Guyanese Daesrath slams enterprising century for Canada in Auty Cup
King City, United States - Former Guyana’s senior team skipper Damodar Daesrath hit a sparkling 109 for Canada in the 50-over game against United States of America (USA) on Saturday at the King City ground.
The elegant right-hander spanked seven fours and five sixes in his adventurous, 105-ball innings but the Auty Cup match was abandoned following the completion of Canada’s innings due to torrential showers.
Canada piled up a respectable a 252 all out off 49 overs with the Berbician achieving his maiden century for Canada after making his debut in early 2012.
In the preceding two-day encounter which commenced on Thursday also at the same venue, Daesrath, who featured in 17 first-class matches for Guyana, made 17 but his team prevailed with first innings points.
In the two subsequent T20 games at King on Sunday, Daesrath was ruled out with a hamstring problem. Canada was again in the winning column with two emphatic victories.
Meanwhile, Daesrath said on Sunday that he was very elated to get the landmark at the popular King City and will definitely cherish the achievement for the rest of his life.
“It feels really great to get a hundred for Canada more nicely on home turf; I just went out there and played to the best of my ability; the pitch was playing greatly and I had just wanted to make a big impression ,” Daesrath declared.
Daesrath, who plays for Brampton Masters Cricket Club in the Ontario’s Major League competition, indicated he was a bit disappointed not to be in action on Sunday in the T20 format but was more than pleased to see his boys came up with supreme performances.
“Picking an injury in the middle of the competition was really frustrated but I [am] delighted to see guys went out there and win both games; I was definitely confident they would have done it again,” Daesrath revealed.
His compatriot Jeremy Gordon also appeared for the North America lineup but in the T20 games. Gordon, who represented Guyana at the highest level, was very economical on both occasions.
In the first match when Canada won by five wickets, the right-arm quickie conceded 18 runs from his allotted four overs while he was more accurate in the second contest with seven runs from three overs as Canada emerged by 78 runs.
Both players have once again been named in the Canadian squad to compete against United Arab Emirates and Netherlands in a four-day match each while they be up against UAE in four 50-over games, starting on Thursday at the King City, too.
Canada will face UAE in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup while they collide with the Netherlands in the ICC World Cricket League.