WDCU Select claim international scalp
The WDCU were asked to provide warm up opposition for nations participating in the World T20 Qualifiers in Scotland and Ireland over the next month.
Canada were first to face a Western Union select at The Grange on Monday and found matters a little hotter than they may have expected.
Fred Klaassen ambled in from the Pavilion end and his first ball, a nice juicy loosener, was promptly hit staright back and he pouched the catch safely, indeed the immaculate catching was a particularly quality of the WDCU performance generally.
Five balls later and Canada were 6 for 2 as Fred removed the Canadian captain’s off stump!
Patel and Kumar, who looked a real class act, set about building a challenging target and at 108 for 2 after 14 overs it looked like the Western Union boys could be batted out of the game.
The introduction of the spinners changed all that and wickets fell regularly to Fernando, Dabengwa and Lyons as Canada’s frantic last few overs spluttered as they expired of the last ball for 146.
Skipper Qasim Sheikh led from the front and opened with Niel Bredenkamp who promptly set about despatching anything remotely off line to the boundary.
Six 4s and two massive 6s came from the South African’s bat as Qasim quietly rotated the strike until Niel was out caught on the square leg boundary for a rapid 44.
Bradley Williams joined Qasim and even as the skipper picked up the scoring rate he was launching an attack of his own clearing the left leg and threatening the Portgower Place walls on both sides of the wicket.
When the skipper was out stumped only 15 were needed from 18 balls but Brad and Lenert van Wyk needed just about half that as they powered the Western Union to victory with 9 balls to spare.
Unfortunately the Western Union select's second game with the Netherlands at Williamfield on Tuesday was abandoned due to the weather.