Canada hoping to top the group
Canada thrashed Bermuda by eight wickets at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club to maintain its hopes of qualifying for the 2018 U19 World Cup.
Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat, which was about the last thing that went right for it all day. Not a single one of its batsman made it into double figures as the team slid to 44 all out – the top score was Rudi Butterfield’s 7.
It marks the end of a sorry campaign in which Bermuda have lost all four of its games by large margins. The side will be especially disappointed by its performance with the bat – its highest team total was a mere 103/8 against USA.
The state of affairs is summed up by the performance of Ras Burrows. His half-century in Bermuda’s first fixture was their only half-century in the competition, and despite the fact that he went on to register ducks in all three of his remaining knocks, he still finished the competition as his country’s highest run scorer.
Canada will know that the real test is yet to come. Victory against USA tomorrow by a large enough margin will see them qualify for the U19 World Cup, set to be held next year in New Zealand. The scale of their task is demonstrated by the fact that USA have won all three of its games so far, including a four-wicket defeat of Canada, in which it bowled out its opposition for just 63.
Canada will be buoyed by its perfect, if shortened preparation today. This was a victory that demonstrated its strength in depth. Seamer Akash Gill and slow left-armer Aran Pathmanathan combined to take 7/20; before today, neither had taken a wicket in the tournament.
Canada will also be pleased with the speed at which they chased down the target. Scoring at pace at this venue has proved hard for every team in the past week, but it reached Bermuda’s score after just four overs, with captain Bhavindhu Adhihetty impressing in his brief knock of 22* off 11 balls, after what has been a quiet tournament for the full Canadian international so far.
The margin of victory not only demonstrated Canada’s superiority, and its readiness for its final fixture, it also improved their net run rate to the point where they can hope to realistically hope to overtake USA and top the group.
All that makes this a pretty perfect day for Canada. But tomorrow is when they need to make it count, with the reward of qualifying for the U19 World Cup within reach.
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