Canada bounced back from an opening game defeat by the Netherlands to register a morale-boosting 46-run win over Kenya in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division Two competition in Namibia last weekend.
After posting a challenging total of 257-6 in their 50 overs, the Canadians limited the East Africans to 211 in 48 overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner Parth Desai and medium pacer Satsimranjit Dhindsa were Canada’s most productive bowlers with 4-45 and 3-28, respectively, off eight overs.
Aggressive opening batsman Rizwan Cheema returned to form with the bat after a lengthy drought with 57 off 30 balls to lay the foundation for Canada’s solid score.
Skipper Jimmy Hansra and Navneet Dhaliwal capitalized on Cheema’s effort with a fourth wicket stand of 107 off 28.1 overs. Dhaliwal contributed 93 off 109 balls with four sixes and six boundaries, while Hansra scored 43 off 80 balls.
In the opening game last Saturday, Canada fell to the Dutch by 67 runs.
Chasing 252 for victory after Desai picked up 3-57, the national side struggled to reach 184 in 46 overs.
Hamza Tariq with 51 off 55 balls and opener Srimantha Wijeratne, who compiled 35, were Canada’s leading scorers.
The six teams in the competition, that ends on January 24, are contending for an opportunity to improve their standing as the top two sides will qualify for the next edition of the WCL 50-over tournament for Associates and the four-day Intercontinental Cup (I-Cup).
The top two Division Two qualifiers will join Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the next WCL and I-Cup tournaments, starting later this year.