By RON FANFAIR
Prior to the start of the World Cricket League (WCL) Division One cricket tournament in The Netherlands, Canadian captain Ashish Bagai said the series would provide a yardstick of where his team stands as it prepares for next year’s World Cup.
Canada has not showed much fight in the first three games and Bagai must have serious concerns about his team’s competitiveness.
The host country easily disposed of Canada by seven wickets with 44 balls remaining last Monday despite a responsible innings of 71 off 132 balls by Bagai. He along with Geoff Barnett (32) and Calvert Hooper (27) were the only batsmen to reach double figures in the national team’s modest total of 168 off 49.1 balls.
The Dutch reached the required target in the 42nd over for the loss of three wickets.
Bagai was Canada’s top run-getter in the opening match against Afghanistan which the national side dropped by six wickets with eight balls to spare. He scored 82 off 122 balls while opener Hiral Patel contributed 43 in a challenging total of 257-7 off 50 overs.
The Canadian bowlers failed to contain Afghanistan which posted 258-4 in 48 overs.
Rain ruined the contest against Scotland which ended in a 69-run Scots victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Canada tallied 126-8 in 26 overs in reply to Scotland’s 236-4 off 50 overs.
Canada plays its final match against Kenya tomorrow after meeting Ireland yesterday.
Middle-order batsman Trevin Bastiampillai, meanwhile, was a last minute replacement for Sandeep Jyoti who was forced to pull out of the squad with a back injury.