Cricket Canada (CC) senior team goes down fighting against the West Indies B (WI-B) at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, in King City, Toronto. The Cricket-fest which recently concluded the round robin T20’s over the Labour Day weekend in Canada, also features teams competing in the 50-over format. WI-B won the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny Wednesday morning. As they began their innings rather cautiously, they were greeted with great exhibition of swing bowling up front. West Indies B lost a couple of wickets with not much on the board. CC seemed to control most of the proceedings during the first innings and at the 25 over halfway mark, they had sent five of the West Indies B batsmen back in the hut.
Campbell, though, was still at the crease and had made up his mind to bat long. He, along with Bramble, ensured West Indies B got to a respectable total. Campbell was eventually out for 90. A quick-fire cameo from Green helped West Indies post 286 on the board. All the regular bowlers also contributed to the cause. Cecil Pervez was the pick of the bowlers for CC. He picked up three wickets and went for less than five runs per over in his spell. CC team would have fancied them a chance at the halfway stage. They began their chase well.Opener, Dhaliwal, top scored for his team with 52 but falling of wickets at regular intervals did not help much and soon, almost all the recognized batsmen were back in the pavilion. They showed grit and determination while on the pitch and did not let the circumstances get the better of themselves. However, their endeavor to bat through could not materialize and they got bowled out for 209 inside forty four overs. Lewis from Windies-B led the attack from the front and bagged a four-fer. West Indies B won by 77 runs.
Cricket Canada Senior Men’s National Team might have lost the game, but there are several positives from the game. They started really well and had everything under control until the two half centurions in the first innings got together to steady the ship. They, however, couldn’t get going with the bat. They will only get better moving ahead. To compete against a quality side like WI-B is always going to be a challenge, but CC team will only get better with such exposure and CC management should be proud of pulling together events like these to help raise the bar of cricket. It was a great opportunity for the spectators as well to get a taste of what competitive cricket at a higher level looks like.
Cricket Canada 1- 0 Adversaries.
Story by Siddharth Maisuria
Pic credits- Shah Zafar