Canadian Cricket

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Canada beat USA in finale

On a much warmer, sunnier day in King City, Canada pummeled the United States to stifle any hopes of a title. The USA's top order was never doing well, and their bottom-order did nothing to bail them out. When the dust had settled it was a comprehensive 10 wicket victory for the home side.

Canada won the toss and captain John Davison decided to field first. Things started well for Canada as Nadkarni's wicket fell for just 4 total runs when Jyoti took an easy catch. The USA looked as though they had stabilized, but then Davison called his own number. He dislodged Roopnarine by bowlig him with a glorious armball, and the collapse was imminent. Two balls later, American captain Steve Massiah was run out on a miscommunication between the two batsmen. A little later, Steven Welsh took two wickets on consecutive balls and they were into the tail. Kevin Sandher helped clean it up taking 3 wickets leg before on identical balls, moving in and catching the knee after the batsman had given up on it. Steve Pitter was the last of these, and the USA were all out for a paltry 116. John Davison led the bowling attack, taking 3-21 from 8 overs. Sandher was not far behind with 3-24 off 8.4 overs.

Canada came right in to start the chase, and chased famously. John Davison and Sandeep Jyoti made a great start and kept it coming, as they raced towards the target. The only thing that could interrupt them was the lunch interval as they competed to get to 50 first. Davison won the race, ending up on 62 runs off 54 balls including six 4s and a 6. For the second day in a row, Jyoti was stranded just short of a 50, as he made 44 off 50 balls including 7 boundaries. He won't be too upset though, as he helped Canada make their target in just 16.3 overs. That SHOULD give Canada enough run rate to pass Cayman Islands and finish 3rd in this tournament. It's not what they wanted, but there are a lot of positives to take out of the week. I'll write about them tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the live coverage on BigCricket and CricketEurope, I'll be continuing with that next year whenever there are matches near me.


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