Match Report: Round 2 Australia Vs Canada from Team Manager David Head.
A beautiful spring day at Caloundra and the ground was in magnificent condition after the recent rain. Australian ODI debutantes, Bill Saker, Peter Judd, Peter Dudderidge, Greg Hoysted, Allan Bougoure, Tim Pellen, Mark Trafford-Walker and Bruce Worthington were presented with their Baggy Greens. Both Australian and Canadian Team Squads joined in a pre-match ceremony which included anthems of both countries.
Aussie Skipper, Chris Carr, won the toss and had no hesitation in sending the Canadian’s in to bat. Tim Pellen and Mark Trafford-Walker opened the bowling and Mark picked up an early wicket in his second over. Tim bowled very tightly and picked up 2 wickets for 26 runs in his 9 over spell. Bruce Worthington picked up 2/33 off his 9 overs, but the real destroyer was Pat Henry, who took 4 for 26 as Canada collapsed from 4 for 92 to be all out in the 35th over for 111.
Best for Canada was opener Mohamad Rameez with 31 and Farooq Kirmani with 23.
The Australian team were again very sharp in the field which kept the pressure on the opposition batters.
The Australian innings started well, until Eric Higgins was picked up at slip for 9 after an opening partnership with Allan Bougoure of 28 off 7 overs. Allan and Bill Saker then saw Australia through with an unbeaten partnership of 86 to guide Australia to a comfortable 9 wicket win in 27 overs, which featured some excellent running between the wickets.
Allan hit a six to win the match and finished on 56 not out, whilst Bill remained not out 34.
The Aussies are off to Yandina today for their Round 3 clash against Zimbabwe.