Canada U15 denied victory by the rain

Peter Della Penna
Sat, Aug 22, 2009 11:52 AM

Canada appeared well on their way to victory chasing a target of 156 on day five of the ICC Americas Northern Division U-15 Tournament, but thunderstorms rolled over Erskine Cricket Ground in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the match was stopped with Canada 61-1 after 11 overs. Bermuda and Canada split points with no result from the match.

Bermuda won the toss and batted first, but a lackluster effort left them on the back foot all day long.

Stephan Rajasingam bowled an outstanding opening spell into the wind to leave Bermuda reeling at 12-3 after four overs. Rajasingam took the wickets of Jonte' Smith, Tre' Manders and Kamau Leverock as he devastated Bermuda's top order with his probing left arm medium pace.

The rest of the lineup struggled to get through the innings but Bermuda was aided tremendously with extras given away by Canada's bowlers. All the teams have had a tough time adjusting to the windy conditions at the ground during the week and today was no different. Canada conceded 39 wides, with 45 extras finishing as Bermuda's top score in their total of 155-9, well ahead of Kamel Easton's 27 runs.

In reply, Canada got a great start from Nitesh Kumar. After Rajasingam succumbed to a bouncer barrage from Leverock, Kumar continued with Talha Shaikh to take Canada to 61-1 before the weather intervened.

USA and Canada are scheduled to play the final match of the tournament on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with the winner taking the title. More thunderstorms are forecast throughout the day and chances are not good that the winner will be decided on the field. If there is a washout, USA will become the tournament champions with Canada second and Bermuda third.

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