An outstanding performance by Canada’s development team resulted in a resounding victory over last year’s champions, Combined Colleges today. The Canadians, put in to bat, put in their best batting performance of the tournament to date, led by a century from Nitish Kumar and 73 from Shahid Ahmadzai, all out for 249 in the last over. A fine all round bowling performance, led by 3 wickets from both Kanwar Mann and Kaleem Sana, bowled out Combined Colleges for 149 and a 100 run victory.
Combined Colleges won the toss and put Canada in to bat. The Canadians again lost an early wicket, Shereyas Movva caught behind in the third over. This brought in Nitish Kumar who appeared in good form, hitting the boundary with three classy cover drives early on. Jeet Mehta battled through a tough start and started to play his shots, the fifty coming up in 12 overs. They put on 80 before Mehta was run out. Shahid Ahmadzai came in and he and Kumar put on 103 before Kumar was finally out but not before completed an excellent century (102 from 99 balls with 14 fours). Ahmadzai made 73 from 88 balls, before being bowled hitting out in the 47th over. There was a collpase towards the end of the innings, the last 5 wickets falling for 9 runs in 3 overs.
Thaker made an early breakthrough, with Morrison caught with the score on 23. Canada then were gifted a wicket, with poor running leading to an easy run out, and Mann secured a leg before decision two balls later- 45/3 in the 9th over. Mann then took the prized wicket of CCC captain Braithwaite in his next over, bowled by a well flighted delivery. He took the 5th wicket as well in a great spell of bowling, having Mcatty caught behind. Yax Patel piled on the pressure with two more wickets, another catch by the keeper, and a caught and bowled to reduce CCC to 85/7. A stubborn partnership was broken by Kaleem Sana, a short ball leading to Movva’s third catch behind the stumps and he also took Canada to victory taking the final two wickets, both clean bowled.