Canada succesfully chased down the USA target of 194 in 46.5 overs on Saturday. Led by a half century from Usman Limbada (64) with support from Ruvindu Gunasekera (40) and Damodar Desarath (37), Canada overcame some early wobbles to coast to a 4 wicket victory. Earlier in the day, Raza Rehman continued his sparkling form on the tour, this time with the ball picking up 5-27 and holding the USA to a subpar total.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
Elite: Brampton Masters Tranzac
Premier: Ontario Cricket Academy
First: Parkdale CC
Second: Ahmadiyya CC
Third: Caribbean Limers
Fourth: Royal Sluggerz
U13 United Cricket Academy/Markham Cricket Academy
U15 Oakville Cricket Academy
U17 Centurions Cricket Club
U19 Victoria Park CC
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"