Canada v Netherlands, Intercontinental Cup, Ontario, 2nd day June 30, 2007

Osinde and Sandher boost Canada

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Netherlands 297 and 49 for 3 (Szwarczynski 21*, Borren 0*) lead Canada 337 for 9 dec (Dhaniram 73, Osinde 60*, Sandhar 57, Shahzad Khan 55) by nine runs

A ninth-wicket stand of 89 between Kevin Sandher and Henry Osinde earned Canada a handy lead against Netherlands, in their Intercontinental Cup tie in Toronto, before three late wickets left them on top at the end of the second day.

Sandher and Osinde came together with Canada still 49 behind Netherlands' 297 and both players hit their highest first-class scores to swing the momentum. The visitors had taken the early honours by reducing Canada to 141 for 6 after Ashish Bagai, the captain, had fallen for 33.

Sunil Dhaniram began the fightback with an 87-ball 73, but Canada's cause wasn't helped when Umar Bhatti had to retire hurt on 0. Sandher, though, provided solid support, firstly for Dhaniram, then for the aggressive Osinde.

After being in a position to take a lead, Netherlands now had to wipe off a deficit and they started poorly when Alex Kervezee, who made 98 in the first innings, fell to Osinde's fourth ball. Two further wickets fell before the close and Netherlands hold a narrow advantage of nine runs moving into a pivotal third day.