Canada v Netherlands, Intercontinental Cup, Ontario, 1st day June 29, 2007

Kervezee and Bukhari frustrate Canada

Cricinfo staff

Canada 65 for 2 trail Netherlands 297 (Kervezee 98, Bukhari 66*, Osinde 4-47) by 232 runs

Netherland's Alexei Kervezee goes down the wicket and hammers a six to reach his fifty © Eddie Norfolk

A fine 98 from Alexei Kervezee and a crucial all-round performance from Mudassar Bukhari gave the Netherlands a positive start on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match against Canada at Toronto. Canda closed on 65 for 2 in reply to Netherlands' 297.

Canada won the toss and stuck Netherlands in, a decision that they will have rued as Kervezee and Tom de Grooth put on 96 for the first wicket. Canada finally broke through just before lunch when de Grooth fell for 38.

In the afternoon Canada fought back, and only 17-year-old Kervezee prevented Netherlands from falling apart. When he was caught two runs short of his maiden hundred, Canada appeared to be vindicating their captain's decision. But Bukhari launched a belligerent counterattack, and Canada's frustration grew as he added 63 for the tenth wicket with Mark Jonkman

No sooner had Bukhari taken off his pads than he was back in the action, removing Geoff Barnett and Trevin Bastiampillai in his first over to leave Canada 5 for 2.

Ashish Bagai and Shezhad Khan ensured there were no more mishaps before the close, but Canada have some hard work ahead of them on a pitch which is expected to deteriorate from the third day.