Promising Start to Canada’s Under-19 CWC Campaign

Canada Under-19s made a promising start with a 7 wicket win against a TUKS (University of Pretoria) XI on Monday (6 January 2020 as preparations for the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup moved south and outdoors from some intense indoor preparations at Qasra Sports, Toronto during November and December. Left-arm pacer Rishiv Joshi picked up two early wickets (TUKS 2/2 – same in both Aussie and English approaches to summary scores) and removed the TUKS top four with just 27 runs on the board. Number four bat Donovan Pereira was the only higher order batsman to reach double figures with 13 runs.

Five of six Canadian bowlers picked up at least one wicket as the TUKS XI struggled to 72 all out after 28.5 overs. Brian Kershaw, batting at number nine, top scored with 23. Kershaw lead something of a recovery after reaching the batting crease with TUKS XI struggling on 38 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Kershaw and Zuan Swart (possibly Ruan de Swardt, but I cannot be certain) had added 14 for the 8th wicket when Swart was caught by Eshan Sensarma off Ayush Verma for 6. Kershaw and Canada’s Arshdeep Dhaliwal added 11 for the ninth wicket then Sensarma caught Dhalwal for 2. Sensarma completed three catches in a row to dismiss Kershaw for 23 in the 29th over, so the TUKS XI innings ended 72 all out with Canada’s Harmanjeet Bedi 1*. The last two wickets fell to the pace of Muhammad Ahmad Kamal.

Rishiv Joshi took 4/27 (4 overs), Muhammad Ahmad Kamal 2/17 (4.5 overs) and Akhil Kumar 2/14 (4 overs). Slow-left arm spinner Raqib Shamsudeen took 1 wicket for 8 runs from 6 overs and Ayush Verma took 1 for 9 from 5 overs; both bowling with great economy. Gurjot Gosal with 0/11 from 5 overs was left without a wicket but bowled economically.

Canadian opening bat Ravi Sandhu caught for 1 by Donovan Pereira for just 1 run off the bowling of fellow Canadian Arshdeep Dhaliwal. The wicket fell with 12 runs on the board. Pereira had been the best fielder in TUKS 2019 Red Bull Campus Cricket championship team. Opener Eshan Sensarma then added 45 with Akhil Kumar for the second wicket before Kumar was caught off the bowling of Kershaw for 20. Nick Manohar made just 2 runs before being caught by Reine off the bowling of Swart to leave Canada on 64/3. Mihir Patel scored 4* and Eshan Sensarma moved on to reach a promising 38* as Canada passed the winning line at 74/3 after 19.2 overs. The winning run came off the bowling of Canadian spinner Harman Bedi (0/6 from 2.2 overs). Arshdeep Dhaliwal took 1/17 from 4 overs and Brian Kershaw ended with 1/17 from 3 overs to add to his top-score of 23 for TUKS.

Canada U19s play TUKS in two more warm-up games this week. The games are on Thursday and Friday against a TUKS team likely to be strengthened as players return from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

So an “impressive win” for Canada U19s in this opening game against TUKS after just a short period of acclimatization on Sunday before Monday’s game. Canada now has two days of preparations before the next encounter with TUKS. Possibly the Thursday TUKS XI will be enhanced by the presence of more members of the current TUKS team that won a fourth South African Varsity Championship in five years in the fall (autumn) of 2019 and won the global Red Bull Campus Cricket championship for the third time in November 2019.

Canadian international Nitish Kumar played for Loughborough MCCU against TUKS (University of Pretoria) in one of the Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals. TUKS cricket club celebrated 100 years in 2019.

Eddie Norfolk

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