August 27, 2006

World Cricket League Americas Division

Bermuda bag title after Canada's win

Kanishkaa Balachandran
John Davison, the Canadian captain, watches his match-winning stroke go to the boundary to give his side a 10-wicket win over USA. Davison made 62 not out, at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, August 26, 2006
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John Davison, the Canadian captain, lead the way to his side's ten-wicket victory over USA in Ontario, on Saturday. Canada's win meant that Bermuda have won the World Cricket League Americas Division One tournament, with three wins (over Canada, Cayman Islands and Argentina) and a no-result (against USA).

Davison won the toss and put USA in to bat, which proved to be a fine decision and the Canadian bowling contained the might of the USA top order, who had pummeled the bowlers in their previous matches.

Davison came on to bowl in the twelfth over and immediately bowled Gowkaran Roopnaraine for 25. Three balls later, Steve Massiah was run out in a mix-up and the most prolific scorer in the tournament was dismissed. Davison brought fast bowler Steve Welsh back into the attack and Welsh struck twice in two balls to remove Lennox Cush and Desai. USA were left tottering at 65 for the loss of 6 wickets.

Davison, and Kevin Sandher, a slow left-arm bowler, then mopped up the tail to dismiss USA for 116. The last four wickets fell with a replacement ball after Imran Awan had lofted a ball from Sandher out of the ground.

Davison and opener Sandeep Jyoti – who strung together a useful partnership the previous day against Argentina - combined well before the luncheon interval to leave Canada at 104 for no loss. Davison played the winning shot shortly after the interval to finish with an unbeaten 62, which included six fours and a six. Jyoti was unbeaten on 44.

This match concluded Canada's home international program for the year. The team is scheduled to tour South Africa in November for a tri-series with Bermuda and the Netherlands. That will be the start of the winter campaign leading to the World Cup in March 2007.

Eddie Norfolk

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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