Thu, 10/24/2013
Some of the very best cricketers from ICC’s Associate and Affiliate members will assemble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month when the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) will be staged across six venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. All 16 squads for the event, which will be staged from 15 to 30 November, have now been finalised.
 
At stake in the UAE will be the six available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, which is scheduled to be played in the first half of next year.
 
The tournament will see the 16 sides split into two groups of eight, a total of 72 matches will be played over 15 days and the sides that top the two groups at the conclusion of the group stages will automatically qualify for Bangladesh 2014.
 
The sides that finish second and third in each of the two groups will play cross-over matches with the two winners also progressing to the ICC World Twenty20 2014. 
 
The sides that finish fourth and fifth in each of the two groups will also play cross-over matches, with the winners of these two matches then playing the losers of the second v third cross-over fixtures; the victors of these matches will then also progress into the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
 
Ireland will be defending the title it won in 2012, when it, alongside Afghanistan, qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.
 
Ireland, which missed the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007 but appeared in 2009, 2010 and 2012, has named a formidable side as it has retained no less than 11 players from the 2012 campaign that saw it win the last Qualifier. Returning to the UAE will be captain William Porterfield, Alex Cusack, ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year 2012 George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Max Sorensen and Gary Wilson.
 
The four new faces in the Ireland squad for this event are Niall O’Brien, Andrew McBrine, James Shannon and Stuart Thompson. O’Brien is a veteran of 58 ODIs and 20 T20Is and is joined by the 20-year-old McBrine ,who featured in the recent ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2012.
 
Shannon, a 23-year-old middle-order batsman, has appeared for Ireland a handful of times while Thompson, travelled with the side to the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. 
 
Afghanistan has named 11 players in the squad who were members of the side that finished runner-up to Ireland last year in the ICC WT20Q. Captain Mohammad Nabi, along with Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran and Noor Ali Zadran will again be returning with a challenge to guide their side to its third successive ICC World Twenty20.
 
Peter Borren will once again lead the Netherlands, which played in the 2007 WT20 and upset England in the tournament opener at Lord’s. Other stayers from the 2012 qualifier event, where the side finished fourth, include Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tim Gruijters, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Pieter Seelaar and Michael Swart.
 
While the Dutch side will be without the services of Ryan ten Doeschate, the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year in 2008, 2010 and 2011, it will be bolstered by returning all-rounder Daan van Bunge. The 31-year-old veteran has represented the men in orange in 37 ODIs and 12 T20Is.
 
Another popular name in the Associate and Affiliate world, Ashish Bagai of Canada, will be returning to lead the side for the Qualifier after a brief hiatus from the game.
 
The event will also see the return of Geraint Jones for Papua New Guinea; the 36-year-old will be representing his country of birth once again, having been born in Kundiawa, the capital of the Simbu province in PNG.
 
Another familiar name that will be seen around the tournament will be the assistant coach of Scotland, the former England all-rounder and current Durham captain Paul Collingwood.
 
Canada's Captain Ashish Bagai's preview on the CC Report
 
The player eligibility criteria can be found by clicking HERE.
 
The tournament schedule can be found HERE.
 
Squads:
Afghanistan - Mohammad Nabi (captain), Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Afsar Khan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran
 
Bermuda - Janeiro Tucker (captain), Kamal Bashir, Derrick Brangman, Christian Burgess, Lionel Cann, Allan Douglas II, Christopher Douglas, Terryn Fray, David Hemp, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Jacobi Robinson, Dion Stovell, Kwame Tucker
 
Canada – Ashish Bagai (captain), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq
 
Denmark - Michael Pedersen (captain), Aftab Ahmed, Christo Botma, Basit Javed, Carsten Pedersen, Yasir Iqbal, Frederik Klokker, Pawan Kumar, Kamran Mahmood, Rizwan Mahmood,  Jakob Rubin, Kasper Rubin,  Bashir Shah, Hamid Shah
 
Hong Kong – James Atkinson (captain), Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Moner Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Waqas Barkat, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Roy Lamsam, Ali Skhawat, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh
 
Ireland - William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson
 
Italy – Damian Crowley (captain), Alessandro Bonora, Gareth Berg, Dilan Fernando, Madupa Fernando, Tharindu Fernando, Gayashan Munasinghe, Dinidu Marage, Andy Northcote, Vincenzo Pennazza, Joy Perera, Peter Petricola, Mick Raso, Sujith Rillagodage, Carl Sandri
 
Kenya - Collins Obuya (captain), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Steve Tikolo, Hiren Varaiya
 
Namibia - Sarel Burger (captain), Stephan Baard, Gerhard  Erasmus, Shalako Groenewald, Louis Klazinga, JP Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, Nicolaas Scholtz, JJ Smit, LP Van Der Westhuizen, Raymond van Schoor, Toby Vervey, Christi Viljoen, Craig Williams, Pikkie Ya France
 
Nepal - Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri,  Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
 
Netherlands - Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Daan van Bunge, Atse Buurman, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
 
Papua New Guinea – Chris Amini (captain), Charles Amini,  Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Andrew Hicks, Geraint Jones, Chris Kent, Van Vagi Morea, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, John Reva, Assad Vala, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare , Tony Ura
 
Scotland – Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Matty Cross, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Craig Wallace, Iain Wardlaw
 
Uganda - Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (captain), Hamu Kayondo Bagenda, Arthur Solomon Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Roger Mukasa, Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba, Phillemon Selowa Mukobe, Frank Nsubuga, Richard Gideon Okia, Raymond Otim, Patrick Ochan, Jonathan Sebanja, Henry Senyondo, Almuzahim Hamza Saleh, Charles Waiswa
 
United Arab Emirates – Khurram Khan (captain), Saqib Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Azam, Nasir Aziz, Amjad Javed, Asim Kurshid, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Naveed, Swapnil Patil, Ahmed Raza, Abdul Shakoor, Kamran Shahzad, Shadeep Silva, Muhammad Shafiq
 
United States of America – Neil McGarrell (captain), Timroy Allen, Danial Ahmed, Imran Awan, Barrington Bartley, Orlando Baker, Akeem Dodson, Karan Ganesh, Muhammad Asad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Steve Massiah, Japen Patel, Adam Sanford, Srinivasa Santhanam, Steven Taylor
 
Groups for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013
Group A – Ireland (A1),  Namibia (A2), Canada (A3), Uganda (A4), USA (A5), Italy (A6), Hong Kong (A7) and the UAE (A8)
Group B – Afghanistan (B1), Netherlands (B2), Scotland (B3), Kenya (B4), Bermuda (B5), Denmark (B6), Nepal (B7) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) (B8)
 
Background of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
 
The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier has grown in stature since it was first held in Belfast, Ireland, in August 2008. That event comprised the then six top Associate Members – Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland.
 
Ireland and Netherlands shared the trophy when the final was washed out without a ball being bowled. The two sides, along with Scotland - which subsequently replaced Zimbabwe - qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2009, which was staged in England. Pakistan won the tournament, beating Sri Lanka in the final.
 
The UAE hosted the second edition of the tournament in February 2010, which was contested by eight teams, the six sides having T20I status – Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland – as well as the host, UAE, and USA, which was specially invited by the ICC.
 
After 17 matches over six days at two venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan and Ireland reached the final and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2010, which was staged in the West Indies and won by England. Afghanistan won the qualifying tournament when it defeated Ireland by eight wickets.
 
The 2012 edition was also played in the UAE, and was contested by Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark, Nepal, Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and USA.
 
The tournament, played in March 2012, was ultimately won by Ireland who defeated Afghanistan in the final, with both sides making it through to the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, a tournament ultimately won by the West Indies.
Tue, 10/15/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the upcoming T20 Qualifier to be played in UAE from November 15-30, 2013:

Ashish Bagai - Captain (TDCA)
 
Jimmy Hansra - Vice Captain (BCMCL)
Hiral Patel (TDCA)
Jeremy Gordon (TDCA)
Usman Limbada (TDCA)
Henry Osinde (TDCA)
Raza Rehman (TDCA)

Coach:  Gus Logie

Manager:  Johnny Bujan

S&C/Athletic Therapist:  Scott Stanger

Performance Analyst:  Keith Deonaraine

Captain Ashish Bagai leads a veteran squad into Dubai with eyes on grabbing one of the 6 spots up for grabs in the 2014 T20 Cricket World Cup scheduled for April in Bangladesh. Canada will be looking to make good after dissapointing finishes (5th in 2008 and 8th in 2010) in the tournament in what could be the last chance at T20 glory for some of the squads veterans. 

Canada is in Group A with Ireland, UAE, United States, Namibia and Italy. The tournament starts November 15th and runs until November 30th.

Canada lands in Sri Lanka on November 1st for a 10 day training camp with matches against local first class sides as well as a game against Scotland.

 

 

Thu, 10/03/2013

Cricket Canada announces its launch of the inaugural GO TO BAT for CRICKET CANADA Fundraising Dinner.

Being held at Trappers Restaurant at 3479 Yonge Street in Toronto on Friday, November 29, 2013, you are invited to join us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée (including a vegetarian option), DJ entertainment, a Silent Auction, and meet-&-greet Team Coaches and Players.  Proceeds support junior development and our national teams.

Tickets are $100 per person and you will be provided with a charitable receipt for $50.  Dress code is Cocktail Attire. Tickets can be purchased at http://gotobatdinner.eventbrite.ca

Thu, 10/03/2013

Fans of Canadian Cricket can support junior development and Canada’s National Teams with a donation to Cricket Canada.  It’s easy … just click on this link:  http://cricketdonation.eventbrite.ca

Donations of $50 or more will receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes.

THANK YOU!

Thu, 10/03/2013

CRICKET CANADA EXAMINATIONS NOTICE

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Police Station, 23 Division, 5230 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON   M9V 0A1

 

Requirements:

Register by email before the date above, stating the level of examination that you wish to sit.  See below for the only method of registration.  Persons who fail to register may not be allowed to sit the examination.

Candidates for the Intermediate Umpire, Qualified Umpire, and Qualified Scorer certificates must bring their own calculators for Last Hour calculations and also bring D/L sheets and resource tables.

Candidates may only attempt more than one Cricket Canada umpiring examination and more than one Cricket Canada scoring examination in any calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) if they are successful in the first examination.

 

Provisional Umpire examination (Level 1).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws (Part A) and the  basic ICC Standard Playing Conditions (Part B) for limited overs matches.  To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are very strongly advised to study both “Tom Smith’s New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring” current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  The examination lasts for one hour.  Minimum age 12 years*.  Pass mark 70% in Part A and 70% in Part B.  Fee $10

 

Intermediate Umpire examination (Level 2).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate a very good knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).  Candidates must pass both Part A and Part B.  The examination lasts for two-and-a-half hours.  Pass mark 75%.  Fee $12

 

Qualified Umpire (Level 3).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A), including LBW and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).  The examination lasts for three hours.  Some answers to the questions require detailed explanations.  Candidates must pass both Parts A and B and the LBW questions.  Cricket Canada Qualified Umpires are capable of standing in any cricket match up to the national level.  Pass mark 80%.  Fee $12.  This qualification requires successful on-field assessments by umpires appointed by Cricket Canada.

 

Provisional Scorer examination.  Start time 9:00 am

Minimum age 12 years*.  Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches as they concern scorers.  To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are strongly advised to study both “Tom Smith’s New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring” current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  Pass mark 70%.  Fee $10

 

Qualified Scorer examination.  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws and Test match playing conditions (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method and bonus point calculation (Part B), as they concern scorers.  A score sheet is provided for Part C.  The examination lasts for three hours.  Candidates are expected to pass Parts A, B, and C.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  Pass mark 80%.  Fee $12

 

* assignments are subject to the local league’s playing conditions

 

Kantilal (Ken) Patel

Umpire Coordinator and Chairman, Umpire Certification

 

To register, contact:

Gwynne Giles

gwynnegiles@yahoo.ca

Copy:  patel_kantilal@hotmail.com

Mon, 09/30/2013

Cricket Canada (CC), is seeking energetic individuals or organizations capable of identifying and developing commercial opportunities and partnerships to assist in the development of cricket in Canada.  CC is the governing body for Cricket in Canada.

Cricket Canada is seeking a dedicated resources individual or group focused on identifying commercial opportunities and securing much needed financial resources. The successful applicant(s) will research, identify and procure new relationships with corporate partners and government agencies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with CC  senior management to establish a commercial strategy;
  • Research Government (Federal, Provincial and Local) grants that CC may be eligible to apply for;
  • With the support of CC, prepare grant applications and submit them on behalf of CC;
  • Prepare materials and distribute these to attract and secure benefactors and benevolent Foundations;
  • Assist in an analysis of  inventory of prospective commercial assets, creating commercial programs that are attractive to commercial supporters;
  • Research and identify key commercial segments that align with the objectives and assets of CC;
  • Develop commercial programs and sponsorship proposals aimed at securing corporate sponsors of cricket;
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with prospective corporate sponsors and government agencies;
  • Proactively create, build and enhance relationships with partners, ensuring their long term sustainability;
  • Deliver tangible commercial results within agreed target times;
  • Assist in the management of all sponsors and grant contracts, preparing for sponsor servicing ‘hand over’ to CC at the conclusion of the transaction.

 

RFP Requirements:

Submission of a proposal that covers the following:

  • Demonstration of experience in obtaining sponsorship
  • A short overview listing the planned approach
  • Examples of previous campaigns, preferably with copies of material
  • A listing of professional references
  • Expectations regarding retainer

 

Other requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary business degree
  • Significant sales experience in a sporting environment
  • Significant experience and proven track record in constructing sponsorship proposals and marketing materials
  • Advanced negotiating skills with potential benevolent Foundations, benefactors, sponsors and official suppliers
  • Proven success in identifying, establishing and building strong business partnerships
  • Experience and success in identifying and preparing government funding grant applications
  • Experience and involvement working in commercial transactions with benefactors and benevolent Foundations
  • Skills and experience in commercial strategic planning
  • Persuasive presentation skills
  • A self-starter, with a professional, determined and persistent approach

 

Nature of the Role:

Consultancy Agreement with retainer and commission to be negotiated; remuneration offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

If you feel that you can meet the challenge, please email your proposal and cover letter to doughannum@cricketcanada.org

This role is all about commercial results and consistent successful negotiations for the benefit of cricket development in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those deemed qualified will be contacted.

 

Applications close 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday October 11th, 2013.  

Wed, 09/25/2013

Cricket Canada (CC) is seeking to employ Community Coaches to work in its exciting CC Kids Program.

CC is the governing body for cricket in Canada, its head office is in Toronto and it is an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council as part of cricket’s global development programme.

The role of Community Coach is to sustainably grow participation in the Greater Toronto Area, in cooperation with the Cricket Council of Ontario, with a particular focus on developing the game in primary schools and transitioning these children into regular junior cricketers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting primary schools to be a part of CC Kids Programs
  • Planning and delivering quality programs within schools
  • Delivering introduction to cricket coach education courses for teachers, parents and volunteers
  • Promoting, recruiting and coordinating CC Kids Ten10 regional weeknight competitions
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships to influence the sustained growth of cricket through work with schools, facilities providers, parents, volunteers and other cricket stakeholders
    • Completing weekly reports to the Participation Project Manager which detail schools visited, competitions run, teachers trained and participant numbers
    • Provide strategic feedback on the delivery aspect of the program and any improvement areas

Requirements for a successful candidate include:

  • Understanding of Canadian schools and cricket environment
  • Level 1 Cricket Coaching Accreditation preferable
    • Current Police Record Check
    • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills with an ability to present to groups and influence change
  • Strong administration skills and proficiency with Microsoft word, excel and outlook programs
    • Experience with delivering cricket programs to children, teachers and volunteers
  • Experience organizing tournaments and events
  • Passionate, energetic, self driven and results-oriented

Conditions of employment:

  • Community Coaches will be Toronto based and casually employed and must be available to work both during school hours and after school hours.

 

A Position Description may be requested by emailing hr@cricketcanada.org.  If you meet the requirements and feel you can thrive in this role, please email a cover letter outlining what you believe to be the four most critical elements to delivering a successful cricket program for children aged 6 – 13 years and your resume to hr@cricketcanada.org by 5pm on Friday 11th October.

Thu, 08/29/2013

A tour which was dominated by Canada most of the way came to a screeching halt as a bad pitch undid Canada on Thursday. Losing a toss that had to be won, Canada's batsmen were hung out losing the first 6 wickets for 16 runs. Only Damodar Daesarath (29) managed to show any kind of gumption to bat through challenging conditions as Timm van der Gugten (5-24) and Peter Seelar (4-15) did Canada in.

SCORECARD

Tue, 08/27/2013

A spirited performance by Canada was ruined by wet outfield at MLCC on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even after a reserve day was brought into play, the field conditions were determined to be unplayable by match officials.

MATCH 1 

Winning the toss and bowling first in a 28 over rain reduced match, Canada's paceman struck early led by Jeremy Gordon, continuing his fine form from the summer. Gordon finished with 3-26 but it was debutant Kenneth Kamyuka who picked up four wickets, including one with his first ball in ODI cricket that did the damage. Netherlands were reeling at 62-6 but Ben Cooper led a steady rearguard that added crucial runs taking the total to 143. 

In reply, in form Ruvindu Gunaskera fell early but Hiral Patel and Nitish Kumar took the score to 61-1 off 10 overs before rain intervened. Canada will stat the day on Wednesday needing 82 runs in 18 overs with  9 wickets in hand. 

FOLLOW LIVE ON CRICHQ

Sat, 08/24/2013

Canada has won its first ICUP match in over 6 years with a 8 wicket win over the Netherlands. Canada began Day 3 with two quick wickets but Netherlands tail wagged enough to hang on until after lunch before Jeremy Gordon and Harvir Baidwan cleaned up the last few wickets. Canada needed 65 runs to get and Ruvindu Gunasekera quickly knocked off the runs.

Coach Gus Logie was pleased with the result.

Improvement in our performance in the ICUP has been steady and consistent, but we have not gone onto victory until this game against the Netherlands where there has been a shift in momentum. It has strengthened the belief in the squad,particularly those, whose performances have already won rave reviews.
As we strive for excellence both on and off the field, our focus now shifts to the ODI format. There is all indication that it will beexciting cricket from both teams."

 

SCORECARD

DAY 2 - CANADA 436 ALL OUT (Gunasekera 150) | Netherlands 164 ALL OUT & 169-4 (Gordon 2-57)
 
Ruvindu Gunaskera scored a career best 150 in the second day of the Intercontinental Cup match on Friday at MLCC. Half centuries by Salman Nazar (60) and Jimmy Hansra (53) paired with a late flourish from the tail led Canada to a massive 436 all out.
 
The lead looked even bigger when Canada struck early to reduce the Netherlands to 4-2. Netherlands showed strong fight back and now sit at 169-4 as they fight to stay in the match.
 
 
DAY 1 - NETHERLANDS 164 ALL OUT (Rehman 4-8, Gordon 4-56) | CANADA 116-4 (Gunasekera 60*, Nazar 0*)

An enthralling day of mulit-day cricket where 14 wickets fell for 280 runs has left Canada with their nose slightly ahead after the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match at Maple Leaf Cricket Club at King City. 

Ashish Bagai backed his bowlers when we won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Netherlands got off to a solid start with Eric Szwarczynski hitting a solid half century. Netherlands were crusing at 132-3 before Canada struck. Jeremy Gordon and Raza Rehman each picked 4 wickets adding to the 2 scalps nabbed by Cecil Pervez. The final 10 Netherlands overs saw them lose 6 wickets for 27 runs after tea. 

Ruvindu Gunasekera (60*) and Hiral Patel (15) started positively for Canada before Vivian Kligma snared Patel, Kumar, and Rehman in short order. Bagai and Gunasekera put on 73 runs in a mere 12 overs before Bagai fell just before the close of play. The wicket would give Netherlands some hope but it was certainly Canada's day.