Eastern Canadians Day 2: a narrow loss to Nova Scotia
After a disappointing loss to New Brunswick, the provincial team looked to rebound against a strong Nova Scotia team who had won their first two matches. NL batted first, and apart from Rakesh Negi (47) struggled against the NS bowling, led by Daksh Talwar with 3/6. Newfoundland and Labrador made 111/9 from their 20 overs, Bharath Shetty (16)and Umair Khan (15) making useful contributions.
Rakesh Negi, opening the bowling, had danger man Amit Joshi caught by Rahul Vashist, and then Rahul had Gupta caught by Ali Malik for a duck- 25/2. In his next over Rahul had Arslan Khan caught behind by Gurman, and Newfoundland and Labrador were in with a chance. Rakesh finished with 3/15 from his four overs. Ali Malik made the crucial breakthrough, having opener Santosh Verma caught by Umair for 35, and followed it up with a double-wicket maiden (3/17 from his four overs). Nova Scotia needed 34 runs and Newfoundland and Labrador two wickets. However, Daksh Talwar played an invaluable innings of 34, hitting five boundaries, and taking Nova Scotia to a two wicket win.
Next match is against Quebec tomorrow morning.