Mon, 01/23/2012

 

Trinidad & Tobago put in a clinical performance against Jamaica in the final to win their second consecutive Caribbean T20 title, and once again qualify for the lucrative Champions League T20. Dwayne Bravo played a sensible innings to take T&T towards a decent total; Kieron Pollard, in one 26-run over, changed that from a decent total to a strong one; and then the miserly T&T spinners, along with Ravi Rampaul, choked Jamaica to make sure the victory was by a thumping margin.

Dwayne Bravo's innings was a crucial one, as it held together an innings that showed signs of falling apart. Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo had both been dismissed by the seventh over: Simmons was beaten in the flight by legspinner Odean Brown and edged to the keeper, and Darren Bravo also edged, while poking at an Andre Russell delivery.

Dwayne Bravo showed immediate intent by pulling Russell for four in the ninth over, but lost both Adrian Barath and Denesh Ramdin at the other end in quick succession. Barath was stumped, trying to loft Brown over long-off, and Ramdin, who replaced Daren Ganga as captain before the tournament, was bowled by a Brown flipper.

At that stage, T&T were 65 for 4 in 11.1 overs and in trouble. Dwayne Bravo reacted by lofting Brown for six and then hitting another six off Nikita Miller two overs later. He mixed caution and aggression, rotating the strike in between the big shots and was helped by the fact that Sunil Narine, at the other end, was scoring at a quick rate. Narine rushed to 22 off 15 balls, hitting two sixes, both heaves to the leg side off David Bernard's medium pace.

Pollard, who was later named Man of the Series, was initially happy to play second fiddle to Dwayne Bravo. He was dropped in the 18th over, by Marlon Samuels off Krishmar Santokie. It was the second catch Jamaica had dropped - Shawn Findlay put down a sitter to let Dwayne Bravo off the hook when he was on just 20 - and they would regret them both. Santokie, who should have had Pollard's wicket, was subjected to a mauling by him in the final over of the innings. The second ball was driven for four past cover, and the next three were bludgeoned for sixes: one over long-on, one over long-off and one to midwicket. By the end of it, Santokie, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, had gone for 42 from his four overs.

Canadian's in record numbers watched matches on Sportsnet WORLD and Sportsnet ONE as cricket made its debut on major network television in Canada. 

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Sun, 01/22/2012

Two weeks of dramatic and edge of your seat cricket  comes to an end tonight as the Caribbean T20 Final between T&T and Jamaica goes at 7pm Eastern Time.

The match will be shown live on Sportsnet ONE as Red Force (T&T) looks to become the first back to back winners of this event.

On Saturday, Jamaica sealed their place in the final of the Caribbean T20 with a comfortable win over Windward Islands at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Windwards had won four games on the trot in the lead-up to the semis but lost their way with the bat in a crunch game. Opting to bat, they failed to capitalise and soon found themselves struggling at 36 for 4.

Trinidad and Tobago hammered Barbados at the Kensington Oval to book a final clash with Jamaica. On a day where a three-digit score wasn't reached, Barbados, after choosing to bat, were skittled out for 90. After a 17-run opening-wicket stand, their innings never really got going and persistent strikes kept them to a below-par score. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich top-scored with 21 but the T&T bowlers cut through the rest of the line-up. Dwayne Bravo led the way with three wickets, and was assisted by Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, each of whom picked up two wickets in miserly spells.

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Sat, 01/21/2012

Twenty-two former and current Members of Parliament have written letters of endorsement for cricket legend, Frederick Heather’s 2012 Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame nomination. Additionally, seven Senators have also put pen to paper to support Heather. The support and praise for Heather’s contributions as a builder of Canadian cricket have been overwhelming with a total of 43 written endorsements.

There are Olympic medalists, CEO’s, mayors, and authors who have joined the effort to have cricket recognized in Canada. Heather’s contributions to cricket can be read on the Cricket Canada website. Unfortunately, Canada does not have a cricket hall of fame, although Heather was inducted into the U.S. Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.

The only avenue for national recognition of cricket is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which currently does not honour a single cricketer. The Hall’s mission is to promote the importance of sport to Canadian culture, families and communities by sharing the compelling stories of our outstanding achievements in Canadian sport.

Our Members of Parliament promote that 2012 be the year Canadians are inspired by Heather’s outstanding achievements, through his inclusion to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Fri, 01/20/2012

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Trinidad & Tobago and the Windward Islands sealed semi-final spots in the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket competition in contrasting fashion on a rain-hit Thursday at Kensington Oval.

Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago were convincing winners over Canada by eight wickets on Duckworth/Lewis method, while Windward Islands snuck home in a much closer contest, scoring the winning run on the last ball to beat Guyana by five wickets.

Canada got off to a rousing start through openers Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera, who added 43 in 6.2 overs.

But once Dwayne Bravo changed the course of the innings with three quick wickets and Kevon Cooper claimed a wicket and a brilliant run out, Canada slumped badly and failed to pass three figures, being limited to 99-9 off 20 overs.

Ravi Rampaul took 4-26 and Bravo 3-20.

In the run chase, Trinidad & Tobago lost two early wickets, and Adrian Barath to a controversial obstructing the field dismissal. But Darren Bravo (42 not out) and Denesh Ramdin (30 not out) shared a stand of 59 to see their side home, reaching the revised target of 91 off 18 overs with only two wickets down and with 17 balls to spare.

Fri, 01/20/2012

Rizwan Cheema has become this first Canadian cricketer to be picked up in an overseas professional T20 league when he was selected in the player auction for hte Bangladesh Premier League.
Cheema was picked up for $25,000 by the Duronto Rajshahi for the 2012 season.
The Bangladesh Premier League will start on February 10, 2012.
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Thu, 01/19/2012

The last time Canada and T&T clashed at the CT20, they played a classic nailbiter which T&T won on the last ball of the match. Canada will be looking for a similar performance with a slightly different result as they look for their first win of the CT20 tournament.

Canada's bats showed signs of revival against Guyana but will need another strong effort  to put up a big score against the tournament favorites. Likewise the bowlers will be looking to make their mark for the first time in the tournament, as they have struggled to take wickets in the tournament. 

Players will be playing for pride as well as spots in the 2012 CWCQ Team that will be named later this month. T&T are in a must win situation as they have yet to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. 

Canadian Head Coach Michael Dighton was pleased with his teams effort in training leading up to the clash with T&T.

"We had another solid trianing session yesterday and the boys are looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the best T20 teams in the world."

The coach continued and commented on the tournament so far.

"Whilst we showed some improvement during the match with Guyana as compared to the previous games against Leeward and Winward, the opportunity is there for us to put together a more consistent 40 overs of T20 cricket.  It would be great to finish the tournament on a high as we continue to build towards our ultimate goal of qualifying for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka."

For fans following on facebook, Cricket Canada will be giving away jerseys, caps and other cool Reebok swag. Follow along for your chance to win!

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Wed, 01/18/2012

Canada has lost its third match on the trot at the Caribbean T20 tournament after falling by 8 wickets to Guyana. After winning his third toss in a row, Canada's skipper Jimmy Hansra elected to bat first again and backed his batsmen to put up a fighting total.

Canada gave a creditable account of themselves with the bat, with Ruvindu Gunasekara (38 off 28) and Jimmy Hansra (40 off 36) providing the platform for a score of 143 for 7. Raza Rehman continued his good form picking up 29 off 25 balls and Nitish Kumar 19 off 14 balls contributed down the order as Canada set the fourth highest score in the tournament so far.

Canada's bowlers struggled to pin down the Guyanese batsmen and were not helped by some mistakes in the field early on. After being reprieved in the first over, Guyanese openers Trevon Griffith (22) and Sewarnine Chattergoon (29) raced away in the powerplay and left rest the rest for Narsingh Deonarine , who was the top scorer, with 52 off 32 balls including four fours and two sixes.

Guyana won the match in 17 overs. Canada plays its final game of the tournament Thursday against Trinidad on Sportsnet ONE.

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Tue, 01/17/2012

Canada will be looking to break the goose egg at the Caribbean T20 tournament on Tuesday when they take on Guyana.  Canada have struggled to make an impact in the CT20 this year scoring a mere 229 runs and taking 3 wickets in losses to both the Winward and Leeward Islands.

However as the tournament shifts from Antigua to Barbados, Canadian head coach Michael Dighton is upbeat ahead of the contest.

‎" We are looking forward to the clash with Guyana at the Kensington Oval in Barbados after a disappointing start to the tournament ... the boys trained with enthusiasm today at the home club of legendary West Indian opener Desmond Haynes and will be looking to improve on their efforts in Antigua ... We are looking for big things from our own Shiv Chanderpaul, Salman Nazar who cant wait to going head to head with the diminutive WI and Guyanese batsman. Our senior middle order batsman will also be looking to have a greater impact after failing to fire in the first 2 matches. "

The match broadcast starts at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST LIVE IN CANADA on Sportsnet ONE and follow the conversation on Cricket Canada's facebook group with Canadian seamer Harvir Baidwan as he shares his thoughts and comments and gives the fans the opportunity to compete for cool Cricket Canada merchandise.

Fri, 01/13/2012

NORTH SOUND -- The Leeward Islands cruised to an easy eight-wicket win over Canada at the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket championship on Friday behind a game-high 47 runs from Kieran Powell.

Canada (0-2) batted first, but was unable to set a difficult target despite early boundaries from opening partnership Hiral Patel and Zubin Surkari. Canada had put up an attainable 108 runs when the Leeward Islands claimed the final wicket in the last over.

Raza-ur-Rehman led Canada with 30 runs while Patel added 24.

Powell responded with 47 not out, and Javier Liburd added 33 as the Leeward Islands (1-2) reached the necessary 109 runs in just 13.4 overs while losing just two wickets.

Canada next faces Guyana on Tuesday.

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Thu, 01/12/2012

Canada (0-1) has lost its opening match of the Caribbean T20 tournament by 9 wickets to Winward Islands (2-0). Skipper Jimmy Hansra called right on the toss and backed his men to put up a score. The powerplay overs may have proved him right as Hiral Patel (11) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (38) raced to 48-1 from 5 overs until Patel's departure sparked a stunning collapse.

Wickets fell in quick succession as only Raza Rehman (34) on debut shepparded the tail to take Canada past the century mark. Canada finished on 111-7 in 20 overs.

In reply, Canada were unable to get early penetration into the Winward Islands attack as only Henry Osinde (1-13) was able to pick up a wicket. Johnson Charles (61) did most of the damage for Winwards as they coasted to a 9 wicket victory.

The match was broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet ONE and was the first time in history that Canada appeared on a major national network in Canada. 

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