World Baseball Classic: Great Britain beaten by US on debut

Trayce Thompson number 43 of Team Great Britain bats against Team USA
Trayce Thompson scored Britain’s first run at the World Baseball Classic

Great Britain’s debut at the World Baseball Classic began with a 6-2 defeat by defending champions the USA.

Britain went 1-0 up from Trayce Thompson’s home run in the first inning before the powerful hosts took control.

Nolan Arenado’s three hits and a three-run home run from Kyle Schwarber helped the US establish a 6-1 lead.

D’Shawn Knowles then scored off Anfernee Seymour’s groundout in the seventh to make it 6-2 in the Pool C clash at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Reaching what is essentially the sport’s world cup was a remarkable achievement in itself for the British side.

Qualification for the tournament is worth six times the annual income of the GB governing body.

The 30-man roster is a mix of global players with British or Caribbean ancestry and UK-born talent who have emigrated.

Britain next face Canada at 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

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