Winless after its first three matches, Canada is on its way to failing to advance to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup for a fourth time.
At the 16-team qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, Canada lost close encounters to the United States and Ireland and were pummelled by Hong Kong last Monday.
Buoyed by a century opening stand in 11.4 overs, Hong Kong reached 168-5 in their 20 overs against eight Canadian bowlers. The national side was restricted to 115-8 in their 20 overs with Jimmy Hansra being the topscorer with 26 off 21 balls.
In the opening match, the USA upset the Canadians by five wickets with a ball remaining.
Hansra again was Canada’s leading scorer with 39 off 34 balls in a modest total of 137-6 in 20 overs.
An unbroken sixth wicket stand of 77 in 8.4 overs between Timroy Allen who finished with 50 and Srini Santhanam with 28 propelled the Americans to the exciting victory in the last over.
Half centuries by left handed opener Ruvindu Gunasekera and skipper Ashish Bagai were not enough to prevent the Canadians from falling to the Irish by two runs.
Set 169 for victory, Gunasekera who recorded 65 off 62 balls and Bagai who hit an unbeaten 67 off 55 balls were associated in a 123-run third wicket partnership after the national side lost its first two wickets off the first two balls of the innings.
Meanwhile, former Canadian captain John Davison will travel with the Australian cricket team during the upcoming Ashes series with England “Down Under”.
A spin coach at Australia’s National Cricket Centre, Davison – who is based in Brisbane – will be at the Gabba before the first Test which started earlier today. He has been cleared by Cricket Australia to travel to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before the second, fourth and fifth matches of the series, missing only the Perth Test at the WACA ground.
Davison’s presence is expected to be a major encouragement to Australia’s top spinner Nathan Lyon who has developed a strong relationship with Davison.
“In international cricket, there are a lot of people with a lot of different opinions and that’s something I have learned,” Lyon said. “You have to figure out things for yourself, take on advice and you might pick up something from someone who may not have played the game at the highest level. John Davison has been fantastic for me. I have worked with him really well and I have got a lot of trust in him.”
Davison represented Canada in 51 first-class matches, scoring 1177 runs (av. 16.57) and taking 111 wickets (av. 45.61).
The oldest player in the last World Cup at age 40, Davison was introduced to Canadian cricket in 1999 by former Toronto Cricket Club player Andrew Bracht who was visiting Australia. They met at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).