Cayman crashes to 84-run defeat versus Canada

The Cayman Islands crashed to an 84-run defeat to Canada in their first match of the ICC World T20 Americas Qualifier in Bermuda on Sunday, 18 August 2019.

Batting first after winning the toss, Canada amassed a total of 196 for six wickets from their allotted 20 overs, scoring at an average of 9.8 runs per over.

Cayman Islands captain Alessandro Morris shakes hands with his Canada counterpart Nitish Kumar at the toss. (Photo: Canada Cricket)

Middle order batsman Ravinderpal Singh led the charge with 101. He hit six 4s and 10 6s off 48 balls before being bowled by Conroy Wright in the final over. He finished with an impressive strike rate of 210.42.

Singh shared an important 75-run partnership with skipper Nitish Kumar before spinner Paul Manning trapped the Canadian captain lbw for 41.

Manning bowled just one over but in addition to the crucial wicket of Kumar, he also claimed another wicket when he had Rizwan Cheema caught for a duck by Omar Willis. Manning gave up only three runs. Wright also took two wickets for 34 runs off his four over. Also taking wickets were spinner Alistair Iffill and seamer Troy Taylor, who claimed on apiece.

With a solid total to chase down, Cayman struggled early, as the first five wickets fell for a mere 13 runs. With his side up against the wall, Greg Strydom provided what resistance he could, scoring 49 before being dismissed in the 14th over. His knock included five 4s and a pair of 6s.

The only other batsmen to score in double digits were hard-hitting lower order batsmen Troy Taylor and Conroy Wright, who ran out of time and were not out on 19 and 16, respectively. The Cayman Islands ended their chase on 112 for seven, as Romesh Eranga led the Canadian attack with three wickets for 19 runs, along with his new ball partner Junaid Siddiqui, who only allowed 10 runs off his four overs at a miserly economy rate of 2.50.

The Cayman Islands will have to quickly put Sunday’s result behind them, as they are back in action on Monday versus the United States, who lost to Bermuda on Sunday by six runs.

The top two sides of the four-team tournament advance to the next round of qualifying.

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