The match, already reduced to 28-overs-a-side due to showers, was interestingly poised, with Canada 62 for 1 in ten overs, chasing Netherland’s 143 all out. Canada requires 82 more runs to win in 18 overs.
Earlier, after Canada won the toss and elected to field, Netherlands lost Stephan Myburgh, the opener, early, which initiated a flurry of wickets and they were soon reduced to 22 for 4.
Ben Cooper, the left-hand batsman, then came in at No. 6 and smashed a vital 74 off just 59 balls to ensure a respectable score. Cooper fell in the penultimate over to Jeremy Gordon, the right-arm seamer, after an innings studded with eight fours and two sixes. No other Netherelands batsman made a significant contribution, with Michael Swart’s 20 off 24 balls at the top of the order, the next best score as Netherlands was bowled out for 143 in 27.5 overs.
Although Kenneth Kamyuka picked up 4 for 38, Gordon was the pick of the Canada bowlers with 3 for 26 in six overs.
Canada’s chase didn’t begin well with Ruvindu Gunasekara falling in the first over to Timm van der Gugten. However, Hiral Patel (34 not out off 35) and Nitish Kumar (19 not out off 22) stabilised the innings before rain halted play.