Trinidad & Tobago v Canadians, Pointe-a-Pierre October 18, 2008

Trinidad-Canada a washout

Roger Seepersad

Canadians 57 for 7 v Trinidad & Tobago 30 for 3 - match abandoned

The so-called Clash of the Reds Twenty20 match between Trinidad and Tobago and a Canadian side proved to be nothing more than an exhibition match at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, with rain providing most of the excitement for both players and fans in a washout.

It was not the best circumstances to judge the progress of the T&T team ahead of their Stanford Super Series match against Middlesex later this month. But Saturday's match did suggest that Daren Ganga's men still have some work to do.

More was expected of the Canadians, fresh from a four-nation tournament which also involved Sri Lanka, Pakistan Zimbabwe. But to a large extent, the T&T bowlers benefited from the Canadian batsmen's inability to get the ball away.

A combination of pace from Ravi Rampaul, opening the bowling from the refinery end and Samuel Badree's leg-spin, made it difficult for Canadian openers Abdool Samad and Ravain Yusuf to get their timing right.

However, the almost silent crowd did not have to wait long for the first wicket, as Badree trapped Abdool Samad lbw in the fourth over for 8 with only 15 runs on the board. The Canadians never really recovered as they lost their other opener Yusuf, run out by Badree without scoring. Fast bowler Navin Stewart was then introduced into the attack and was aggressive in his spell. He was rewarded when he bowled Karun Jethi for 5, while Mohsin Mulla was caught by Lendl Simmons for 2.

Amit Jaggernauth (1 for 9) came into the attack with immediate success as Sunil Dhaniram tried to go over the top and was caught by Stewart running in from the long-on boundary. There were only two fours and no sixes in the Canadian innings as Badree finished with 2 for 6 and Stewart two for 12, while Samad Shaikh was undefeated on 14.

William Perkins top-scored for T&T in their aborted reply, hitting 14, including the only six of the match off Eion Katchay in the third over before he was stumped by Rustum Bhatti off Karun Jethi. A second shower at 9.30 p.m. forced the abandonment of the match.

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