Canada beat Uganda in warm-up match
On Sunday, Canada picked up a 109-run victory over Uganda in a final warm-up match before the World Cricket League tournament begins for them on Tuesday. The best news was not just the win, but rather the return of dangerous paceman Umar Bhatti, who saw his first game action since sustaining an ankle injury before the commencement of this tour.
Batting first, Canada did well in making 285 for the loss of 7 wickets (from 50 overs). The top scorer was Qaiser Ali, who made 72 runs. He was aided by contributions of 66 not out from Asif Mulla and 45 from Desmond Chumney. The best Ugandan bowler was Kenneth Kamyuka, who had figures of 3/34 from his ten overs.
Umar Bhatti made his return a fruitful one, as he removed both the Ugandan openers on his way to a 2/17 performance. Though he only bowled 5 overs, it is expected that he will be fit to bowl as many as necessary by the time the tournament begins in earnest. Kevin Sandher took 3 wickets, and Don Maxwell bowled 10 overs conceding just 14 runs, though he was not able to take any wickets. When the 50 overs were gone, Uganda had managed just 176 for 7, and Canada had a comfortable win.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai added captain to his list of responsibilities, as both skipper John Davison and his vice-captain George Codrington sat this one out, opting to rest up for the tournament ahead. The CCA website is reporting that some players (not naming which ones) are still feeling the effects of the viral infection that forced the forfeit of an ODI against Kenya, but that they will most likely be fit by Tuesday.