Imran Khan (digicel)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the star of the show, as the West Indies made light work of Canada in their Digicel-sponsored Jamaica Cricket Festival ODI encounter at Jamaica's cricketing Mecca, Sabina Park, winning comfortably by 208 runs.
Winning the toss and batting first, the West Indies posted 316 for 4 off their 50 overs, with Chanderpaul stroking his way to six fours and a six in his knock of 101, to top score for the regional team.
In their reply, Canada struggled to 108 all out in 39.2 overs, in a truly one-sided affair. Chanderpaul's ton came off 120 balls, but the Guyanese - who was making his first meaningful contribution with the bat since the start of the series - was not the only West Indian to get among the runs, as Darren Bravo's 74 from 75 balls (6x4, 2x6), Andre Fletcher's 48 from 56 balls and Ramnaresh Sarwan's blistering unbeaten 47 from 26 balls (5x4, 1x6), all contributed to the Windies' intimidating total.
Fletcher was the first to go - after playing the role of aggressor in his opening partnership with Chanderpaul - when he was caught by Rizwan Cheema off the bowling of Parth Desai with 88 runs on the board.
There was no further joy for the Canadians until another 143 runs were added to the scoreboard, with Chanderpaul and Bravo sharing in the second wicket stand that pretty much took the wind out of the Canadian attack. Bravo was, however, removed at the hands of Cheema, who bowled the young batsman, and as is too frequently the case, after one batsman from a lengthy partnership is removed, Chanderpaul was walking in the next over, caught by Zubin Surkari, Umar Bhatti the bowler.
The Windies added another 80 runs in their last 10 overs, as Hiral Patel ended with 1 for 28 off four overs for the Canadians. Desai had 1 for 60 (nine overs), including a maiden over, while Bhatti 1 for 61 (10 overs) and Cheema 1 for 63 (10 overs) were the other successful bowlers for the North Americans.
When they chased things didn't start too brightly for the Canadians, as they lost opener Trevin Bastiampillai in the second over with the score on eight, after he was undone by Sulieman Benn who threw directly over the stumps while fielding in the deep, giving wicketkeeper Fletcher little to do in executing a run out.
Cheema, who was at the other end, didn't last much longer as he was bowled by David Bernard Jr for 10. He did, however, score a massive six to light up the early response. Canada lost their next five wickets for 39 runs and only Surkari, who managed 19 runs, could achieve double figures among the lot amidst the West Indian bowling onslaught.
However, it was Bhatti who top scored for Canada with an unbeaten knock of 32 off a marathon 77 balls. Nikita Miller was the best West Indian with the ball, bagging 3 for 15 off 9.2 overs, while captain, Darren Sammy, offered support with 2 for 14 (6 overs), with Benn claiming 2 for 24.
The West Indies will tackle Ireland on Thursday as the festival continues at Sabina Park. The regional team will once again face the Irish two days later before closing the series against their ICC World Twenty20 Championship group rivals on Sunday. The ICC World Twenty20 Championship is set for the Caribbean from April 30 to May 16.