Canada v Kenya, Group C, St Lucia March 14, 2007

Davison frustrated by Canada's failings

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Geoff Barnett's 41 was the only positive John Davison could draw from Canada's loss © Getty Images

John Davison, the Canada captain, conceded his side resembled a village cricket team in their seven-wicket loss to Kenya. Davison was equally concerned with Canada's bowling as their batting after Steve Tikolo guided Kenya past their target of 200 with 40 balls to spare.

"There weren't too many positives there for us," Davison told AFP. "Geoff Barnett got us off to a pretty good start but once he was out I don't think we competed for the rest of the game. That pretty much sums it up."

Barnett departed for 41 and Kenya's spinners troubled the Canada middle-order before the innings finished with what Davison called a series of "village and embarrassing" run-outs. In the field, Canada gave away 18 wides and two no-balls.

"It didn't click," Davison said. "It was really disappointing. We haven't bowled that many extras in a game for a long time. Maybe the pressure of the occasion got to us."

Davison said the efforts of the Kenya spinners, especially Hiren Varaiya (1 for 19 off ten) and Jimmy Kamande (2 for 25 from ten) were good but Canada could have handled them better. "(Varaiya) is a good spinner but I don't think there is a world-class spinner in that team," he said. "It's an opportunity missed for us."

Tikolo, who made 72 not out and took 2 for 34 in a Man-of-the-Match performance, said Kenya were a chance to progress past the group stage with a win over England or New Zealand. "I believe in my players, I do have confidence in them," Tikolo said.

"They know this is the World Cup and this is the big stage. How they carried themselves today goes to show they were up for it. All in all it was a good game. Up front we gave away too many runs but the spinners pulled it back in the middle."