Canada crash to opening match defeat
Given that this match was broadcast on the website of CBC, Canada's national broadcaster, Cricket Canada would have been hoping for a better performance from their side in order to help advertise the game to a potential wider audience.
Unfortunately, Canada were outclassed by a strong Trinidad & Tobago side that are essentially the defending champions having won the second, and final, edition of the now infamous Stanford 20/20 tournament in 2008 in the opening match of the new Caribbean Twenty20.
After an opening ceremony that included the teams being introduced to West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes, Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and chose to send Canada, who were fielding two debutants in the shape of Tyson Gordon and Hamza Tariq and missing Ashish Bagai due to injury, into bat.
Canada's innings started slowly with the score on just 6 when Trevin Bastiampillai was first out in the third over. This brought Geoff Barnett to the crease and he shook of the bad run of form that blighted him during WCL1 in the Netherlands with a 33 ball 37, featuring two sixes, before he was out.
The score at that point was 54-3 from 11.5 overs, but with Rizwan Cheema having recently arrived in the middle, Canada would have been hoping for some big-hitting from him to take them to a competitive total. And he looked to be in the big-hitting mood when he struck the next ball following Barnett's dismissal for six.
But he was out from the very next ball he faced having scored just seven, and Canada never really recovered. They made 110-8 from their 20 overs, Toronto native Zubin Sukari scoring 26 from 20 to hold the lower order together. Dave Mohammed was the pick of the Trinidad bowlers with 2-10 from his four overs of spin bowling.
The target was never going to be a problem for Trinidad & Tobago, but the manner in which they achieved it suggests that they're going to be the team to beat in this tournament. They scored the required runs in 14.1 overs, losing just one wicket. Adrian Barath led the way by smashing 66 from 47 balls.
In the other Group A match yesterday, Jamaica also won by nine wickets, against the Leeward Islands. Canada will come up against Jamaica on Saturday in a match which will be covered live on CricketEurope. There is associate interest in today's Group B matches though, as USA international Lennox Cush is in the Guyana squad for their match against the Windward Islands.