Saturday 2 August 2008 

Canada Take Down Netherlands In Another Close Game

The third game of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland went down to the wire as Canada defeated the Netherlands by four wickets with three balls to spare despite only chasing a target of 98 to win.

With the pitch in Belfast wearing after having two matches played on it already, Canada were bowled out for 97 as medium pacer Harvir Baidwain picked up four for 19, and fast bowler Henry Osinde two for 21.

The Netherlands, who defeated Kenya earlier in the day, never got going with only Peter Borren, who hit 37 from 38 balls, making life difficult for the Canadian bowlers.

They were off to a terrible start when Darron Reekers was caught and bowled by Osinde for a duck and although Eric Szwarczynski (19) and Dan van Bunge (14) added 34 for the second wicket, Canada hit back and no other batsman got into double figures.

Eoin Katchay, who bowled two overs for 18 runs, was the only bowler that the Netherlands got after.

Canada then got off to a blistering start thanks to John Davison, back to lead their charge in this competition, who hit two sixes in a ten-ball innings of 19 before being caught by Reekers off of Edgar Schiferli.

Mudassar Bukhari bowled two overs for 25 as Canada threatened to run away with the match but on a pitch where wickets were always coming, Borren picked up two for 19, Pieter Seelaar removed Abdool Samad (18) just when he was looking dangerous and a couple of run outs engineered a tight finish.

Canada needed just three to win from the final over, bowled by Ryan ten Doeschate, but he was powerless to stop the determined Canadians, for whom Karun Jethi hit the winning runs.

Bermuda make their tournament bow tomorrow, playing Ireland and Scotland while Kenya take on Canada in a match that will decide the placings in Group B. A Canada win will see them and Netherlands qualify for the final but a Kenya victory will see run rates come into play. Ireland are strong favourites to beat Bermuda to reach the final, leaving the Scotland v Bermuda match a play-off for second place in the group.

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