Finally, Canada have a win in Cricket West Indies (CWI) regional Super50. They have been the unluckiest one when compared with how USA has fared in terms of coming close to winning games in the group stages and now have scripted their first win in the tournament over Winward Islands Volcanoes.
USA, buoyed by their first win of the tournament over Leeward Hurricanes, almost repeated the same but only to fall a bit short of upstaging Barbados Pride in their next game at Kensington Oval. The bowlers did their level best to defend a below-par score but Barbados crossed the line with 3 wickets left in the bag.
Canada bowlers did extremely well to bowl out Winward Volcanoes less than 20 runs short of the total they got on board, batting first. It wasn’t a big total by any means but the bowlers stuck it out in the day/night encounter to win the match for the team. Romesh Don was the main wrecker-in-chief with a 6-wicket haul to his name while the rest of the bowlers lend a good supporting hand to him.
Both USA and Canada now have a win each in the Windies regional Super50 so far and with few matches still remaining in the group stages of the tournament, another few victories will be big for their confidence of not only participating but also competing at the same level as the much fancied domestic teams/talent available in West Indies.
USA 196/9 in 50 overs (Steven Taylor 64, Elmore Hutchinson 36, Alex Amsterdam 32, Shamar Springer 3/21, Miguel Cummins 2/18, Suleiman Benn 1/38, Dominic Drakes 1/40) lost to Barbados Pride 200/7 in 42 overs (Justin Greaves 35, Shamarh Brooks 34, Shamar Springer 29 n.o, Kevin Stoute 24, Usman Ashraf 2/23, Steven Taylor 2/40, Timil Patel 1/17) by 3 wickets
Canada 206/9 in 50 overs (Srimantha Wijeyeratne 35, Navneet Dhaliwal 35, David Jacobs 32, Bhavindu Adhihetty 29, Tyrone Theophile 3/33, Kaven Hodge 2/25, Kesrick Williams 2/49, Shane Shillingford 1/31) beat Winward Islands Volcanoes 188 all out in 49.2 overs (Roland Cato 50, Alick Athanaze 42, Shane Shillingford 27, Dennis Smith 19 n.o, Romesh Don 6/21, Sukhdeep Brar 1/28, Navneet Dhaliwal 1/32) by 18 runs