Top order fails again as Canada are defeated by Zimbabwe
The Canadian team reshuffled their batting order in today's match against Zimbabwe, but it didn't do them any good. The change they needed to make didn't happen as John Davison retained his openers spot, this time alongside the 16 year old Nitish Kumar, who was only one year old when Davison made his first-class debut in the 1995/96 Australian season. The pair represent the oldest and youngest player in the tournament.
Davison failed again, falling for a duck, whilst Kumar scored just a single. Canada soon collapsed to 7-3 and struggled to make 123 before they were bowled out. Ray Price was the pick of the bowlers with 3-16, whilst Zubin Sukari top scored with 26 for Canada.
Earlier, the match had started well for Canada as Khurram Chohan trapped Brendan Taylor lbw from the first ball of the match. Charles Coventry soon followed him back to the dressing room and Zimbabwe were reeling on 7-2. But Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine then recovered the innings with a 181 run partnership for the third wicket.
Taibu and Ervine made 98 and 85 respectively before they became the first two of four wickets for Balaji Rao, who bowled well to take 4-57. The Zimbabwean middle order lost wickets regularly, but increased the scoring rate, eventually taking Zimbabwe to a total of 298-9 from their 50 overs, a total that was to prove beyond the Canadians.
Canada now have a week off before their next match against Kenya. A serious rethink is needed, especially with regards to their batting order. Davison is struggling, and Tyson Gordon, who has a double century in a Twenty20 club match, certainly shouldn't be down at number eight.
The next associate team in action will be Kenya, who play Sri Lanka tomorrow in Colombo.