malton 'seniors' who were looking for boundaries and not particularly interested in singles. Smith smote lustily for 45, but was run out trotting for a quick single in a total of 122 runs for 6 wickets in the allocated 25 overs. The most economical of the Argentine bowlers were Peterline and Dwemot, who both miserly gave away only eleven runs in the 4 overs each bowled. The other 17 overs yielded 100 runs for Malton.
The Argentineans replied with 110 runs in their 25 overs for the loss of 9 wickets, with the only notable knock being provided by Siri who produced a solid 36.
Given that there are only 120 cricketers in Argentina, all of whom were born and learned their cricket in the Argentine, your correspondent anticipates that this team will not roll over under pressure. They appear to be a cohesive unit with good leadership and very sharp reactions in the field. By the end of this practice match the players had been traveling and playing for 30 hours, which is in itself a testament to their fitness and enthusiasm.
The Sunday match against CCA U-23s was rained out after the Argentines had bowled out the opposition for just over 100.
Argentina playing at Malton