Canadian Cricket

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Intercontinental Cup Preview - Canada v Bermuda

The Bermudans have arrived in Toronto and are now preparing to take on Canada in an Intercontinental Cup match this weekend. Canada are coming off an exhilirating match win against Kenya - which was followed by two devastating ODI losses also against Kenya. Bermuda will be playing their first match in this year's Intercontinental Cup and will be looking to repeat their 48 run victory in last year's competition. Canada stand atop the Group B standings with 20 points, followed by the Netherlands (6 points), Bermuda (0), and Kenya (0). A win for the hosts (with maximum points) would put them into a dominant position in their endeavour to reach the finals.

Bermuda are playing their first 2-innings-a-side match of this year, but most of their players are not. The majority of the Bermudan side took part in the annual Somerset-St. George's Cup Match - a great spectacle of sport on the island nation. Former captain Clay Smith is back from injury and looked in fine form scoring 35 runs in the second innings and leading St. George's to a 7 wicket victory. Dwayne Leverock, the wily lefthanded spin bowler also played, but for the losing side. Their full squad is listed in the previous post.

Canada's squad is much the same as it was for the first Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya. The changes - Ian Billcliff, who was unavailable for the first match, replaces Pubudu Dassanayake, and Abdool Samad replaces the injured Haninder Dhillon. John Davison will captain the Canadians again, but it is not his captaining that has been questioned. Many Canadian supporters feel he should be moved down the batting lineup (one gentleman I spoke with suggested he be the 7th batsman). Indeed the greatest question surrounding the Canadians at present is their batting. Both innings in the Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya featured half the lineup collapsing, and the ODIs were simply awful. Canada cannot afford to rely on their bowling alone against a very strong (in both sides of the game) Bermuda team.

The match will take place from Saturday August 12 - Tuesday August 15 at Maple Leaf CC in King City, Ontario. The hours of play are 10:00-5:30 (though they were pushed back by half an hour for the Kenya match). The weather looks mostly good for the match: Saturday - Sunny 24C, Sunday - Sunny 27C, Monday - 40% Rain 26C, Tuesday - Partly Cloudy 24C. I will be providing some LIVE updates on this website, but likely will not be able to attend all 4 days play. If anyone else will be heading up and would like to help out with the coverage, please contact me and we will discuss our options. Looking forward to another great weekend of cricket in the great city of Toronto.


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