The UAE have managed to draw against Canada in a rain affected match, despite conceding a substantial first innings lead.
Overnight rain on Wednesday night meant that no play was possible on the opening day or much of day two. When play did get under way on that second day, the UAE batted first after Canada won the toss, and reached 73-4 at close of play, Swapnil Patil unbeaten on 43.
The third day saw wickets collapse around Patil, with the UAE going from 102-5 to 116 all out, Patil remaining unbeaten on 76. Jeremy Gordon finished the innings off with a hat trick to end with figures of 6-43.
Canada then set about building a substantial first innings lead, with Nitish Kumar and Ashish Bagai putting on 96 for the third wicket, a partnership that ended when Bagai was out for 43. Kumar went on to score 103, his first international century and signs perhaps that he's finally set to fulfil the potential that the Scarborough, Ontario native showed as a youngster.
Captain Jimmy Hansra and Damodar Daesrath batted out the rest of the day with a 168 run partnership, Daesrath scoring the second century of the innings, unbeaten at the close of play on 110. Canada at this point were 366-4, a first innings lead of 250.
Surprisingly, Canada didn't declare overnight, instead opting to bat on. Daesrath was out early on the final day, and Hansra followed him soon after, opting to declare at that point with the score on 369-6.
With little chance of a victory, the UAE opted to bat out the day. Their captain Khurram Khan led the way with an unbeaten 121 as the UAE reached 207-4, the match petering out into a tame draw.
These two teams will now meet in two World Cricket League Championship matches on Tuesday and Thursday, with the UAE hoping to win both to keep alive their chance of joining Ireland in the 2015 World Cup.
Canada drew with UAE
King City, Ontario, 1-4 August
UAE 116 (38.5 overs, S Patil 76*, J Gordon 6-43) & 207-4 (90 overs, Khurram Khan 121*)
Canada 369-6d (86.3 overs, D Daesrath 111, N Kumar 103, J Hansra 67, Amjad Javed 3-72)