Lyons, Nel bowl Scots to big win over Canada

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 14:44 [IST]
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King City (Ontario): Scotland riding on some fine spells from seamer Dewald Nel and left-arm spinner Ross Lyons completed a comprehensive an innings and 165-run victory over Canada in the ICC Intercontinental Cup tie here late last week.

Following on 295 runs behind after a first innings collapse - 79 all out, the hosts began day three on 36/2 before stumbling against Nel and Lyons as the pace and spin duo of Scotland shared as many as seven wickets completing the formality just before the lunch. The 23-year-old spinner fron Greenock, Lyons who plucked 3/6 in first essay, returned with the creditable match figures of 7/42

Offie Majid Haq too joined the party with 2/15. The only resistance of any substance came from Sandeep Jyoti, the opener making 43 before becoming one of Lyons" victims.

Dougie Lockhart was rightly adjudged as man of the match for his maiden first-class hundred (151) and good work behind the stumps too-took four catches.

The win helps Scotland leapfrog Ireland and Kenya to second place in the ICC Intercontinental Cup table, behind Namibia but three points clear of Ireland and six ahead of Kenya.

Both those teams have two games in hand on Scotland but, significantly, one of those games is between the two of them, and Kenya also has to play Scotland next month in Glasgow. It all means that Scotland"s successes against Bermuda and Canada have given it an outside chance of making the final.

As for Canada, this defeat is the latest in a thoroughly disappointing run of five losses in six matches so far with just one more game, against Ireland in Dublin, next month.

Brief Scores:

Scotland 374 all out (Doug Lockhart 151, Qasim Sheikh 92, Neil McCallum 45, Majid Haq 30; Dhaniram 4/61, Qasim Ali 2/55, Sami Faridi 2/94) beat Canada 79 and 130 (Sandeep Jyoti 43, R Bhatti 20; Ross Lyons 4/36, Dewald Nel 3/38, Majid Haq 2/15) by an innings and 165 runs.


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