Thursday, April 18, 2024

Jamaica trample Canada


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LIGHTWEIGHTS CANADA were just a Saturday afternoon stroll for Jamaica in their one-sided Caribbean Twenty20 cricket match at Kensington Oval yesterday.The absence of West Indies captain Chris Gayle with a leg strain hardly mattered as Jamaica cruised to a nine-wicket victory with 42 balls to spare, rushing to 102 for one in 13 overs after restricting the out-classed Canadians to a modest 101 for seven.While Gayle was relegated to the drinks bearer, West Indies all-rounder David Bernard led Jamaica to their second straight win, with three cheap wickets and an unbeaten 36 off 33 balls (3×4, 1×6) after he was promoted to opener, alongside Xavier Marshall.Marshall cashed in on the candies from the Canadian bowlers, clouting four sixes and a similar number of fours in an attacking 52 off 43 balls as he sped to his second successive half-century while sharing a 98-run first-wicket stand in 12.2 overs with Bernard.That Marshall gifted his wicket with only four more runs needed when he skied a catch to Geoff Barnett, was some consolation for Canada as it was only the second wicket they managed to take in their two defeats, having been also crushed by nine wickets by Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.Sent in, Canada were rocked by Bernard’s three-wicket newball burst that accounted for openers Hiral Patel and Barnett as well as captain Rizwan Cheema, leaving them on a shaky 27 for three after the six power-play overs.Left-hander Tyson Gordon, who made 25 off 31 balls and Zubin Sukari (15) then shared a fourth-wicket stand of 43 before the heavy-set Jamaica’s captain Tamar Lambert collected two wickets in mid-innings with his uncomplicated off-spin.Lambert broke the partnership with his first ball of the 15th over which was also a maiden when he trapped Gordon, a brother of West Indies Under-19 captain Andre Creary, leg before wicket and in the next over from leg-spinner Odean Brown, Canada slumped to 73 for six.Sukari missed a reverse sweep but was adjudged to be run out by umpire Peter Nero as an alert wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh whipped off the bails after realising that Patel, who was running for the limping batsman, had moved out of his position at square leg.It became even more comical when both Umar Bhatti and Usman Limbada were stumped by Baugh off legspinner Brown and Lambert respectively as they both ran down the pitch and missed heaves.But Trevin Bastiampillai (19 not out) and Hamza Tariq (11 not out) gave the innings a late flourish with 14 runs coming in the final over from left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie to see the total past the 100-mark.However, Marshall wasted little time in launching Jamaica’s run-chase.He lofted Patel for two sixes over long off in the same over, then savagely cut left-arm seamer Umar Bhatti for another six into the Greenidge and Haynes Stand. His fourth six was the biggest as he heaved Bhatti over long on and into the Hanshell Inniss Complex to post his 50.

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