Canada’s senior cricketers have returned home winless from a one-week tour of Trinidad & Tobago.
The teams played a three-day contest, two Twenty/20 matches and a 50-overs match.
The Canadians proved no match for the Trinidadians who are preparing for the regional four-day and 50-over competitions. Led by West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman, Dinesh Ramdhin, the twin-island republic side included middle-order batsman, Jason Mohammed, who represented Brampton Masters in the Toronto & District Cricket Association league.
Trinidad & Tobago were without middle-order batsman, Darren Bravo, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard and spinner, Sunil Narine, who were in Australia with the West Indies. Also missing was all-rounder Kevon Cooper, who is playing in the Bangladesh Premier League that ends next Tuesday.
In the opening three-day match at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, the home side cruised to victory by an innings and 130 runs early on the last day.
Faced with a first innings deficit of 322 after Trinidad reached 456-7 declared in reply to Canada’s total of 134, the Canadians could only muster 191 in its second innings. Canada lost its last nine wickets for 111 runs after openers Ruvindu Gunasekera, who topscored with 40, and Hiral Patel, who chipped in with 32, put on 80. Tariq Hamza contributed 31.
In the T & T innings, Mohammed slammed 112 off 168 balls, Yannic Cariah smashed 100 off 131 balls and promising left-handed opener, Evin Lewis, scored 101.
The hosts easily won the two Twenty/20 contests before finishing the series with a comprehensive five-wicket win in last Saturday’s 50-overs game.
Again, Canada failed to capitalize on a useful opening stand by Patel, who contributed 58 off 63 balls, and Gunasekera, who made just 12. The national side slipped from 69-1 to 219-9 in their 50 overs.
T & T, led by Lewis with 87 off 68 balls and Lendl Simmons, who scored 41, reached the required target for the loss of five wickets.
Off-spinner, Nikhil Dhutta, was the principal wicket-taker with 3-37.