CANADA DEFEAT NETHERLANDS IN INTERCONTINENTAL CUP
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."
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.