Canada lose another squeaker in Mombasa
The Mombasa tri-series has produced more than its share of exciting finishes, and today's match between Canada and Scotland was no exception. Once again, the result was not certain until the last overs of the match - and once again Canada was left holding the short end of the stick.
Canada won the toss and elected to bat first, with Abdool Samad joining captain John Davison in opening the batting. The skipper started out masterfully, playing shots all around the ground and scoring at better than a run a ball. Samad did his job as a partner, scoring runs when they were there, and getting Davison back on strike when there were not. However, as has so often happened to Canada's top order, they were unable to go on as first Samad and then Davison were gone with the score on 64. The rest of the Canadian bats were unable to make any noise, with the exception of Sunil Dhaniram, who salvaged the innings with a 46, scored largely with tailenders partnering with him. Canada were all out for just 208 in 44.3 overs. Wright led the bowlers, taking 3/29 from his 8.3 overs, and Blain chipped in with three wickets of his own. Rogers was spectacular in his own right, taking 2/22 from a full 10 over spell and really restricting the Canadians.
Scotland's innings didn't get off to a great start, as Nav Poonia was lost for just 2 runs, but was quickly rebuilt by the rest of the top order. Haq high-scored with 45 (off just 44 balls), with Hamilton and Watson chipping in 44 and 39, respectively. The batsmen were patient in scoring the runs, knowing the target would not be overly hard to get to, but Canada managed to get wickets to fall on a regular basis. Once Hamilton was gone, the situation sat at 163/7 and the match was perfectly balanced with Scotland needing 46 runs and Canada 3 wickets for the win. In the end, the tail-end managed themselves well, and got to the target with just 16 balls remaining. The best bowler for Canada was by far Dhaniram, who took 2/24 from his 8.2 overs and gave Canada a chance to win this game. Cummins and Davison also took two wickets each.
Scotland will be very happy with the win - clinching 2nd place in the triseries and looking forward to the upcoming WCL with excitement. For Canada, it is much the same as what they experienced last summer - both their bowlers and batsmen are able to do well, but they seem never to be able to in the same match. Canada will take on Kenya tomorrow.