Fri, 11/15/2013

A lacklustre effort on either side of the ball has left Canada in a deep hole at the World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi today. Batting first and putting up a small total of 137-6, Canada were forced to defend hard but could not pick up enough wickets to stunt the USA charge. Defending 24 off the last 2 overs, the USA chipped away at the total to win the game with one ball to spare. 

Canada take on Ireland tomorrow.

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Canada’s plays its first match of the World Twenty20 Qualifier Friday against the United States of America in Abu Dhabi.

The North American rivals lock horns in the tournament opener for both teams as they look to get off to a winning start. Both teams split their warm up matches with Canada defeating Afghanistan before losing to Bermuda while the USA lost to Scotland before beating Nepal.

The two sides last played during the Teacher’s Auty Cup T20 Series in Toronto with Canada winning both T20’s handily. Ruvindu Gunaskera was the inform batsmen for Canada scoring 131 runs in the two innings.

The match can watched live in Canada on Sportsnet.ca and begins at 0500 Eastern Time.

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FORM GUIDE

CANADA : WWLWL
USA : LW

  • Canada are 7-7-0 all time in the WT20 qualifiers but have never qualified for the big event. The best finish was 5th in 2008.
  • USA are 3-9-0 all time with a best finish of 6th in 2010. USA have also not qualified for the big event.
  • Ashish Bagai tops Canada's batting averages in T20 with 27.70 at 98.1 slightly ahead of Ruvindu Gunasekera's 26.2 at 112.3. Gunasekera is also Canada's leading run getter in the format at 602 from 23 innings.
  • Harvir Baidwan is Canada's leading T20 wicket taker with 32 from 28 games with Rizwan Cheema close behind at 27 from 34.
  • Steven Taylor with 179 runs at 19.9 is the USA's highest run scorer in T20 while Muhammed Ghous

CANADA Probable :  Ashish Bagai,Jimmy Hansra,Hiral Patel,Harvir Baidwan,Jeremy Gordon,Ruvindu Gunasekera,Rizwan Cheema,Usman Limbada,Henry Osinde,Raza Rehman 

USA Probable : Neil McGarrell (Captain), Adam Sanford,Akeem Dodson,Barrington Bartley,Danial Ahmed,Elmore Hutchinson,Fahad Babar,Japen Patel,Karan Ganesh,Muhammad Ghous,Orlando Baker

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Sun, 08/11/2013

After a trio of disappointing performances by Canada, the canucks will look to reboot in their final tour match with UAE in a CIBC International T20 at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (141 WIlson Avenue),

WATCH the matches LIVE on Rogers TV (10/63), Rogers Sports Plus (368/369) and Sportsnet.ca/cricket starting at 3:30PM ET.

 

Mon, 08/05/2013

At the end of the Canada vs UAE Intercontinental Cup fixure on Sunday, Cricket Canada head coach Gus Logie offered the following comments in summary Canada's performance and looking ahead to WCL 50 over and CIBC International T20 fixtures this week:

"After a rained out first day and only limited play possible on the second, it was a credit to the ground-staff for providing us with two and a bit days of cricket which Canada made the most off.

Securing first innings points on the heels of brilliant bowling and fielding to restrict the UAE for 116 was a joy to watch, and following that with brilliant batting to set up an improbable win made for a very competent performance from the Canada team.

Credit to all the players involve and those that made hundreds and taken wickets, In the end we did not achieve our goal of an outright win, but we would have done our confidence a world of good going into the ODI phase of the tournament.

We expect to continue our form and take a high level of confidence into the rest of this series." - GUS LOGIE

 

 

Sun, 08/04/2013

MATCH SCORECARDS ON CRICHQ & CRICINFO

DAY 4: CANADA 369-6 | UAE 207-4

A match saving and unbeaten innings from UAE skipper Khurram Khan (121* runs from 264 balls) has drawn the match.  Canadian pacer Jeremy Gordon picked up Man of Match honours for his combined bowling figures of 8-77.

At drinks in the 2nd session, DAY 3 hero Jeremy Gordon has captured another 2 UAE wickets taking his wicket count to 8 and Hiral Patel has notched 1 wicket with UAE now at 109/3 from 45 overs.  The dangerous UAE skipper Khurram Khan remains at the crease at 57 runs from 122 balls.

After losing Hansra and Daesrath early on Day 4, Canada only added 3 runs to their overnight DAY 3 total and chose to declare with a healthy 253 run lead.  

DAY 3: UAE 116 ALL OUT (38.5 OVERS) | CANADA 366-4

At stumps on Day 3, Canada sit at 366/4 and a 250 run 1st innnings lead.

Centuries from Nitish Kumar (103) and Damodar Daesrath (100*) have propelled Canada into a commanding position.  Earlier in the day, a fiery spell of pace bowling by Jeremy Gordon (6-43 including a hat trick) battered the UAE resitsance.

Jimmy Hansra (60*) has batted well in partnerships with both centurions and is poised for a big one himself.

At tea, Canada grabbed a 45 run lead after Nitish Kumar and Ashish Bagai (43) combined for a 96 run 3rd wicket partnership.

To start the day, Canadian seamers made quick work of UAE.  Harvir Baidwan (2-46 in 12 overs) struck early and Geremey Gordon (6-43 in 13.6) ran through the UAE resistance including a hat trick.

DAY 2: UAE 73-4 (28.1 OVERS)

Play finally got underway at Maple Leaf CC on Friday (3:20pm) after a monsoon like downpour Wednesday night had washed away day 1 and and most of day 2 play of Canada's Inter-Continental Cup fixture vs the UAE.

Canada siezed momentum early taking wickets with regularitly as UAE finished the first 28.1 overs of their innings at 72-4.  Henry Osinde (1-20 in 10 overs), Jeremy Gordon (2-25 in 8.1), Harvir Baidwan (0-20 in 7) and Parth Desai (1-6 in 3) all made an impact.  Parth Desai is also noted for a stunning catch at backward point off the bowling of Jeremy Gordon to claim the dangerous UAE skipper Khurram Khan (21 off 76).

Play was haulted due to poor light conditions, to the shagrin of the Canadians and set to resume on Day 3 at 10:30am.

DAY 1: ABANDONED WITHOUT A BALL BEING BOWLED

 

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Mon, 07/29/2013

Canada have completed the 2013 Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup Series in convincing fashion by winning both T20 contests on Sunday.

Ruvindu Gunasekera was the batting star smashing 58 in the first match and an impressive 73 runs in the 2nd.  Gunasekera enjoyed a productive series which included a 2nd innings century in the 2 day encouter.  For his performance with the bat, Gunasekera topped the #AUTYCUP CRICHQ MVP RANKINGS with 21.16 ponts.

SCORECARD MATCH 1 | SCORECARD MATCH 2

Both T20 matches were broadcast live in HD on Rogers TV, Rogers Sports Plus, and Sportsnet.ca.

Coach Logie was positive at the performance of the team and looked forward to the upcoming UAE series:

"The Auty Cup performances has given the players some confidence going into their I Cup game against the UAE. We are beginning to see some level of consistency from Ravindu which augurs well for the future. Two hundreds over the last few days from Damodar and Ravindu has excited everyone, and expectation that others can do the same has started making the rounds.

We look forward to the challenge that UAE brings with a hightened sense of anticipation and focus that we can get a favourable result."

- GUS LOGIE

Sun, 07/28/2013

The 2013 Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup will conclude on Sunday with a pair of T20's at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON.  

The event will mark the return of Canadian cricket to its 2013 broadcast home on Rogers TV (GTA), Rogers Sports Plus (Ontario), and Sportsnet.ca (Global Streaming) for the two T20 matches starting at 11:00AM and 3:30PM ET respectively.

Canada have been developing solid form this series having won the historic Auty Cup 2 day encounter on a first innings lead and setting a respectable total in the 50 over match before rain interrupted play on Saturday.

Today's match ups are sure to provide a full dose of smash mouth T20 action as Canada's national men's team continue to prepare for November's ICC World T20 Qualifiers.

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UPCOMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sunday JUL 28th | T20 | Match 1 | Canada vs USA | 11:00AM ET  

Sunday JUL 28th | T20 | Match 2 | Canada vs USA | 3:30PM ET  

* Broadcast partners Rogers TV and Sportsnet.ca will carry, LIVE and in stunning HD, both T20 matches on Sunday July 28th.

** Auty Cup match replays will occur on Sportsnet World at 8:00pm ET on Monday July 29th and Tuesday July 30th.

 

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Sat, 07/27/2013
UPDATE:: Canada's Women have registered their first ever win at an ICC global event today by defeating Japan in a thriller at the ICC WWT20Q in Ireland.
 
 
Canada's Women continue their campaign at the ICC Women's World T20 Qualfier in Ireland today as they take on Japan in their final group stage match.
 
Follow the match LIVE ON CRICINFO starting at 9:00AM ET 
 
National Women's team coach George Codrington offered his thoughts on his teams performance at the ICC WWT20Q ahead of today's contest and the Shield competition that will follow next week.
 
It has been an a learning experience for the players. The game against Sri Lanka was a real eye opener for the players as the difference in skill and experience was obvious. The big difference between us and the teams we have played so far other than Sri Lanka have not been the skill set of the players, but rather the huge difference in experience and the opportunity to play more often.
 
The girls are not giving up and have set their sights on winning the shield competition which would improve our world ranking.
 
The feedback from the other coaches and managers is that we have a good technical team, but lack playing experience, This along with a more viable domestic competition will help the players prepare better for future competitions at the higher level.
 
- George Codrington