Gordon Hat-Trick In Vain For Canada
UAE 116 (Gordon 6-46) & 207-4 drew with
Canada 369-6 dec. (Daesrath 111)
ICC Intercontinental Cup, King City
The two sides at the bottom of the ICC Intercontinental Cup standings, Canada and United Arab Emirates, drew their four-day game in King City despite Canada's Jeremy Gordon taking a hat-trick.
After the opening day was lost to rain, a result always looked unlikely and after being bowled out for just 116 in their first innings, UAE rallied to close on 207 for four after Canada had declared on 369 for six.
Swapnil Patil (76 not out) and Khurram Khan (21) were the only players to reach double figures as UAE batted first as Jeremy Gordon took six for 43 and Harvir Baidwan two for 46, making best of use of bowler-friendly conditions.
Gordon's six-wicket haul included a hat-trick as he dismissed Amjad Javed (3), Ahmed Raza (0) and Mohammed Naved (0) in consecutive deliveries to end the innings.
As batting conditions improved, Canada lost their openers Hiral Patel (8) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (28) before Nitish Kumar made 103, Ashish Bagai 43, Jimmy Hansra 67 and Damodar Daesryth 111 to compile a handsome lead.
Both Kumar and Daesryth scored centuries for the first time in first-class cricket.
Gordon then struck twice in quick succession to put UAE under pressure in their second innings but thanks to a captain's knock of 121 from Khurram Khan, they were able to stave off defeat.
ICC Intercontinental Cup standings (all teams have played five matches): Ireland 76 points, Afghanistan 64, Namibia 57, Scotland 46, Kenya 42, Netherlands 36, United Arab Emirates 33, Canada 10
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