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Canada chase wins after success against Kenya

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai:Canada has the chance to put one foot in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup if it can secure victory over Bermuda in the four-day encounter that starts in Toronto on Saturday.

If John Davisons side can win the match with maximum points it will give Canada 40 points from two matches after its 25-run success against Kenya less than two weeks ago.

That earlier result appears to have put the Africans out of contention, as it is still pointless following its earlier draw with the Netherlands.

And with Bermuda and the Netherlands, the other sides in Group B, still to play each other Canada has a golden opportunity to pile the pressure on its rivals.

The home sides coach Andy Pick refused to get carried away with the prospect of a place in the final with his side just one match into the tournament but he admitted ''This match is crucial for us.

If we can get another win here we will go away from home to face the Netherlands with the pressure on them to beat us rather than the other way around.'' Canada comes into this match off the back of two disappointing ODI defeats against Kenya that followed the four-day triumph and its players will also know the last time they faced Bermuda, in a ODI in Trinidad in May, they lost in a low-scoring contest.

Those facts will be sources of encouragement for Bermuda, as will the knowledge it beat Canada in the corresponding ICC Intercontinental Cup match last year, en route to a place in the semi-finals.

Since then things have not always gone according to plan for the side coached by former West Indies batsman Gus Logie with an embarrassing exit at the hands of Jamaica in the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua causing some concern less than a year from next years ICC CWC in the Caribbean.

Group A is already shaping up as a battle of the two previous tournament winners with both the 2004 champions Scotland and last years winners Ireland, off to winning starts, each with a victory over Namibia in May. The other side in that group, the United Arab Emirates, is yet to start its campaign.

The final, set to take place in the first half of 2007, will be between the two group winners

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