Americas Cricket Championship in Bermuda
Canada took on the rest of the Americas in the Americas Cricket Championship in Bermuda, July 6-11. The other teams participating were Argentina, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caymans, and USA. Canada's schedule was:-
The Canadian squad was :- John Davison (captain), Desmond Chumney, Zubin Surkari, Ian Billcliff, Ashish Bagai, Manzoor Chaudhary, Haninder Dhillon, Don Maxwell, Sunil Dhaniram, Zahid Hussain, Austin Codrington, Ashish Patel, Anthony Brown, Nicholas De Groot (Physio - Dan Kiesel; Coach - Rupert Gomes; Manager- Mike Henry; Umpire - Ashook Brijcoomar).
Final Points table
July 6: Canada beat Bahamas by 162 runs. Canada opened the tournament with a comfortable win over the Bahamas. After being put into bat they lost John Davison for just 4, and Sukari for 11 but then Chumney and Billcliff steadied the innings, both making 44. Bagai contributed 33 but at 131/5, Canada were some distance from a good total. Sunil Dharinam however powered a quick 46 from just 35 balls, and he was well supported by Maxwell (21) and Codrington (30*). Canada's final total of 260 proved too much for the Bahamians, as Codrington and Patel devasted their top-order, reducing them to 25/5. Both recorded figures of 3/20, and John Davison finished off the innings taking 3/15 in just 3 overs as the last four wickets fell on 98 [Scorecard from CricInfo].
The Royal Gazette reported: - "A polished performance by Canada condemned The Bahamas to a crushing 162-run defeat yesterday at Wellington Oval. The North Americans first posted a challenging 260 for eight in their 50 overs - thanks to solid contributions throughout their line-up - and then dismantled their Caribbean opponents for a meagre 98 in 23 overs; a bizarre innings that was characterised by a clatter of wickets at the start and again at the end..... Davison was pleased to secure Canada's first victory but lamented that no-one scored highly though a handful of batsmen got good starts. The 34-year-old also chided his bowlers for too many wides but noted the game helped get everyone into a rhythm to battle stronger teams like Bermuda and the USA." [more]
July 7: Canada beat Argentina by 197 runs. Another big win for Canada as they overwhelmed the Argentinians. Desmond Chumney led the way with the first century of the tournament, well supported by John Davidson's rapid 64 (with five fours and two sixes). An opening partnership of 137 set the stage for a big total but the middle order faltered. Brown made an unfortunate debut recroding a duck, and Billcliff soon followed with just 3. However Surkari and Dhaniram made useful contributions and Canada made an imposing 294 in their 50 overs. The Argentians mustered just 97, with wickets distributed between Codrington, Davidson, Hussain, Dhaniram and Patel. Their total was bolstered by 24 extras, with 16 wides. The USA also won easily, and the encounter tomorrow looks like being the decider for top place.
The Royal Gazette reported:- "Spurred on by a bludgeoned 112 from opener Desmond Chumney, Canada annihilated a tired-looking Argentina by 197 runs at the National Sports Centre yesterday. On a sluggish wicket which turned square from the start but otherwise behaved itself, Argentina’s bowlers once again struggled to find a consistent line and length, sending down a succession of full-tosses and long hops which were gleefully set upon by a rampant Canadian top-order. [Gazette report | CricInfo scorecard].
July 8: Canada beat USA by 76 runs. Canada top the table at the Americas Cricket Championship after a decisive win over their main rivals, the USA. They got off to a poor start after choosing to bat, falling to 47/4, but an excellent partnership between Dhillon (33) and Bagai (68*) rebuilt the innings. Bagai was unbeaten at the end, and recieved good support from the lower order, allowing Canada to reach a reasonable total of 224. The Americans got off to a good start, with a quick opening partnership of 54, but Patel swung the match with three wickets in one over. The advantage was pressed home by the spinners, and when four wickets fell with the score on 99 the match was effectively over. 9 overs were lost to rain, and the target revised to 214; however despite a brave last-wicket partnership the Americans fell well short, and Canada won by 76 runs. With qualification for the ICC Trophy now assured, Canada will look to securing the American Championships as they take on the other unbeaten team, Bermuda, on Saturday
The Royal Gazette reported:- "The Maple Leaf prevailed over the Stars and Stripes in the cricketing battle of North America at Lord's yesterday. Showing why they are the team to beat in the Americas Championship, the Canadians bounced back to post 224 for nine in 50 overs before restricting the USA to 137 for nine off 41 overs. A downpour at 6.30 p.m., however, thwarted John Davison's men in their quest to dismiss their neighbouring rivals. The Americans were on the brink of succumbing at 113 for nine from 36.3 overs at the break and, on resumption at 7.20 p.m., faced the ludicrous task of scoring another 101 runs from 4.3 overs as Duckworth-Lewis calculations revised their target to 214 in 41 overs. The Canadians' clinical demolition to mark their third successive victory this week left no doubt that, when it comes to cricket, they are the superpower up north!" [Gazette report | CricInfo scorecard]
July 10: Canada beat Bermuda by 3 wickets. Canada won their fourth game in a row, overcoming Bermuda, but taking until the final over before overhauling their total of 194. Patel and Codrington dismissed both Bermuda openers, and then Davison and Dhaniram bowled tightly to restrict the middle order. Smith and Mukuddem both made 62, and put on 64 for the 5th wicket, but Bermuda were unable to up the scoring rate. Patel picked up three further wickets to end with figures of 4/45. Canada's chase looked easy as they raced to 167/1, losing Davison (21), and Chumney retired hurt. Zurkari hit form with 46, and Billcliff (later awarded man of the match) made an accomplished 54. With victory in sight, Canada collpased, losing 6 more wickets whilst adding only 13 runs. Maxwell and Codrington batted sensibly to obtain the 14 runs required with 5 balls remaining. Unbeaten, with only the Caymans to play Canada seem assured of regaining the Americas Championship. The Caymans however have played well and an upset victory by them, and a win by the US over Bermuda might leave the result to be decided on net run-rate. CricInfo scorecard
July 10: Canada beat Caymans by 67 runs. Canada concluded an excellent competition by completing a clean sweep of the opposition with a comfortable win over the Caymans. A good all round batting performance took them to 298, with useful contributions from Chumney (46), Davison (41), Surkari (52) and Billcliff (47). Patel and Codrington broke the back of the Caymans reply with quick wickets reducing them to 6/3 from where they never recovered. Patel finished wth 4/50. Canada dominated all their games and can look forward to the ICC Trophy with some optimism. CricInfo scorecard<