News: Netherlands beat Canada….
But Canada would perhaps come out to be the happier of the sides at the end of the day….. it was a stiff target of 271 runs, and Canada were without the services of their leading 3 batsmen, the imports Davison, Barnett and Bilcliff. Still, for them to get to within 17 runs of the target was an excellent display, and Netherlands has more to think about their bowling. They are becoming somewhat of a one trick pony based around ten Doeschate. He is their premier batsman at 1 down, and is now also leading the attack. Kervezee did very well, and it was good to see Zuiderant get back in the runs. But Jonkman was perhaps a notch below what I was expecting, though Borren was impressive. The one thing that still puzzles me is the Dutch spin bowlers. Kashif bowled only 2 overs for 16 runs, not very impressive, but the fact that he got only a couple of overs also tells me a bit about the confidence level of the captain in the young spinners. Van Bunge on the other hand has been effective of late fairly regularly, but his bowling is not that great, even by associate standards, and one can look at his performance with the ball in the Euro Asia cup in UAE to see the thrashings he received at the hands of the A teams.
Canada would be very happy with Bagai, who may actually solve a bit of a problem in the Canadian lineup as well coming in at 1 down. Jyoti, Maxwell and Chumney (how old is he? 45?) all did pretty well, and so did Bhatti and Dhaniram with the ball. George Codrigton should be coming down lower in the order, Bagai can be promoted to the 1 down spot. It looks like Canada actually has a good problem to solve once their 3 major batsmen get available.
Its becoming more and more convoluted to figure out a ranking between Holland, Kenya, post Hemp Bermuda, and Canada.