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USA rethink plans as Tonga face Cooks

World Cup giant killers the United States are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the final m ugg slippers atch of second round group fixtures in Lei ugg slippers gh.

The Tomahawks, given little hope of emerging from their pool, were booked on a flight out of Heathrow this Saturday but organisers are now hurriedly re thinking those plans.

Instead of packing their bags, Terry Matterson’s team of “no hopers” will begin preparing for the unthinkable a quarter final with Australia if Cook Islands fail to get the points in th ugg slippers eir cross group match against Tonga on Tuesday. ugg slippers

Even if the Cook Islanders win, the American team will still top their group and go through to the last eight if they beat Scotland, another of the tournament surprise packets, in what is shaping up to be the most important match so far at Salford on Thursday.

The Tomahawks, who qualified for the 14th World Cup at the third attempt, have already claimed the scalps of Cook Islands and co hosts Wales to defy all expectations and odds of 1000 1 to win the title.

“We’re booked on a flight for November 9 so we were due to leave before the pool stages were officially decided,” USA spokesman Chris Garry said.

While the USA look certain to extend their stay, the losers at Leigh will be eliminated after both lost their opening matches.

Tonga went into the tournament with high hopes of setting up a quarter final showdown with New Zealand, but their shock defeat by Scotland means they need to win both their last two group games and are relying on other results to keep them alive.

“There’s no excuses. We weren’t good enough,” Tonga captain Brent Kite said of the defeat in Workington.

“But we’ll be wanting to put that right against the Cook Islands at Leigh Sports Village on Tuesday.”

Cook Islands coach David Fairleigh, the former St Helens forward, has rung the changes to the side that lost to the Tomahawks in Bristol last Wednesday.

Toulouse stand off Jonathan Ford comes into the side to partner former Wakefield half back Isaac John, with Brad Takairangi switching to centre in place of Wigan’s Anthony Gelling.

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USA defeat Canada to move within sight of title

USA took a significant step towards the 2008 Americas championship with an 81 run victory over Canada at Central Broward Regional Park. In what was in reality a see saw battle, with periods of holding the upper hand for both sides, it was the USA perseverance and determination that saw them through critical periods of play. The result leaves USA needing to beat Cayman Islands to win the title.

After winning the toss, the USA were soon 3 for 2, Sushil Nadkarni and Lennox Cush both falling to Umar Bhatti. Despite some repair work from Carl Wright (40) and captain Steve Massiah (22), at 89 for 6 after 29 overs, they were still in trouble. But Aditya Thyagarajan and Orlando Baker then added 105 in 20 overs, and steered USA to 201 for 8. Thyagarajan finished unbeaten on 84, made from 99 balls, while Baker was 38 not out.

In reply, Canada made a slow but steady start, with Sandeep Jyoti (40) and Asif Mulla putting on ugg slippers 44 for the first wicket, but once they had been separated the innings fell away as Orlando Baker (5 for 31) ripped through the middle order, the last eight wickets falling for 42. He received excellent support from Imran Awan (3 for 14 from 8.5 overs) and Sudesh Dhaniram (1 for 10 in 9 overs).

Bermuda cruised to ugg slippers a 146 run win over Argentina at at Central Broward Regional Park B Field, the outcome never in doubt after they made 341 for 4, Glenn Blakeney leading the charge with an unbeaten 118 off 113 balls. David Hemp chipped in with 58 not out off 68 balls, the pair adding 139 for the fifth wicket. Lionel Cann continued his rich vein of form by blasting 63 off 33 balls, including 5 sixes. Despite losing two early wickets, Argentina did well to make 195 for 6 without ever threatening an upset, Tomas Francis using his time ugg slippers in the middle to make an unbeaten 50.

“Today was a morale boosting and confidence building performance,” Gus Logie, Bermuda’s coach, said. “The players knew they underachieved in their previous game [against USA] and they were determined to get back on track. It was espe ugg slippers cially pleasing to witness the quality and class of Blakeney’s first hundred for Bermuda, but it was a little disappointing we were unable to bowl out the opposition.”

At Brian Piccolo Park, Suriname were again heavily defeated, but showed some signs of improvement against Cayman Islands. After being put in to bat, Suriname were dismissed for 103, but it was the first time they had reached three figures in the tournament. Veteran leg spinner Michael Wight took 5 for 7 in 6 overs. Cayman Islands took 21 overs to complete an eight wicket win.

Suriname now face Argentina in the final round of matches, with relegation to Division 2 awaiting the losers. On form so far, it is hard to see Suriname pulling off an upset.

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