Canada's return to the West Indies domestic one-day tournament has not gone as well as they would have hoped as they crashed to a 184 run defeat against Guyana yesterday.
Canada put the Leewards in to bat and they ran up 367/4 from their 50 overs. Opening batsman Austin Richards scored 141 - his first List A century - whist Runako Morton and Omari Banks also contributed with 72 and 75 respectively. Karun Jethi and Harvir Baidwan both took two wickets each for the Canadians.
Canada never stood a chance in their run chase, and didn't really try to reach their target, instead attempting to bat out their overs. This they did, with Qaiser Ali top scoring with 52. Captain Sunil Dhaniram (44) and Harvir Baidwan (38) also got starts as Canada reached 183/7 from their 50 overs. Omari Banks was the pick of the Leewards' bowlers with 2/24.
In the other matches of the day Barbados beat defending champions Barbados by 21 runs and hosts Guyana beat the Combined Campuses and Colleges by 4 wickets. The USA will play Barbados, who they beat in the 2000 tournament, later today, whilst Canada will next be in action tomorrow against Trinidad & Tobago.
Leeward Islands beat Canada by 184 runs
Everest Cricket Club Ground, Georgetown, 13 November
Leeward Islands 367/4 (50 overs, A Richards 141, O Banks 75, R Morton 72)
Canada 183/7 (50 overs, Qaiser Ali 52, S Dhaniram 44, H Baidwan 38*)