Wed, 08/17/2011

 
Another memorable weekend of Masters Cricket was played at scenic Victoria Park on August 6/7 --- Calgary v Edmonton. After heavy downpours overnight and sustained lightning and thunder activity, it did not appear as if the much-anticipated Alberta initiation of a brand new turf wicket at VP would be possible. But, happily, the skies cleared out and the temps warmed up considerably to make for a great day’s cricket.
 
Chris James, immediate past president of Cricket Alberta, was honored for being the driving force behind the conversion to turf wicket at the venue. It is a significant accomplishment in that it will now make Alberta a choice venue when national and international events are scheduled in Toronto. Currently, all international matches are assigned to Toronto, which now holds a decidedly unfair advantage over the rest of the country. In his honor, Chris was given a brand new white cricket ball signed by the masters of both cities as well as the opportunity to captain Calgary on the field and he did not disappoint.
 
Game 1:
 
Calgary’s Innings:
 
 
It was another clean sweep by the hosts. But winning is secondary when the game is played for its traditional values and where respect for opponents, umpires and everyone else is valued. Edmonton won the toss and sent the visitors in. Calgary were given a solid start by openers Jonathan Bray and Trevor DeFreitas, who put on a 56-run partnership. Bray was the first wicket to fall, attempting a pull shot to wicket which saw the ball clipping the top of his off stump. DeFreitas fell shortly after, but not before becoming the first man to score a fifty on the new wicket. Sohail Abdullah came in at number 3, but his stay was brief, departing without scoring. Chris James was next man in.
 
The cameras were on when the cricketing icon walked to the crease. He played well during his 30-minute stay, blocking the good ones and attempting to punish the loose ones, but a little rust impeded that ambition until he played right across the line and was bowled by Ryan Rahaman who maintained a steady line and length on or just outside off stump.
 
One of Alberta’s great batting maestros of the past 35 plus years, Paul St. Rose, came in at 6 and immediately showed flashes of brilliance, reminiscent of the halcyon, glory days of past decades, treating spectators to timely blasts sailing high into the trees at the mid-wicket and long-on boundaries, coupled with a rock-solid defense. He was unbeaten on 54, when the 10th wicket fell, in helping Calgary post a respectable target of 167.
 
Edmonton’s Innings:
 
Ryan Rahaman and Sammy Naicken opened Edmonton’s innings and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon from the get-go, taking 16 off the first over, most of it coming off Rahaman’s blade. Rahaman relished the conditions, patiently waiting for anything loose. He thoughtfully carved the mediocre Calgary bowling to all parts of the ground, retiring on 101. By reaching a century, Rahaman became the first man to achieve that lofty and momentous milestone on the new wicket. Naicken, too, earlier, had retired to allow his mates to have a taste of the strip, a magnanimous gesture for which the Masters is well known. The crowd was treated to a cameo from George Robinson who played a stylish innings of 20 not out. Edmonton won the first match with relative ease, as the great Steve Dutchin remained undefeated on 13 during a brief stay at the crease.
 
Game 2:
 
Edmonton’s Innings:
 
 
The host won the toss for the second day in a row and elected to bat first on a mostly sunny morning. Ted Brown and Bryn Whittaker opened and put on 48 before Bryn nicked one to the keeper and walked, one the umpire had missed. Ted batted brilliantly, putting some huge slogs right on top of the clubhouse, ending the day on an aggressive 66. Steve came in to bat at number three. He began watchfully and once he got his eyes in, he made Calgary toil.
 
Any ball that was short or too full got its deserved treatment into the distances and over the trees.  He was dropped on 32 at the long off boundary off the bowling of spinner Ron Saywack. Like all great batsmen, they make you pay. Steve reached the highest score, and second century, of the series (104) before retiring. Edmonton set Calgary a mammoth target of 279 in their allotted 40 overs.
 
Calgary’s Innings:
 
DeFreitas and Bray opened again for Calgary and put on 32 for the first wicket. After a long day in the sun, they were zapped of energy and it showed. Trevor was bowled for 16. Art Alfonso came in at 3 but departed shortly thereafter, looking completely out of form. After he fell, Rodney Gooray came in to team up with Sohail who came at 4. Their partnership gave Calgary hope as they authoritatively struck the ball to all parts for sixes and fours. Gooray was given out run out by the square-leg umpire under dubious circumstances for 27. That dismissal effectively ended Calgary’s hope.
 
Sohail continued his mastery of the Edmonton bowlers until he blasted one right up the throat of the man on the long-on fence, who did not make a mistake, for a swashbuckling 74. St. Rose, who had earlier suffered a painful blow to his left hand whilst fielding, was unable to bat at his customary number 6. When he did make it out to the crease, the result was all but academic. Vijay Mutto was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/33 .
 
Edmonton retained the Masters Trophy in convincing fashion.
 
Notables:
 
1      Trevor Defreitas scored the first fifty;
2      Ryan Rahaman scored the first hundred –101;
3      Steve Dutchin scored the highest runs –104
        4   Vijay Mutto claimed the first five-for.

Mon, 08/15/2011

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its ICC America's u15 North Championship Squad.  The tournament will take place from Assiniboine park in Winnipeg Manitoba from August 22nd - 26th.

Match schedule and details will be released shortly.

CANADA SQUAD

Manula Adihetti (ON), Kurt Barndath (ON), Prushoth Senathirajah (CAPTAIN) (ON), Gayan Ferdinands (ON), Aminder Atwal (ON), Bradley Dickinson (ON), Harsh Thakar (ON), Abrash Khan (ON), Neil Ramdath (ON), Sarhjot Singh (MB), Miraj Patel (AB), Rohan Devraj (BC), Cooper Hart (BC), Shafin Mubasshir Ahmed, (QE).

Alternates

Jonothan Awandappa (ON), Kapil Kirkire (AB), Ricky Persaud (MB), Harman Sidhu (BC)

 

Thu, 08/11/2011

Hosts Canada were runaway winners against the United States of America at the Etihahd Summer Festival on Thursday. Canada won the toss and elected to bat first under great conditions at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The USA jumped on Canada early pegging the hosts back to 21-3 when Rizwan Cheema (20) and Hiral Patel (39) staged a fightback. Wavering at 76-5, Hamza Tariq exploded with a 27 ball 61* hitting 6 sixes. Usman Limbada paced his innings on the otherside for 22 and the two put on 32 in the last over and carried Canada to a massive 158. 

In reply, USA were never in the match, as Khurram Chohan, Rizwan Cheema and Parth Desai took 2 wickets each and USA ended on 86-7 in 20 overs. 

Earlier in the day the first shocker of the tournament took place as Afghanistan upset T&T by 35 runs. Skipper Nawroz Mangal led the way for the Afghani's with 78 but Sherwin Ganga's last over hattrick made sure AFghanistan was held to a small score of 138. T&T were cruising through the first two overs before losing three wickets in the 4th over and eventually losing their way being bowled out for 103. 

Cricket Canada was pleased to bring this match to viewers live online all over the world on www.gocricketgocanada.com

Tomorrow's matches are Canada XI vs. Afghanistan XI  and T&T vs. USA XI

An unbelievable day for Canadian cricket as again Canada brought Cricket to fans around the world, including places like Kabul where some Afghani's were seeing their team play live for the first time. 

LIVE STREAM

LIVE SCORECARD CANADA XI VS. USA XI

AFGHANISTAN XI VS. T&T

Team P W L T N/R Pts NRR
Canada XI 1 1 0 0 0 2 3.60
Afghanistan XI 1 0 0 0 2 1.75
T&T 1 0 1 0 0 0 -1.75
USA XI 1 0 1 0 0 0 -3.60

 

Wed, 08/10/2011

Trinidad and Tobago have released their squad for the upcoming Etihad Summer Fesitval August 11 - 13th at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario

Darren Ganga will captain the squad which is using the tour as vital preparation for the upcoming Champion's League T20 in India. T&T are the defending Caribbean T20 and famously squeaked out a last ball victory against Canada earlier this year.

Daren Ganga - Captain, Rayad Emrit, Samuel Badree, William Perkins, Danesh Ramdin, Sherwin Ganga, Adrian Barath, Jason Mohammed, Dave Mohammed, Justen, Guillen, Imran Khan, Richard Kelly, Navin Stewart, Aneil Kanhal.

Cricket Canada Summer Festival Schedule

Wed, 08/10/2011

 

USACA has confirmed the following side to paritcipate in the Etihad Summer Festival that begins tomorrow at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto. 
 
Anand Tummala
George Adams
Azurdeen Mohammed
Japen Patel
Quasen Alfred
Amir Nanjee 

Stuart Mills
Mohammad Ghous
Samarth Shah
Jignesh Desai

Charan Singh
Hussain Haidar
Bhim George
Akeem Dodson 
 
Arun Vittala - Manager 
Howard Johnson - Coach 
Akhta Masood Syed - Physio

Tue, 08/09/2011

Canada will not participate in the u19 Cricket World Cup in 2012 after losing a must win final game against Afghanistan. Being put in to bat, Canada crumbled for 71 runs and took only 2 wickets as Afghanistan chased the target down with little difficulty. 

In Toronto, Canada dropped the second of two ODI's to Afghanistan as they failed to chase down 150 in a rain hit 20 over match. Hiral Patel (45) top scored for Canada who were ahead of the chase all the way but lost regular wickets down the stretch and were unable to finish.

 

CANADA U19 VS. AFGHANISTAN U19

CANADA VS. AFGHANISTAN 2ND ODI

Sun, 08/07/2011

Canada has stayed alive in the 2011 ICC u19 CWC Qualifier by defeated USA handily by 5 wickets. 

Canada had a good start to the day today bowling USA out for 101 on the strength of a 6 for 32 from Manny Aulakh. 

Canada, lost a few wickets early on, but Rayyan Pathan (42) held the innings together to fashion a five-wicket win. With this win, Canada kept its hopes of playing in Australia alive.

Aulakh’s spell helped him walk away with the Man of the Match award: “There was something in the pitch for the quick bowlers. We had a plan to bowl in good areas and it worked. We stuck to the basics and they (USA) made a few mistakes. This was one of my best spells. This win will give us a huge boost. Everybody is now positive and want to end this tournament on a high.’’  

Canada faces a must win against AFghanistan on Tuesday. The winner will move on to Australia, the loser more than likely will go home. 

Today's win avenged the loss in the ICC America's Division One u19 final which Canada lost narrowly to USA in January. 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

 

 

Points table:

 

TEAM

P

W

T

NR

L

PTS

NRR

Scotland

8

7

0

0

1

14

+0.715

Nepal

8

6

0

0

2

12

+0.777

Ireland

7

5

0

0

2

10

+1.006

Afghanistan

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.357

USA

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.158

PNG

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.072

Canada

8

4

0

0

4

8

-0.002

Namibia

7

3

0

0

4

6

+0.341

Kenya

8

2

0

0

6

4

-0.631

Vanuatu

8

0

0

0

8

0

-3.031

 

Thu, 08/04/2011

esuming at 21-4 over night, Canada would have hoped for a positive start to day 3 after day 2 was washed out. Unfortunately for Canada it was not to be as nightwatchman Harvir Baidwan (8) fell after a 23 run partnership with Zeeshan Siddiqui. 

 

Siddiqui on debut seemed unperturbed by what was happening around him and continued to shine on debut reaching his half century and giving the smattering of Canadian fans around the ground. 

 

While Siddiqui (52) and Henry Osinde (14) were still at the crease there was a chance that Canada could avoid a follow-on but as Siddiqui departed, Osinde soon followed and Canada were all out for 130. 

 

Being asked to follow on did seem to fire up the Canadian batsmen as they came out blazing at almost 6 runs per over, however wickets continued to tumble and Canada were struggling at 52-4. A partnership between Siddiqui (23) and Zubin Surkari (35) seemed to hold off the Afghan assault but both parted in quick succession leaving Canada far adrift of making the Afghans bat again. 

 

Hamza Tariq ensured the Afghan's would bat again as he scored his maiden first class century finally pulling Canada into the lead as he put on 81 runs with Harvir Baidwan (29*). Tariq perished just before close leaving Baidwan and Khurram Chohan with much to do tomorrow. 

 

Hamid Hassan (7-61, and 3-24) was the pick of the Afghan bowlers and seems destined for a man of the match award tomorrow.  

 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Wed, 08/03/2011

Canada slugged out a dramatic 3 wicket victory over Nepal in the 5th round of the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.
At Bready Cricket Club, Nepal was bowled out by Canada for 106 in 42.5 overs with only wicketkeeper Pradeep Airee making 22. But Nepal’s bowlers made Canada earn every run in the chase as wickets at regular intervals. Kyle Edghill made an unbeaten 52 off 133 balls with three boundaries to guide Canada home with 10 balls to spare.
Edghill’s effort earned him the Man of the Match award. Edghill praised Nepal’s bowlers for making things difficult in the chase: “I had to take my time to steady the innings. All the credit to the Nepal bowlers for keeping it tight. We had to work hard to get those runs. My plan was to just stay there and bat as long as possible without losing concentration. This win does a lot to boost the morale of the side and we can now take it to the next game as well.’’
Keasavan Juvarajan and Trevor Manoosingh took 3 wickets each contributing to Canada's cause.
 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Sun, 07/31/2011

Canada has defeated Vanuatu in convincing fashion to move to 2-1 at the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.  

Vanuatu batted first and could not muster much resistance to the Canadian bowling as Manny Aulakh (3-11) led the way for Canada’s bowler.  Captain Keasavan Juvarajan (3-49), Rayyan Pathan (1-21), Nitish Kumar (1-34), and Nikhil Dutta (1-16), chipped in with wickets as only 3 Vanuatu batsmen reached double figures. Vanuatu’s total was helped by 35 extras bowled by the Canadians in the field.

It was then left to Canada opener Nitish Kumar to continue his good form with the bat. Kumar made a brisk 48-ball 61 with seven boundaries and two sixes to help Canada overhaul the target in just 25.3 overs.

Kumar was yet again named the Man of the Match and was happy with the effort. “This pitch was flatter than the previous one. There was a bit of turn, but overall it came on to the bat very nicely. All credit to our bowlers for their spells. This win is a big boost to the team. We are now back on track. Everyone’s positive about it and the mood is great in the camp.

Canada has a game of massive importance tomorrow against Namibia. 

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