Canada outclassed by Jamaicans
Canada's bad run of form continued yesterday after they were completely outclassed by Jamaica. Looking hopelessly out of their depth, they crashed to a second nine wicket defeat.
Jamaica won the toss and put Canada into bat. The openers looked to be struggling with the swinging deliveries bowled by the Jamaican opening bowlers, and were dispatched pretty swiftly. Rizwan Cheema played some quite ludicrous attempts at slogging the ball, but only connected three times, one of which was to give Marlon Samuels an easy catch on the midwicket boundary, becoming the third wicket for David Bernard.
Tyson Gordon and Zubin Sukari attempted to provide some sort of backbone to the innings, but they were scoring too slowly. Sukari was injured taking a quick single, and began batting with a runner. As is so often the case, the runner was to prove his downfall, in quite farcical circumstances.
One over after Gordon was trapped lbw by Tamar Lambert, Sukari played and missed to Odean Brown. Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh whipped the bails off, but Sukari was well in his crease. A glance over to runner Hiral Patel though revealed that he was backing up and he was out of his crease. Originally given as a stumping, it was changed during the interval to a run out.
Canada limped along to make 101-7 from their 20 overs, and the target was no problem for Jamaica. Xavier Marshall smashed 52 from 43 balls to help his team win by nine wickets with seven overs to spare. Trevin Bastiampillai was the only wicket-taker, having Marshall caught by Geoff Barnett as he looked to win the game with a six.
Canada now travel to Trinidad, where they will play the Leeward Islands on Wednesday. The match will be covered live on CricketEurope.