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Monday, 3 March, 2003, 16:31 GMT

Harris happy with progress

Canada bade a fond farewell to the 2003 World Cup following their final group match against New Zealand.

The minnows, who qualified for the tournament by coming second in the ICC Trophy, finished their campaign with a five-wicket defeat.

But despite the loss, Canada captain Joe Harris was delighted with his side's efforts in a World Cup which saw them pick up their first-ever win in the tournament.

"I think the World Cup has given us tremendous exposure. The first win over Bangladesh was major news in Canada," he said.

"We came to South Africa from our winter and having not played cricket for six months, so I think the boys should feel proud.

"I must take the opportunity to thank the South African crowd and the country."

Looking back at the match against New Zealand, Harris said his side had failed to capitalise after reducing their opponents to 32-3 at one stage.

"We got a few early wickets and thought we could make a game of it. But it was a great batting track and we had top rest a couple of our quicks, who were not feeling well.

"We then bowled a few bad balls and they soon accelerated the run rate," said Harris.

"They came out with a plan to chase the net run rate - they even advertised it on television and we had the limitations of the first 15 overs.

"We could do only so much in the field and we put a lot of pressure on them. In all it wasn't really a bad day of cricket for us."

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