May 23, 2017
Rizwan Cheema Man of the Match

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Canada's tournament got off to an excellent start today with a 66 run win over hosts Uganda in Kampala.  Rain delayed the start, and when play got under way the match was reduced to 42 overs per side. Canada batted after winning the toss, and after captain Nitish Kumar’s 43 had got them off to a good start, the innings became becalmed after they lost three wickets in four balls.

Canada took control of the game with a brilliant innings of 91 in 44 balls by Rizwan Cheema, featuring ten sixes, putting on 105 in an 6th wicket partnership with Dhanuka Pathirana who made 35. This allowed them to post a respectable total of 234/8.

A fine opening spell from Cecil Pervez reduced Uganda to 20/3 and they never recovered as the Canadian bowlers gave little away. Uganda were bowled out for 168 in 38.2 overs. Pervez finished with 4 wickets for 44, Dhindsa 2/14 and Dutta bowled 6 overs for 14 runs and two wickets. Rizwan Cheema was named man of the match.

After the win, Ingle Liburd, the team manager, sent a message to the board and stated “We have been talking about staying ahead of everyone. The attitude is to keep winning”. 

Canada now face Oman (who beat USA in their opening match today) tomorrow, 24th of May, with the match scheduled to start at 3 am EST in Kampala.

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)