Thu, 11/15/2012

 

Canada's cricket team retained the Auty Cup on Thursday after a draw with the United States in Lauderhill, Fla.
 
After putting up a total of 196 over its first innings on Wednesday, Canada shut down the American attack. The U.S. managed just 114 runs before all 10 batters were out.
 
Canadian bowler Junaid Siddiqui accounted for three of the outs, catching two and dismissing the other via leg before wicket.
 
Canada put up 150 runs by the tea break in its next innings, and decided to bat out for the draw rather than declare and let the U.S. take a run at Canada's totals. Raza-Ur Rehman led Canada with 54 runs.
 
The two teams meet for a 50-over game on Friday before playing a pair of Twenty20 matches on Saturday.
 
Sun, 11/11/2012

As Canada's oldest sport, Cricketers have been some of the oldest contributors to our armed services. Many cricketers careers ended in their prime as they left Canada to join war efforts around the world . Today we remember the sacrifice of all who have given their lives in the service of our country.

Fri, 11/09/2012

Former Cricket Canada Treasurer and Umpiring Coordinator Mr. Colin Harvey passed away Sunday in Toronto. A fixture for decades on the T&DCA umpiring circuit, Harvey left an indelable mark on cricket in Canada.

Colin Hoare, a friend and colleague of Mr. Harvey, offered the following tribute. 

“If ever there was an individual whose work extended over more aspects of the game of cricket in the Toronto area than nearly all others, the name of that person is Colin Harvey. Cricket coach, supplier of cricket equipment, highly-respected umpire, dedicated committee member, and thoughtful analyst & contributor when it came to establishing local rules for league competitions – Colin was all of these.

 
“Colin umpired games in the Toronto & District Cricket League for over two decades. In that time, he earned both the admiration & respect of players & club officials alike for his fairness and for his knowledge of the laws. As the Treasurer of the Canadian Cricket Association, he made sure that the limited funds that were available were put to good use. When the Toronto & District Cricket Association needed help from an umpiring standpoint to ensure that the local rules for the 50-over competition were drafted properly, it was Colin who stepped forward to provide suitable insight.
 
“Colin is one of those people that one can honestly say made the game of cricket better for the many ways in which he participated. His impact on the game will be remembered for many years to come.”
 
A service will be held on Tuesday November 13 at the Church of the Transfiguration 111 Manor Rd East at 1 PM followed by a celebration of his life at the Toronto Cricket Club 141 Wilson Ave Toronto
 
Cricket Canada extends its deepest condolences on behalf of all cricketers in Canada to Mr. Harvey's family.
Tue, 10/16/2012
Halifax Gold, who were the most consistent team in the HCL this year with a success ratio of over 90%, won the HCL 40 over title for the second time in its history with a big win against Halifax Red on Sunday . Gold led by Amit Joshi had also  won 12 out of 14 T20 round robin games but lost a close game to Halifax Blue in the finals on Saturday. The 40 over series was a different story where they won 6 out of 8 games in round robin and then won the finals. They were also a side where most players were picked to represent the Nova Scotia Provincial Squad (Maritime 40 and Atlantic T20 champions).
 
On Sunday Anuraj Gupta played a great knock in the finals for Halifax Red (65) but chasing 230 against a strong & consistent bowling attack in gloomy conditions was always a difficult task where he had little support from other batsmen. Batting first Halifax Gold in very difficult and swinging conditions (wet outfield) managed to make 230 with a great opening partnership between Amit Joshi and Mohan Pal. The innings was helped along by an excellent finish by Matt Webb who was also the man of the match (he also bowled 8 overs in a stretch taking the big wicket of Gupta) which sealed the game for Gold with a big margin of 87 runs.  
 
40-over League, Final, Oct 14, Halifax Gold vs Halifax Red
Gold 229/7 (40.0 overs): Matt Webb 66, Amit Joshi 45, Mohan Pal 40, Shailesh Kharol 2/43, Muneeb Ahmedani 2/44
Red 142 all out (27.2 overs): Anuraj Gupta 65, Dinesh Gaddam 33, Daksh Talwar 2/7, Matt Webb 2/41
Result: Halifax Gold won by 87 runs
Man of the Match: Matt Webb
Sun, 10/14/2012

Anmol Zakhmi and Naved Malim guided Halifax Blue to a 5 wicket victory over Halifax Gold on Saturday. With the win, the Blues are the first team in Halifax history to win the Deonaraine Cup (named for former chairman of national selectors Bhan Deonaraine) and the T20 league trophy.

HALIFAX CRICKET LEAGUE FINAL

Twenty20 League, Final, Oct 13, Halifax Gold vs Halifax Blue
Gold 93/8 (20.0 overs): Matt Webb 24, Amit Joshi 19, Akhil Kannath Angadi 4/20, Sanjeev Tagra 2/2
Blue 94/5 (18.0 overs): Anmol Zakhmi 36, Naved Malim 27, Ashraf Khan 2/17, Daksh Talwar 1/3
Result: Halifax Blue won by 5 wickets
Man of the Match: Akhil Kannath Angadi

Halifax Blue are back-to-back Twenty20 League Champions (2011 and 2012).

Tue, 10/09/2012

Brampton Masters have regained their position as TDCA league champions with a win over Centurion's in the final. Masters join Crown CC (Calgary) and Pakcan (BCMCL) as elite division winners in Canada's largest leagues.

Congratulations to all the league winners

TDCA Champions

Elite: Brampton Masters Tranzac
Premier: Ontario Cricket Academy
First: Parkdale CC
Second: Ahmadiyya CC
Third: Caribbean Limers
Fourth: Royal Sluggerz

JUNIOR Divisions

U13 United Cricket Academy/Markham Cricket Academy
U15 Oakville Cricket Academy
U17 Centurions Cricket Club
U19 Victoria Park CC

Sun, 10/07/2012

West Indies have won their first T20 Cricket World Cup and their first major international trophy in 8 years handily defeating Sri Lanka in Colombo. A much hyped final between the might of West Indies against the finesse of the Sri Lanka's turned out to be a fairly lobsided affair as West Indies won the match by 36 runs. 

Batting first after winning the toss, West Indies sturggled to get going early on as both Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles fell cheaply leaving the Windies in a huge hole. Despite the poor start, Marlon Samuels came to the party in a big way smashing 78 off 56 balls. Samuels was particularily severe on Lasitha Malinga (0-54) and rescued a stalled innings. Skipper Darren Sammy played a late cameo with 26 runs off 15 balls to pull his team to 137. 

Things started off poorly for Sri Lanka with the bat as Ravi Rampaul delivered the ball of the tournament to remove Tilakartne Dilshan and it was all West Indies after that. Mahela Jayawardene (33) and Kumar Sangakara (22) offered some resistance but a perfectly executed game plan by Sammy's men ensured that Sri Lanka did not get close. Samuel Badree (1-24) opened the bowling with Rampaul and tied down the Sri Lankan batsmen early on while Sammy and Sunil Naraine did their job to clean up the middle order. Sharp fielding from the West Indies inflicted two run outs to halt any progress that the Sri Lankan's could make. Nuwan Kulasekera (26) made a late flourish to ensure Sri Lanka got to three figures but the match was never in doubt as West Indies coasted to victory. 

Cricket Canada President Ravin Moorthy congratulated the West Indies on the significance of the victory

"On behalf of all cricketers in Canada, we congratulate the West Indies Cricket Board on this victory today. A strong West Indies Cricket program is great news for all of us in North America especially Canada. With the strong ties between our two boards and the hundreds of thousands of supporters of the West Indies in Canada, it is sure to be a well celebrated win across our country"

 

SPORTSNET CRICKET

Fri, 10/05/2012

 

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- An imperious Chris Gayle hit six sixes and five boundaries in an unbeaten 75 as the West Indies crushed Australia by 74 runs on Friday to secure a place in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka.
 
Gayle's performance helped the West Indies to a formidable 205-4 in their 20 overs. Australia was then bowled out for 131 with 20 balls to spare in the second semifinal at R. Premadasa Stadium, which will also host Sunday's final.
 
Player of the match Gayle faced 41 deliveries and shared 83 runs with Dwayne Bravo (37) for the third wicket and put on 65 off 25 balls with Kieron Pollard. Pollard's 38 off 15 balls helped West Indies become the first team of this tournament to pass the 200-run mark. The previous best score was 196-5 by England against low-ranked Afghanistan.
 
Along with driving up the West Indies total, Gayle's performance also eased the pressure on his fellow batsmen.
 

FULL STORY AND HIGHLIGHTS|FARAZ SARWAT PREVIEW

Thu, 10/04/2012

 

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis shared five wickets as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday to reach the World Twenty20 final.
 
Herath picked up 3-25 with his leftarm spin and Mendis took 2-27 in restricting Pakistan to 123-7 after Sri Lanka posted 139-4 in their semifinal.
 
It was sweet revenge for Mahela Jayawardene's team, three years after Pakistan won the title at Lord's by defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
 
Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 42 but Herath had the Pakistan captain stumped in the 15th over before bowling dangerman Shahid Afridi off the next delivery to take the game away from Pakistan and secure a place in Sunday's final. Sri Lanka will then face the winner of Friday's other semifinal between Australia and West Indies.

 

FULL STORY AND HIGHLIGHTS

Tue, 10/02/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its 25 member Winter Training Squad which commenced training on Monday September 24th, 2012.

Maninder Aulakh - Richmond CC | Richmond , BC
Trevin Bastiampillai - Centurions CC | Scarborough, ONT
Rustam Bhatti - Centurions CC | Scarborough, ONT
Rizwan Cheema - Brampton Masters CC | Scaroborough, ONT
Khurram Chohan - CanAsia | Calgary, Alberta
Daesrath Damodar - Brampton Masters CC | Brampton, ONT
Abzal Dean - Brampton Masters CC | Toronto, ONT
Parth Desai - Centurions CC | Scarborough, ONT
Nikhil Dutta - Ontario Cricket Academy | Mississagua, ONT
Jeremy Gordon - Brampton Masters CC | Toronto, ONT
Ruvindu Gunasekera - Toronto CSCC | Scarborough, ONT
Amarbir Hansra - Abottsford CC | Abottsford, BC
Nitish Kumar - Repton CC | Derbyshire, UK
Usman Limbada - Brampton Masters CC | Scarborough, ONT
Henry Osinde - Toronto CSCC | Toronto, ONT
Hiral Patel - Brampton Masters CC | Scarborough, ONT
Rayyan Khan Pathan - Toronto CSCC | Toronto, ONT
Suresh Ramkissoon - Centennial CC | Montreal, QUE
Raza-Ur Rehman - Toronto CSCC | Toronto, ONT
Tyrone Roberts - Vikings CC | Toronto, ONT
Parveen Saroye - Crown CC | Calgary, AB
Zeeshan Siddiqi - Crescent CC | Winnipeg, MB
Junaid Siddiqui - Brampton Masters CC | Scarborough, ONT
Hamza Tariq - United CC | Calgary, AB
Srimantha Wijeyratne - Centurions CC | Scarborough, ONT