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News: Canada beat Kenya by 25 runs…

For all that I dislike about cricket in Canada, I have to confess that this game of cricket against Kenya was a great one.

Kenya on top initially with Canada at 90/7….
then Canada fighting back into the game and making around 250…
then Canada on top with Kenya at 14/4….
then Kenya fighting their way back in, and nearly pulling off a first innings win…..
Then Canada getting into the act and getting a decent second innings lead…..
Then Kenya fighting back for outright win at 150/4, needing another 150 with 6 wickets…..
Then Canada fighting back to leave Kenya with only 2 wickets 
Kenya fighting back to nearly take the game….
Canada prevailing in the end and winning the game….

All congrats must go to the Canadian groundsmen, curators, organizers….. and also the team, I hear that 2 of them had to work night shifts for a week so that they could get time off from work to play for 4 days. Bhatti, Osinde, Barnett (finally!) and Bagai were all very good for Canada. Tikolo, C Obuya, Mishra and Ngoche gave good performances for Kenya.

However, the wheel has turned full circle. 2 months back, Canada were the worst associate, even worse than Bermuda. Now they beat Kenya in a 4 day match. For Kenya, things have have gone from bad to worse as the world cup gets nearer. They are now knocked out of the intercontinental cup.

Lets see what happens in the ODIs.

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  1. Ram
    August 2, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Nasir,

    I thought if a much stronger Netherlands cannot defeat Kenya over 4 days, Canada might have a tough time against Kenya but…I think this is because of Canada having a stronger bowling lineup than the Dutch, though it’ll be interesting to see how they go about against Bermuda in 10 days time given that they recently lost to them in the triseries in WI.

    I also heard that this 4-day match seems to have attracted quite some interest in Canada, with the Toronto Star covering it on a daily basis and the CTV evening news carrying a brief piece on the first day and a longer piece on the last day’s victory, not to mention hundred ‘vocal’ people who turned up even on weekdays despite the match being held in a suburb ground…However, most of this must be credited to Eddie Norfolk in his capacity as the game’s promoter in Canada..It remains to be seen what the ODIs can attract given this win and Canada’s qualification to the WC next year..

  2. August 3, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    The much stronger Netherlands lost some valuable time due to rain and soggy pitch etc. And they were on top at that time. Plus the Netherlands team had the disadvantage of playing in Kenya, which Canada did not.

    Overall, Netherlands IS a stronger team than both Canada and Kenya. Though, in ICCs eyes, Canada is stronger than Netherlands, and Kenya is much stronger than all other associates 🙂

    Netherlands unfortunately chose to play all their games as away series. Otherwise I think they would have knocked out the other associates in their intercontinental cup group in Dutch conditions.

  3. Ram
    August 3, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    I wonder why Netherlands had to play both their Intercontinental cup games against Canada and Bermuda in Dec in SA when I think the teams were free in September, which I think is perfectly fine in terms of weather for not just Netherlands but also Canada/Bermuda to host these games..I thought these countries couldn’t find a proper time that was suitable for these matches to be held in either one of the three countries…Also, matches in Bermuda would’ve attracted quite a crowd though am not sure if the quality of pitches there influenced this decision..Or, Does it have anything to do with player availability?

  4. August 3, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    A painful result from a fantastic match. All credit to Canada.
    I’m not convinced that the European Associates are so much stronger than the rest. I think most of the top 6 Associates can beat the others on any given day. Certainly in an ODI.
    We have all said this before, but there are simply not enough games between them all to really tell until the round robin in Jan next year for the ODIs and then the round robin I.C in 2007 for the 4-days.
    That said, Kenya do have a lot of work to do before then, and at the moment would probably rank 6/8 in the 4-day format. In ODI’s I still believe we are stronger than most, but I guess the weekends matches and return series vs Bangladesh will be the real indication.

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