Cricket Canada national team head coach Gus Logie provides his thoughts ahead of the Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup that starts Thursday at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON.
"The upcoming Auty Cup presents us with the first of three opportunities to kick start our campaign to November's ICC World T20 Qualifiers in Dubai, by giving our players much needed competition against quality opposition.
Having the squad play together over the next few weeks will give us the bonding and playing time necessary to try different combinations and approaches that will give us the best chance of success during these games and beyond.
I want to challenge all players to take the next few weeks very seriously, focus on the job at hand, and keep your eyes on the prize of representing Canada with pride and consistent high performances."
- GUS LOGIE
It was a difficult day for Canada's National Women's team as they faced off against tournament favourties Sri Lanka in their opening match at the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier in Ireland.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Canadians were pegged back immediately and with regularity as opener Suthershini Savanantham (13) was the only batter to reach double figures.
At the close of the innings, Canada has only managed 44 runs from 17.5 overs, a target that was met easily by Sri Lanka, getting over the line in the 7th over for the loss of 1 wicket.
The match marked the first time Canada's Women have played in an ICC global qualifying tournament.
Prior to the match, former national team member and Women's head coach, George Codrington recognized that his team was nervously excited to be playing at this higher standard of competition and noted that the players were cognicent of the historical nature of the match and how it related to the future development of Women's cricket in Canada.
Looking ahead, Canada will look to shake off any opening day jitters when they take on home side Ireland on Thursday.
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— Cricket Canada (@canadiancricket) July 23, 2013
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the 2013 Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup, July 25th - 28th vs the United States of America.
The series marks the opening to the Canadian cricket summer where Canada will host the USA, United Arab Emirates, and Netherlands.
Jimmy Hansra and Rizwan Cheema will again reprise shared captaincy duties while Ashish Bagai and Harvir Baidwan will see their first dose of international action since the the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Jimmy Hansra – Captain (2-Day Match)
Rizwan Cheema – Captain (Limited overs)
As Cricket Canada prepares to host the 71st edition of the K.A. Auty Cup, its a perfect opportunity to catchup on some facts and figures for this historic cricket series.
K.A. AUTY CUP FACTS & FIGURES
It is the world's first and longest running international sporting fixture.
As of 2012, 70 matches have been played since 1844 with results as follows:
- US winning 32
- Canada winning 26.
12 matches have been drawn.
The Auty Cup was dedicated by K.A. Auty, a Chicago supporter of Cricket, to commemorate the winner of a 2-day cricket match played between Canada and the United States of America.
The first match was played 3 decades after the US / CANADA war of 1812 from September 25th- 27th, 1844 and marked the first time two nations competed internationally in a sporting fixture. Over $100,000 USD (or $3,000,000 in today's terms) were waged on the match that took place at St. George’s Cricket Club in New York.
- Largely as a result of this match in 1867, the first Canadian Prime Minister John A Macdonald, declared cricket, Canada’s first official sport.
The original trophy was retired in 1963 to honour the memory of the late K.A. Auty and re-dedicated 20 years later in Calgary on November 19, 1983, by Jack Kyle (President, Canadian Cricket Association), and Naseeruddin Khan (President, United States of America Cricket Association).
The re-dedicated Auty Cup trophy resides at at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.
Cricket Canada and the United States Cricket Assocation alternate hosting of the series on an annual basis.
- Prior to its revival in 2011, the 2 day match experienced a 16 year hiatus as it was haulted in 1995 due to financial struggles of both boards.
Canada are through to the 2014 ICC u19 Cricket World Cup after a convincing win over Bermuda Saturday at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The win ensured Canada's perfect 2-0 record and another ICC America's u19 title for the trophy case.
Batting first, Canada ammassed a total of 245-6 from 50 overs led by Arman Kapoor (64) and skipper Nitesh Kumar (35). In reply, Bermuda struggled to negotiate Nikil Dutta (3-19) as they reached their 50 overs at 154-8.
An all-round all-star performance from national team member Nikhil Dutta, 5-21 and 55*, has seen Canada U19 past the USA in the opening match of the revised format Americas U19 Regional Qualifier.
Canada will need to beat Bermuda on Sunday to ensure a place on points in the 2014 U19 Cricket World Cup.
— Cricket Canada (@canadiancricket) July 12, 2013
After a difficult few days at Maple Leaf CC, sopping up remnants of southern ontario's torrential rain fall, play is set to resume in the America's Regional U19 Qualifier.
A reduced format round robin will kick off today with Canada U19 taking on arch rivals US U19 starting at 10:30am.
Visit CricHQ for complete SCHEDULE and LIVE SCORECARDS during the tournament.