Canada cricket captain Navneet Dhaliwal scores second century in less than a week

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KING CITY, Ont. — Captain Navneet Dhaliwal notched his second century in less than a week in ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League A play as Canada defeated Qatar by 184 runs Wednesday.

Dhaliwal scored 103 runs before being caught as Canada, which won the toss, finished at 275 for nine in its 50 overs. His 116-ball innings featured 12 fours. Dhaliwal scored 100 not out Saturday in Canada's six-wicket victory over Singapore, with 12 fours in his 108-ball knock.

Ravinderpal Singh finished at 56 not out.

Qatar was all out for 91 in the 26th over, collapsing from 67 for two. Zaheer Ibrahim was the top scorer with 34 runs.

Jeremy Gordon took four wickets for Canada, which wraps up play Friday against Vanuatu.

The six-team tournament, which runs through Sunday at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, is part of the World Cup qualifying process. Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu are also taking part.

The Challenge Leagues are a 2 1/2-year competition involving 12 teams considered three steps away from the 2023 World Cup. The King City event was originally slated to be held last August but was pushed back due to the pandemic.

There are two Challenge Leagues, A and B, each comprising six teams that play 15 matches each over two years. Canada is in Group A while Group B is made up of Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya and Uganda.

Canada leads Group A at 8-1.

The top team in each league at the end of the competition will secure two of the six places in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff to be held later in 2022, alongside the bottom four of Men’s CWC League 2. The top two teams from the playoff continue in the hunt to participate in India 2023.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 3, 2022

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