Canada, Netherlands share points after abandoned match

No play possible on reserve day too due to rain, water-logged outfield
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Canada and Netherlands shared points after their ICC World Cricket League Championship match was abandoned, with rain preventing play in spite of a reserve day.

Play at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City had been halted on Tuesday (August 28) and was slated to resume on Wednesday, the reserve day, but it was called off due to water logging.

Rain caused an initial delay on Wednesday, and a wet outfield and water on the ground subsequently forced the match to be called off.

On Tuesday, play had ended with Canada 62 for 1 in ten overs, chasing Netherlands’ 143 all out in what had already been reduced to a 28-overs-a-side clash due to rain.

Canada had won the toss and elected to field, and the bowlers made quick inroads to reduce Netherlands to 22 for 4.

Ben Cooper, the left-hand batsman, then came in at No. 6 and smashed a vital 74 off 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 Netherlands 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 in 27.5 overs.

Canada’s most successful bowlers were Kenneth Kamyuka, who picked up 4 for 38 in 5.5 overs, and Gordon, who had 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) stabilized the innings before rain halted play.

Both teams got a point each from the match, pushing Netherlands to 16 points, in sole second place behind Ireland, while Canada had four points and was at the bottom of the table with Namibia.

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