Fri, 07/10/2015




Canada qualify for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup


Thaker and Ganji both score centuries


Canada remain the only undefeated team after day five of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championships in doing so secure their ticket to the 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. In yet another competitive match Canada took on second placed USA at Somerset Cricket Club.


Canada won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track, however that didn’t stop Karan Patel, as he cleaned up Akashdeep Gill on the first legal delivery of the day. He quickly followed up this effort, knocking over Amish Taploo to have Canada in trouble at 2-11. Arslan Khan joined Thursaanth Anantharajah at the wicket and settled in to a rhythm. The two got to work building a solid partnership, and moved the score to 78 before Khan skied one to backward square leg. Keifer Phill, at deep at fine leg, moved quickly to his left, diving full length to take an outstanding catch.


Anantharajah followed shortly after, as did skipper Muhammad Khan, and the pressure was back on the Canadian batsmen. Harsh Thaker was joined at the crease by Sarbjot Sivia and the two started their rescue mission. Thaker played the role of aggressor, while Sivia pushed singles, rotating the strike and allowing Thaker to take calculated risks. S. Patel bowled Sivia to register his first wicket of the day, as Canada looked destined for a score of 230 at 6-188.


Thaker, with support from Miraj Patel then took to the USA bowling attack, launching 14 fours and five sixes in his innings. Thaker reached his century in appropriate fashion, launching a 6 down the ground. At the beginning of the 49th over, Canada were 6-245, however this would change and change quickly as Thaker and Haseeb would push the score to 8-273 when Thaker was dismissed for an entertaining 121 off 93 deliveries. The following three deliveries would include a boundary and a six as Canada closed their innings at 9-289


USA started their innings quickly, with the score racing to 35 in the 4th over before Mohak Buch edged one to Sivia for 16. Canada started to tighten the screws, as Yadunandan Polisetty was run out in an ugly mix up with Kushal Ganji. USA continued to push the score along, with Ganji and Guaranshu Shama controlling the pace of the game. Ganji brought up his fifty, while the two brought up a 100 run partnership, however Sharma fell shortly after, advancing down the wicket against Shlok Patel, only to be beaten by the turn and stumped by Sivia.


Ganji continued on his way, hitting 10 boundaries as he brought up his 100 in the 44th over from just 116 deliveries, however the required run rate continued to climb. USA struggled to find the boundary, and when Ganji was dismissed on the last delivery of the 49th over, the challenge became too great, as M. Khan claimed three wickets in the final over to see USA finish 9-252.

Khan finished up with figures of 5-53 off his 10 overs, while Harsh Thaker was awarded Man of the Match honours for his 121.


With this win, Canada secure their berth in the 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup. Coach Errol Barrow was proud of his boys achievement “We came to this tournament with the goal of qualifying and we’ve achieved that, I couldn’t be prouder of them. Today was a very important game for us, and I thought the guys played their best game of the tournament.”


Canada take on Bermuda tomorrow at St David’s Cricket Club in the final match of the tournament.


Scores in Brief:

USA v Bermuda

Canada 289/8 from 50 overs (Thaker 121, A. Khan 34, Buch 3-38)

USA 252/9 from 50 overs (Ganji 110, Sharma 40, M. Khan 5-53)

Canada won by 37 runs

Man of the Match: Harsh Thaker (Canada)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 5  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 3 3 0 0 6 0.727 787 678
USA 4 1 3 0 2 -0.124 856 759
Bermuda 3 1 2 0 2 -0.748 415 621


Thu, 07/09/2015



Bermuda Edge Out USA In Another Close Finish


Quicks shine in low scoring affair


Day four of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championships saw USA taking on Bermuda in a tournament defining match. USA was looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to Canada two days earlier, while Bermuda was playing for survival after two early losses.


USA won the toss and elected to bat, and in a harsh blow for the Americas, star all-rounder Alex Shoff rolled his ankle in the warm-up and was ruled out of the match. The USA needed a strong start from their openers, and Mohak Buch and Yadunandan Polisetty provided just that, negating the lively pitch well early, and keeping the score ticking along with singles and the occasional boundary. Chare Smith got the first breakthrough in the 8th over when he went through the defence of Buch to dismiss him for 11. Smith followed up with the wicket Polisetty for 31, and with the score at 2-50 the match was evenly poised. From there, wickets fell at regular intervals, as batsmen struggled to come to terms with the slow, but lively pitch.


Charles Trott picked up his first wicket when he had Guaranshu Sharma caught behind for 5. From here, Trott and Smith traded wickets every couple of overs, as only three USA batsmen registered double figure scores. Finally, on the last ball of the 29th over, Nahusha Rao skied one to give Smith his first five wicket haul of the tournament. With this, USA’s innings came to a close with just 109 runs on the board. Smith ended with figures of 5-27 off 9 overs, while Trott also claimed 5 wickets for 30 runs of his 10 overs. Jahnoi Bean-Wilson was also featured heavily, claiming 5 dismissals behind the stumps.


The Bermudan innings began in lightening fashion, taking 17 runs off the first two overs. The wayward but talented Keifer Phill needed to stand up for his team, and stand up he did. He removed Bean-Wilson in his second over, before dismissing Jordan Smith three balls later with a beautiful in-swinger. He followed up with a fast, full delivery which was far too good for Jade Morrisey, sending him back without scoring. This brought the team to life, and soon fellow opening bowler Rao joined the party, trapping the ever dangerous Delray Rawlins in front for 8. With the score at 4-37, USA were right in the contest as Rao picked up another, followed by a fourth to Phill as he continued his team lifting performance.


When Phill picked up his 5th wicket, Bermuda was reeling at 7-62 with a couple of overs from Phill and Rao still to negate. Charles Trott, confident from his 5 wicket hall, joined forces with Shakeal Outerbridge, and slowly worked their way back into the match. USA continued their tournament habit of erratic bowling, sending down 27 wides and 3 no balls as Bermuda continued to chip away at the lead. After putting on a handy 35 run partnership, it was Phill who again provided the breakthrough, dismissing Outerbridge for 17 to claim his 6thwicket.


Some tense moments would follow for the Bermudians, with a number of appeals turned down, and a sharp catch in slip off Sahil Patel deemed not to have carried. Sahil Patel would strike with the score on 108, bringing Micah Simons to the crease with 2 runs required to win. It would only take Bermuda 3 balls to finish the game however, as Simons turned a ball through midwicket to collect the winning runs. Trott would remain 18 not out at the other end.


Bermuda coach Cleve Wade was exceptionally proud of his player’s performance “The players showed a lot of character. I was very pleased with the boy’s performance in the field. Due to the loss of early wickets, the middle and late order bats showed a lot of discipline and guts to get the win. The partnership between Shakeal and Charles was vital for us to get the victory.”


The Man of the match would be awarded to Charles Trott, whose five wickets and match winning 18 not out would be the difference between the two sides.


This result leaves the competition wide open, with USA win tomorrow against Canada, putting them firmly back in the battle for top spot, while a loss would see them anxiously await the result of Saturday’s match between Bermuda and Canada to see who will progress to the repechage event to be held later this year.


Scores in Brief:

USA v Bermuda

USA 109/10 from 30 overs (Polisetty 31, C. Smith 5-27, Trott 5-30)

Bermuda 110/9 from 22.2 overs (Trott 18*, Phill 6-46, Rao 2-40)

Bermuda won by 1 wicket

Man of the Match: Charles Trott (Bermuda)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 4  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 2 2 0 0 4 0.72 498 426
USA 3 1 2 0 2 0.185 604 470
Bermuda 3 1 2 0 2 -0.748 415 621


Wed, 07/08/2015

Day three of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship was a top of the table clash between the two undefeated sides. Canada came into the day off the back of a strong performance against Bermuda, while the USA, fresh off a rest day, came ready to prove themselves against the strong Canadian side.


Canada won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast, muggy morning at Somerset Cricket Club. Karan Patel got plenty out of the pitch early, claiming two early wickets to have Canada on the back foot. However erratic bowling and would stunt this momentum, with 39 wides bowled in the innings. When S. Patel picked up the prized wicket of Arslan Khan, USA looked like wrestling the ascendency back. At this point, skipper Muhammad Khan was joined by Harsh Thaker, who joined forces to again propel the run rate. The pair pushed singles, and punished bad deliveries, racing towards a 100 run partnership. M. Khan chalked up his 50, and the score passed 200, however a quick single would see Thaker run out for 47. This would trigger a collapse as M. Khan was caught in the deep two balls later for a well-made 68.


Miraj Patel was the only member of the tail to provide any real resistance as the Canadians were bowled out for 240 in the 49th over. The pick of the bowlers for the USA was Karan Patel with 4-40 off 9.1 overs.


After taking the ascendency back in the second half of the Canadian innings, the USA batsmen were looking to continue this trend. M. Khan and Suliman Khan had other ideas though, using their pace to push the openers on the back foot. A. Khan trapped Yadunandan Polisetty in front without scoring, while S. Khan removed Mohak Buch and Sagar Patel in quick succession to have the USA reeling at 4-10 in the 5thover.


Srihari Dasarathy provided some stability at the top of the order and supported Guaranshu Sharma, whose clean striking pushed the score past 50. A short time later, some sharp work in the field from Thaker had Dasarathy run out for 22, who was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Sharma after a mix up saw both he and Alexander Shoff at the same end. Three overs later another wicket fell and Canada looked to be closing on a dominant victory, as USA still required 157 with only three wickets in hand.


Karan Patel joined Shoff at the crease, and the two worked together to work the ball around, while taking advantage of any loose deliveries. Shoff batted with maturity beyond his years as he pushed singles, putting faith in his tail order batsman who looked comfortable controlling the tempo of the match.


The two surged past 100, bringing up their 50 run partnership, and Shoff’s 50 shortly after. Shoff started to open his shoulders, showing some crisp, clean hitting as he took advantage of the slightest mistakes from the Canadian bowlers. At the other end, Patel launched a few of his own, but just as quickly was knocked over by M. Khan for a superb 29 (45). Kiefer Phill came to the crease with the score 8-161, and put together a much needed 30 run partnership, however his dismissal left a seemingly impossible task for Shoff, as USA required 50 runs or 7 overs with just the one wicket in hand.


The spectators at Somerset Cricket Club would be treated to an extraordinary display. Sahil Patel played the role of number 11 perfectly, pushing singles down the ground and giving the strike to Shoff, who by this stage had complete control of the game. At the end of the 46thover, USA had moved to 9-215, still with plenty of work to do. The 47th over saw Shoff launch two successive sixes off Haseeb, as the score moved to 233.


Thaker and Miraj Patel bowled two very tight overs for the Canadians, while Shoff pushed a single down the ground and brought up a near perfect century off just 75 deliveries. USA entered the 49th over requiring three runs for victory. Patel pushed the first delivery into a gap for a single, bringing Shoff on strike for the remaining 5 deliveries with only 2 runs to win. Shoff pushed the ball into a gap and set off for the single, but was turned back by Patel, and a lunging dive could was not enough to save him from being run out. Shoff ended with 103 off 81 deliveries, with 9 fours and 5 sixes as USA fell 1 run short of the Canadians, but could hold their heads up high after a courageous display.


Canadian Coach Errol Barrow was proud of his players “I thought we were probably 40 runs short with the bat, but our bowlers responded well early which was pleasing. Full credit to Alex Shoff, who batted really well, I’m just proud of my boys for holding their nerve”.


Alexander Shoff was awarded Man of the Match honours for his magnificent century.


Scores in Brief:

Canada v Bermuda

Canada 241/10 from 48.1 overs (M. Khan 68, Thaker 47, K. Patel 4-40)

USA 240/10 from 49.2 overs (Shoff 103, Sharma 43, M. Khan 3-52)

Canada won by 1 runs

Man of the Match: Alexander Shoff (USA)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 3  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 2 2 0 0 4 0.72 498 426
USA 2 1 1 0 2 1.35 495 360
Bermuda 2 0 2 0 0 -2.07 305 512


Tue, 07/07/2015

Day two of ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship saw hosts Bermuda head to St David’s Cricket Club to take on Canada in a must-win game for the locals. Bermuda needed a win to get their World Cup plans back on track and were searching for redemption following a poor showing on day one.


Winning the toss and electing to field, Bermuda claimed a scalp in the first over when Micah Simons trapped Akashdeep Gill in front. Amish Taploo then joined Thursaanth Anantharajah at the crease and had started to increase the scoring when Anantharajah was bowled by Chare Smith for 13.


This wicket brought Arslan Khan to the crease, and with it some difficult times for Bermuda, as Khan and Taploo combined for a 93 run partnership. The two negated the Bermudian bowlers with ease, picking gaps and hitting boundaries to keep the score moving along. The dismissal of Taploo for 46 did little to deter Khan, who continued on his way notching his 50 soon after. Khan had good support from Muhammad Khan and Harsh Thaker through the middle of the innings, and looked to be cruising towards a century. However he was soon in need of medical attention after suffering cramps, and was dropped on 88 a short time later. Unfortunately this would bring about his demise, as he lost timing and control and was finally dismissed for 94 in the 49th over. 


On the back of A. Khan’s innings, Canada reached a competitive total of 7-257 off their 50 overs. The run chase for Bermuda started promisingly, with Jahoni Bean-Wilson and Jordan Smith both playing a number of near perfect straight drives. The score had moved to 37 before Smith was removed by Haseeb, who removed Bean-Wilson shortly after for an impressive 31. Delray Rawlins came to the crease and provided strong resistance to the tight bowling of Haseeb and Thaker. Rawlins cruised to 31, before mistiming a sweep which hit him in the head. He could very well have been out the next ball had it not been for some poor communication between the Canadian fielders in the deep.


Rawlins survived to the next drinks break, and came back out with a new sense of purpose, manipulating the strike in a strong partnership with San’j Dill. The pair put on 51 before Rawlins played one onto his stumps off Miraj Patel. From here it was always going to be a tough ask for the Bermudians, and although the tail wagged, it wasn’t enough as they were eventually dismissed for 186 after 46.3 overs.


For the Canadians, the pick of the bowlers was Thaker (3-28 off 10) and Haseeb (3-18 off 9.3), while S. Patel (3-41 off 9) also bowled well. Arslan Khan was adjudged Man of the Match for his 94 off 128 deliveries.

Scores in Brief:

Canada v Bermuda

Canada 257/7 from 50 overs (A. Khan 94, Taploo 46, C. Smith 2-36)

Bermuda 186/10 from 46.3 overs (Rawlins 45, Bean-Wilson 31, Haseeb 3-18, Thaker 3-28)

Canada won by 71 runs

Man of the Match: Arslan Khan (Canada)

Tournament Standings:



ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 2  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
USA 1 1 0 0 2 2.72 255 119
Canada 1 1 0 0 2 1.42 257 186
Bermuda 2 0 2 0 0 -2.07 305 512


Sun, 07/05/2015

The ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship commenced today in Bermuda, with Bermuda taking on the USA at Somerset Cricket Club. On a hot and sunny morning, USA won the toss and elected to bat.

This proved the correct decision early as openers Mohak Buch and Yadunandan Polisetty turned the strike over early. Once settled, the openers took advantage of the undisciplined Bermudian attack, scoring regular boundaries as they moved to 0-64 at the first drinks break.


Things remained the same after the break as the Buch and Polisetty brought up their 100 run partnership. The pair moved to 129 before Jordan Smith dismissed Polisetty for 37. Buch, who had batted superbly for his 76, was trapped in front by J. Smith shortly after. Bermuda started taking regular wickets, with Chare Smith grabbing two quick ones, however numerous extras and lapses in the field hurt the home side, as Alexander Shoff and Chetram Persuad kept the scoreboard ticking over.


In reply, Bermuda lost quick wickets early with both Keifer Phill and Karan Patel attacking the stumps. Shortly after, Bermuda lost Jordan Smith, adjudged LBW off Patel, Bermuda had found itself in deep trouble at 3-26.


Things didn’t get any easier for the Bermudian batsman, and although the score was moving along quickly, the loss of wickets at regular intervals stunted any chance of a comeback. The lower order added some resistance, with a couple of large 6s, and a handy 28 from Chare Smith. However, it was too little, too late for Bermuda who were dismissed for 119 in the 23rd over.


Keifer Phill and Karan Patel were the pick of the bowlers, while Alexander Shoff picked up 2 wickets at the end. Mohak Buch was named Man of the Match for his 76.


USA have a rest day tomorrow, while Bermuda take on Canada at St David’s Cricket Club.


Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 1  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
USA 1 1 0 0 2 2.72 255 119
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bermuda 1 0 1 0 0 -2.72 119 255


Wed, 05/06/2015

Canada Move Clear at Top of the Table


Bermuda notch first win over Suriname


Canada maintained its unbeaten form with victory over the host country, USA this morning. While in the afternoon match Bermuda notched their first win of the tournament in convincing fashion over Suriname.


In the much anticipated morning match between the two undefeated sides, the USA got off to the start they wanted, with Steven Taylor and Fahad Babar combining for 51 for the first wicket. Babar continued his good form before finally being dismissed, for the first time this tournament, for 31 from 25 balls. After Stanford went cheaply for 6, USA continued their momentum through Taylor and Bhatti, taking the score past 100 in the 15thover. USA looked to have the platform to score in excess of 140, however, when Nihkil Dutta dismissed Taylor for a well-compiled 46 (50 balls), it sparked a collapse for the Americans. They lost 7 wickets for 20 runs in the last 4 overs, including 4 wickets in the last over to finish 127/9. Nitish Kumar created 2 great runs outs from the deep and Cecil Pervez again lead the attack clean bowling 3 batsmen in his last over, finishing with player of the match figures of 3-9 from 3 overs.


Canada took the momentum they gathered with the ball into their batting innings. As was the case yesterday, Rizwan Cheema and Ruvindu Gunasekera came out hard dispatching the US bowlers over the top early. Again though, Cheema could not go on with his positive start being dismissed by Ghous for 20 from 14 balls. His dismissal brought Nitish Kumar to join Gunasekera and the two combined well and took the game away from USA with some classy batting. The pair combined for a partnership of 74 but when Kumar (32) and Gunasekera (51) were both out in succession, and then Dhaliwal went for 0, it left the door slightly ajar for the USA. Experienced head Jimmy Hansra (16 not out) however steadied the ship for Canada and took them past the USA total with 8 balls to spare finishing 131/4.


In the afternoon game Bermuda’s experienced heads helped get some momentum into their campaign against Suriname. After Stovell (2) and Pitcher (8) fell cheaply for Bermuda David Hemp and Janerio Tucker put on somewhat of a master-class. The two veterans combined for an undefeated partnership of 90 with Tucker finishing 43 not out from 41 balls, while Hemp’s 72 not out from 57 balls earned him the player of the match award.


In reply, Suriname struggled from the outset. They consistently lost wickets throughout their 20 overs and were eventually bowled out for 55 after 18.1 overs. The only batter to make double figures was Gavin Singh who made 15. For Bermuda Stovell, Robinson and Gilbert all chipped in with two wickets. Bermuda’s comfortable win will give them some hope of rectifying their poor start and still progressing to the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier.


Tomorrow allows teams to rest ahead of a critical second round of matches resuming on Thursday May 7th 2015. 



Tue, 05/05/2015

Canada and USA Dominate on Day Two


Canada and USA remain undefeated in the ICC Americas Division 1 tournament after an eventful day two. Whilst showers kept the ground staff in Indianapolis busy, Canada proved too strong for Bermuda and in the afternoon USA asserted their authority in a win over Suriname.


Canada won the toss in the first match of the day and immediately took the attack to Bermuda. Ruvindu Gunasekera and Rizwan Cheema displayed a combination of brute power and lovely timing to take the score to 49 in the seventh over before Cheema was dismissed for 29 from 21 deliveries. Nitish Kumar and Gunasekera continued the Canadian momentum and took the score to 94 before Kumar was bowled for 20.


Kumar’s dismissal sparked Bermuda to fight back in the last 8 overs thanks to Jacobi Robinson’s 3-13 from his 3 overs, which included the prized wicket of the eventual man of the match Gunasekera for a well made 62 (54 balls). The late wickets from Bermuda helped to restrict Canada to 143/8 when 160 seemed a realistic target.


Rain fell during the innings break with the Duckworth Lewis method reducing the target to 105 from 13 overs. The chase appeared too greater task for Bermuda, as they struggled to establish a partnership under the pressure of tight Canadian bowling. The best contributors with the bat for Bermuda were Captain Janerio Tucker with 20 from 13 balls, including two big sixes, and Tre Manders 17 not out, however it wasn’t enough to trouble Canada falling 34 runs short of the target at 70/8. For the Canadian’s, Cecil Pervez was the pick of the bowlers with 2-5 from 2 overs. He was ably assisted by Nikhil Dutta and Jimmy Hansra who also chipped in with two wickets apiece with the ball.


In the afternoon game Suriname won the toss and batted first against the USA. They were much improved on the first performance with the bat, largely thanks to a solid start from Shazam Ramjohn (24 from 30) and Muneshwar Patandin (20 from 18). Ramjohn and Patandin gave Suriname a solid platform however the USA bowlers rallied and continued to take wickets through the second half of the innings. The main contributors for the USA were Karen Ganesh with 3-17 and Timil Patel 2-16. Suriname was restricted to 106/8 from their 20 overs.


In reply, the USA stuttered early losing two wickets in the first two overs, with Taylor (1) and Dodson (0) falling cheaply. However, they consolidated beautifully through a great partnership of 101 to take the USA past Suriname’s total in the 14th over. Nicholas Standford asserted himself as player to watch with some brilliant boundaries over cover in his dominant 64 not out from 49 balls. Standford was ably assisted by USA’s form batsman, Fahad Babar, who again remained undefeated on 35 from 30 balls.


The comfortable victories to Canada and USA set up a mouth-watering clash tomorrow morning between the two undefeated sides, while the afternoon game will see Bermuda take on Suriname as both sides look for their first win of the tournament.


USA versus Canada commences at 10am and Indianapolis World Sports Park.





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Mon, 05/04/2015

Canada and USA take Day 1 honours


Indianapolis produces immaculate facility


Indianapolis has seen its first glimpse of international cricket today, with the ICC Americas Division 1 Championships commencing today at Indianapolis World Sports Park. 

The first match of the day saw tournament favourites Canada pitted against the recently promoted Suriname. Suriname won the toss and elected to field on the pristine surface, which looked to be a great decision. Ravindu Gunasekera and Rizwan Cheema started to get on top of the bowling before Gunasekera was dismissed for 11. Cheema continued to work the strike, compiling a handy 34, before he was dismissed by Tony Dudnath.  Some late hitting from Nikhil Dutta and Hamza Tariq saw the score push along, as Suriname dropped catches at critical times throughout the innings. Eventually, though good, tight bowling, Suriname was able to restricted Canada to very gettable 121 in their 20 overs.


Suriname’s innings started poorly, with Shazam Ramjohn dismissed in the first over without troubling the scorers. From this point, Suriname struggled to gain any momentum in their innings, with Wasim Hashim (19) the only batsman to reach double figures. Canada was able to restrict Suriname to 9/59 off their 20 overs, to take a comfortable 62 run victory. Nikhil Dutta was the pick of the bowlers, with 4 wickets for only 8 runs off his 4 overs, earning him the Man of the Match honours.


In the second game, home side USA took on the energetic Bermudian side. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat, with Dean Stovell and James Celestine setting a strong platform from which to build. David Hemp (20) showed class in the middle order while wickets fell around him, however when he was stumped with score on just 55, Bermuda looked in trouble. Enter Christian Burgess. Burgess pummelled the USA attack around the ground, making an unbeaten 43 off 29 delivers to guide Bermuda to a defendable 123 off their 20 overs.


In reply, USA made a slow start, but managed to keep the run rate moving along. Fahad Babar provided the rock for the innings, as players came and went around him. Steven Taylor came and went cheaply, as did Nicholas Standford. Babar received great support from Timil Patel, as the pair put on 30 for the 4th wicket. USA looked to be cruising to victory, however Bermuda wouldn’t give up, with tight bowling and quality fielding, continued to drive the required run rate upwards. Janeiro Tucker brought himself into the attack in the 17th over, and snared 2 wickets for 2 runs, to swing the match back in Bermuda’s favour.


By this stage, Babar had reached his half century, much to the delight of the USA fans, and when Tucker came back to bowl the 19th over, Babar decided enough was enough. Babar dispatched Tucker twice over the mid-wicket boundary, taking 20 runs off the over and giving USA a 5 wicket victory with 1 over remaining. Babar finished with 78 from 54 deliveries, carrying his bat through the innings on his way to the Man of the Match award.


Tomorrow’s fixture sees Canada taking on Bermuda, while USA look to remain undefeated against the talented Suriname side. The first match commences at 10am at Indianapolis World Sports Park.

Link to matches
Thu, 04/23/2015

Cricket Canada (CC) is the body responsible for the administration and growth of cricket in Canada.  An Associate member of the International Cricket Council ("ICC"),

CC requires the services of a suitably qualified and experienced coach to provide coaching services to develop a core of female players capable of representing Canada in years to come. This role will also have an acute focus on increasing the number of women and girls regularly playing cricket.



·         Responsible for coaching, including planning, developing and executing the women's squad training program consistent with the objectives agreed by CC.

·         Assist the Development Officer or equivalent with initiatives to grow female participation in cricket through schools and community competitions and events.

·         Work with existing stakeholders in female cricket to ensure there is a clear understanding and plan to increase female participation in the game for Canada to again play ICC events. Develop a coaching structure to support junior teams.

·         Assist with selection of talent and coordinate national level tournaments organized by CC.

·         Be a ‘champion’ for the female game by encouraging potential National squad players to become involved in developing new players and being role models for young girls to become involved in the game.

·         Prepare regular written reports to the General Manager.

·         Act as mentor coach for other development coaches – with a particular focus on developing more female coaches.


Key Selection Criteria:

·         Have a proven track record of on-field personal success particularly with development and / or female teams

·         Display an in-depth knowledge of the game and core coaching competencies

·         Possess leadership and inter-personal skills, to be a role model and a ‘champion’ for the female game in Canada

·         Minimum of Level 2 coaching certificate or its equivalent complemented with 5 years minimum proven coaching experience.

·         Have experience in assisting in the development and enjoyment of youngplayers.

·         Excellent verbal and written skills in English and people management skills.

·         Proven ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals from varied backgrounds.

·         Proven planning, communication, organizational and execution skills.

·         Strong computer literacy (Microsoft Office Suite) and coaching software (Silicon Coach, Dart fish, Cricstat etc.).

·         Highly motivated and driven to achieve improvements in female squad and increase participation in the game.


If you meet the requirements, please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you will excel in this role to:

Applications close: Friday May 8

Thu, 04/23/2015

All rounder Rizwan Cheema will lead Canada at the Pepsi ICC Americas Division 1 T20 tournament in Indianapolis from May 3 -10, 2015. Hamza Tariq will be his deputy. Along with Canada the tournament will feature Bermuda, Surinam and USA. The top two teams will advance to the 2015 ICC World T20 Qualifier to be held in Ireland and Scotland from July 3 - 26, 2015.

Prior to the Indianapolis tournament, the team will travel to Houston, Texas for training and also to play three T20 matches against an invitational XI which will include international players.

Some players who were considered for selection to the Canada squad were unavailable due to work commitments.

Canada squad

  1. Rizwan Cheema - captain
  2. Hamza Tariq - vice captain
  3. Amarbir Hansra
  4. Cecil Pervez
  5. Farhan Malik
  6. Junaid Siddiqui
  7. Khurram Chohan
  8. Navneet Dhaliwal
  9. Nikhil Dutta
  10. Nitish Kumar
  11. Ruvindu Gunasekera
  12. Saad Bin Zafar
  13. Satsimranjit Dhindsa
  14. Srimantha Wijeyeratne

Mukesh Narula - Head Coach

Manzoor Chaudhary - Manager

Heath Spence - Physiotherapist