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#AUTYCUP FACTS & FIGURES
2013 TEACHER'S WHISKEY AUTY CUP
July 17, 2013
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.