CANADA DEFEAT NAMIBIA
A gutsy 35 run partnership from former Canadian u19 captain Rustam Bhatti (23*) and Durand Soraine (12*) inched Canada past Namibia in a tight finish at Wanderers.
Canada started positively in their run chase of 184 and were well positioned at 0-35 in 7.3 overs before the loss of Patel for 26 runs wobbled the upper middle order that saw Zeashan Siddiqui (7), Ruvindu Gunasekera (12), and Niitsh Kumar (5) all dismissed within a 5 over period. Canada, now positioned at 55-4, received consolidation from the bat of Jimmy Hansra (49) who combined for a hard fought partnership with Usman Limbada to bring the game back into focus. Losing Limbada early in the 29th over, Hansra continued with Junaid Siddiqui (11) and Rustam Bhatti before being dismissed in the 42nd over with Canada requiring 35 runs from 47 balls.
With the victory, Canada will earn its first two points in the World Cricket League Championship tables in which the top two teams automatically qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia.
Canada will close out the Namibia tour with a 50 over WCL fixture on Thursday.
Canada are chasing 184 to win in the first of two 50 over matches with Namibia. Winning the toss and electing to field, the Canadian opening battery of Henry Osinde (2-46) & Durand Sorain (3-25) pegged back the aggressive Namibians who struggled throughout their top order. Raymond van Schoor (90) remained the only notable resistance to the Canadian attack.