ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup

Canada Triumphs Over Ireland in a Thrilling T20 World Cup Clash

News June 8, 2024 admin

In an exciting game of the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup held on June 7 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, USA, Canada emerged victorious against Ireland. The game saw impressive performances from both sides, but it was Nicholas Kirton of Canada who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stellar batting performance.

Nicholas Kirton batting
Nicholas Kirton missed a half century against Ireland hitting 49 off 35 deliveries that included 3 fours and 2 sixes. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

After Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl, Canada stepped up to bat, posting a total of 137 runs for 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. The Canadian innings began with Aaron Johnson and Navneet Dhaliwal, he scored a modest 6 runs off 10 balls before falling to Mark Adair, caught by George Dockrell. Aaron Johnson followed scoring 14 runs off 13 balls, including three boundaries, before being caught by Curtis Campher off the bowling of Craig Young.

Pargat Singh contributed a brisk 18 runs off 14 balls, featuring two boundaries, before he too was dismissed by Craig Young, caught by Joshua Little. At this point, Canada found themselves at 42 for 3. Dilpreet Singh’s short stay at the crease ended when he was caught and bowled by Gareth Delany, having scored 7 runs off 9 balls.

Nicholas Kirton then took charge of the innings, anchoring the middle order with a composed and aggressive 49 runs off 35 balls. His innings included three boundaries and two sixes, providing the backbone of the Canadian total. Kirton’s impressive strike rate of 140.00 kept the scoreboard ticking, but his innings came to an end when he was caught by Andrew Balbirnie off Barry McCarthy’s bowling.

Shreyas Movva
Shreyas Movva scored 37, shared a partnership of 75 runs with Nicholas Kirton. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Shreyas Movva also played a crucial role, stabilizing the middle order with a steady 37 runs off 36 balls, including three boundaries. Movva’s efforts were instrumental in ensuring Canada reached a competitive total. Unfortunately, he was run out by Barry McCarthy on the last ball of the innings. The lower order could not add much to the total, with Dilon Heyliger falling for a duck and Saad Bin Zafar remaining not out with 1 run.

Ireland’s bowlers had a mixed day on the field. Craig Young claiming 2 wickets for 32 runs in his 4 overs. Barry McCarthy also took 2 wickets, conceding 24 runs in his 4 overs. Mark Adair and Gareth Delany each chipped in with a wicket, while Curtis Campher bowled economically, giving away just 11 runs in his 2 overs.

Chasing 138, Ireland’s innings got off to a rocky start. Andrew Balbirnie scored 17 runs off 19 balls before being caught and bowled by Junaid Siddiqui. Paul Stirling struggled to find his form and was dismissed for 9 runs off 17 balls, caught by Shreyas Movva off Jeremy Gordon’s bowling.

Jeremy Gordon bowling
Jeremy Gordon had figures of 2 for 16. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Lorcan Tucker was run out by Nicholas Kirton for 10 runs off 15 balls, adding to Ireland’s woes. Harry Tector managed to score 7 runs off 5 balls before falling to Saad Bin Zafar. Curtis Campher’s stay at the crease was brief, as he was caught by Aaron Johnson off Dilon Heyliger’s bowling for 4 runs.

Despite the early setbacks, George Dockrell and Mark Adair tried to revive the innings. Dockrell remained unbeaten on 30 runs off 23 balls, including two boundaries and a six. Adair played a valiant knock, scoring 34 runs off 24 balls with three boundaries and a six, but his dismissal, caught and bowled by Jeremy Gordon, was a significant blow to Ireland’s hopes.

Gareth Delany and Barry McCarthy could not contribute much, scoring 3 and 2 runs respectively, as Ireland fell short of the target, finishing at 125 for 7 in their 20 overs.

Harry Tector
Harry Tector is bowled by Saad Bin Zafar (not in photo). Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Canada’s bowlers were impressive throughout the innings. Jeremy Gordon was particularly effective, taking 2 wickets for just 16 runs in his 4 overs. Dilon Heyliger also took 2 wickets, conceding 18 runs in his 4 overs. Junaid Siddiqui and Saad Bin Zafar each picked up a wicket, while Kaleem Sana had a tough day, conceding 38 runs in his 4 overs.

Canada’s victory by 12 runs was a testament to their balanced performance with both bat and ball. Nicholas Kirton’s standout innings and Jeremy Gordon’s economical bowling were key highlights in their win.