Canada V Scotland
Greater match-fitness and matchplay toughness prevailed as Scotland crushed Canada by an innings and 84 runs to win the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Sharjah with more than a day to spare.
Scotland : 287 for 8 dec (G. Hamilton 115, D. Lockhart 64, R. Watson 56; Bhatti 4-49) beat Canada : 110 and 93 (Blain 4-28, Butt 4-10) by an innings and 84 runs.
In contrast to the wicket on which the semi-final between Canada and the UAE had been played, this surface offered the bowlers plenty of movement which Scotland’s bowlers were able to exploit to the full. Yorkshire cricketer John Blain particularly impressed as he beat all the batsmen with pace and movement and his final match-figures of 7-55 actually do not do him sufficient justice. He was ably backed up by veteran left-arm paceman Asim Butt who finished with five wickets in the match. The wickets they took were all bowlers’ wickets, resulting as they did from well-pitched up swinging deliveries which had either had the batsmen bowled or leg-before.
John Blain receiving the Man of the Match award from Iqbal Sikander
Scotland’s bowlers may have applied the coup de grace but their batsmen also shone, being at 272-3 at one stage in their first innings prior to losing some quick wickets in the chase for declaration runs. Yorkshire’s Gavin Hamilton made a fluent century and enjoyed a century-stand with opener Dougie Lockhart. Scotland’s captain Craig Wright, accepting the trophy from ICC President Ehsan Mani, was quick to pay tribute to all his team: “everybody has contributed in both matches, with not just individuals performing. Every member of the team played exceptional cricket.”
Canada themselves emerged with considerable credit from this event. Prevailing against a strong UAE team in home conditions showed their appetite and aptitude for the game at this level. Canada have come a long way and will go further.
Filed November 23rd 2004