Sun, 08/28/2011

The organizers pulled off a successful weekend of the National League T20 (Western Division) at lovely, aesthetic Victoria Park, Edmonton (Aug. 27/28).  Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia were the participating provinces.  The late-summer weather was ideal for the tournament with temperature hovering around 26  throughout and clear, blue skies all around.

The weekend saw high-level competition, exceptional athleticism and hard-hitting cricket. Three national selectors were on hand (Angus Melder, Keith Deonarine and Chris James), scouting new talents and they may have found a few. Also in attendance were national analyst Rathan Moorthy, Cricket Alberta president Manzoor Chaudhary, Edmonton and District Cricket League president, George Robinson, National Umpire Coordinator, Ken Patel, and a host of others.

The tournament final was, for all intents and purposes, a showdown between old rivals Alberta and British Columbia, featuring many fine national stars like Hamza Tariq, Khurram Chohan and Jimmy Hansra as well as Tyson Gordon and Grant Broadhurst. In the final match, Alberta won the toss and elected to bat first and after scoring at torrid pace in excess of 10 runs an over in the first 4, slowed considerably to manage a paltry 128 in their allotted 18 overs (matches reduced to save time as some players had to catch a plane ride home).

BC knocked off the target with relative ease in only 13.2 overs. Man-of-the Match and Man-of-the Series, Gagan Dhillon (66), made the Alberta attack look like a walk in the Park. Towering sixes were hit all over the ground. It was a rare treat for the many fans present. B C will now travel to Toronto for the national championship in September. Alberta were clearly disappointed with their effort on this day.

Match Referee Angus Melder managed the proceedings with verve, professionalism and aplomb. George Robinson worked tirelessly and many long hours (in the run-up to, and during, the tournament) to get the ground, the food and other logistics in place. Anil Velji was the lone scorer and did a very good job keeping an accurate account of the stats.

The umpiring standard was outstanding, and the correct decisions adjudicated at 97.5 percentile. The roster included Hafeez Rehman, Dilip Pachigar, Sanjeev Kad and Ron Saywack, some of the best in Canada. There were no major incidents and the players were highly appreciative of the effort the men in red and black put in.


  1. The players also relished batting on the new VP strip and look forward to returning in the future;
  2. Gaurav Kumar (BC) made an impression with the bat and could be on the Canadian squad soon.
  3. Edmonton, as always, were great accommodating hosts.
  4. Canada u19 player Sudeepta Aurka was named runner up for Player of the Series.
  5. This was the first Cricket Canada event held outside of Ontario that was played on turf.
Sat, 08/27/2011

The Western Division of the national T20 gets underway this morning in Edmonton. 

Canadian skipper Jimmy Hansra headlines the list of national stars in the tournament that includes Tyson Gordon, Khurram Chohan, Hamza Tariq, Zeeshan Siddiqui and u19 players Maninder Aulakh and Sudeepta Aurka.

Manitoba 116-6 defeats Saskatchewan 115-9

Alberta 64-1 defeats Saskatchewan 63

BC 89-3 defeats Manitoba 88-7

Alberta 1 1 0 0 0 2
BC 1 1 0 0 0 2
Manitoba 2 1 1 0 0 2
SK 2 0 2 0 0 0


Fri, 08/26/2011

Canada lose a narrow one to Bermuda leaving USA to win the tournament on net run rate. 

Fri, 08/26/2011

Cricket Alberta will host the inaugural Western Division of Cricket Canada’s NATIONAL LEAGUE T20 this weekend (August 27th & 28th) at picturesque Victoria Park. 

This new look Inter-Provincial western series of six (6) matches played between Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan will take place on the VP’s newly minted turf.

The natural turf at Edmonton’s Victoria Park is the first outside of Ontario and one of three facility development projects by Cricket Canada.  Projects in Winnipeg and Abbotsford are expected to begin construction in the near future.

The NATIONAL LEAGUE structure has four components:  The Atlantic Division was a regional qualifier conducted in Halifax from June 10th – 12th between Nova Scotia, Newbrunswick, Newfoundland, PEI, & Quebec with Quebec being the eventual winners.   

Quebec then hosted Ontario in the Eastern Division final which was won convincingly by Ontario.  The NATIONAL LEAGUE FINAL will be held on October 1st in Toronto between Ontario and winner of the Western Division.

Cricket Canada’s 1st VP, Ravin Moorthy, was buoyant on the potential long term success of the series.

“We are pleased to have conducted this tournament in 2011 despite a very tight domestic budget.  This was only possible with the commitment of all of our member organizations.  The long term vision, as discussed at Cricket Canada’s AGM earlier this year, is to include all three formats of the game into the NATIONAL LEAGUE and set the basis for Canada’s domestic structure.”

Match coverage will be provide on via Cover it Live, and match updates and scorecards on Cricinfo.

The Western Division will feature the top players in Western Canada with 11 national players (Senior, Junior, & Canada A) taking part.


Saturday August 27th

Manitoba vs Saskatchewan | 10am
Saskatchewan vs Alberta | 1pm
British Columbia vs Manitoba | 4pm

Sunday August 28th

Saskatchewan vs British Columbia | 8:30am
Alberta vs Manitoba | 11:30am
Alberta vs British Columbia | 2:30pm



Khurram Chohan (Captain), Tyson Gordon (V.Captain), Hamza Tariq, Grant Broadhurst, Parveen Saroye, Shehzad Bashir, Sudeepta Aurka, Umar Kahloon, Abdul Sattar, Yawar Abbas, Wahid Noori, Khurram Abbas, Zain Ahmed, Zahid Chaudhry, Farhan Pervez. Manager – Adnan Kirmani, Coach – Rathan Moorthy.


Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra (Captain), Manrick Singh, Balqiaz Khan, Jawad Dawood, Gagan Dhillon, Jason Sandher, Awais Ahmed, Rashid Masood, Gaurav Kumar, Riaz Afridi, Maninderjit (Manny) Aulakh, Sunny Gainder,Umer Nawaz. Manager – Akhtar Nawaz.


Sampath Wijewardana, Heera Khasla, Joeseph Lovelace, Ahadullah Khojazada, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Akhlas Umar, Jagjit Gurm, Inderjit Sodha, Jatinder Matharu, Suresh Jayaraman, Trevor Manoosingh, Sidney Roberts, Harpreet Manes. Manager – Ron Dipchand.


Iftekhar Kalyar (Captain), Mustaf Rashid, Harry Sandhu, Parag Singh, Shahid Latif, Asif Mulla, Saadi Ahmad, Simran Dosanjh, Sarabjit Kundhi, Narinder Bhandal, Armin Madahar, Harmohan Bajwa, Gurjit Singh Teja, Manager - Mike Sharma.

Thu, 08/25/2011

After an inauspicious start, Canada has vaulted into a great position heading into the final match of the ICC America's u15 T20 Tournament in Winnipeg

Final Scorecard - UNOFFICIAL

CanadaU15 VS USA U15
Sunday August 25 2011
Assiniboine Park Cricket Ground, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


1 Thakar c Makin b Parikh 2/8
2 K Ramdath c Mogalayapalli b Athavale 43/64
3 Dickson run out Singh/Makin 25/49
4 Senathirajah b Altekar 33/33
5 Ferdinands run out Patel/Makin 12/24
6 Khan c Athavale b Singh 30/37
7 Patel c Mogalayapalli b Parikh 17/18
8 Adihetly run out Singh 0/0
9 Atwal not out 6/5
10 Singh c Altekar b Singh 0/2
11 Hart not out 0/0 

FOW 5-1,75-2,77-3,113-5,129-4,164-7,165-8,180-6,180-9

Extras w12 b1 13

Total 181 for 9 from 40 overs


1 Parikh 8-0-2-29
2 Bhise 8-0-0-32
3 Srinivas 8-1-0-25
4 Altekar 5-0-1-41
5 Athavale 6-0-1-39
6 Singh 5-0-2-14


1 Singh c Senathirajah b Ramdath 21/35
2 Gobin stumped Singh b Adihetly 28/70
3 Tagare c Hart b Ramdath 0/4
4 Altekar c Hart b Ferdinands 48/51
5 Parikh c Senathirajah b Ferdinands 17/24
6 Makin c Thakar b Ferdinands 1/6
7 Patel c Hart b Ferdinands 10/17
8 Mogalayapalli run out Thakar/Adihelty 5/5
9 Athavale c Hart b Ferdinands 8/15
10 Bhise c Singh b Khan 2/11
11 Srinivas not out 1/1


1 Senathirajah 2-0-0-20
2 Abraash Khan 6.4-0-1-21
3 Atwal 6-1-0-8
4 Ferdinands 8-2-5-36
5 Ramdath 6-1-2-25
6 Adihetly 8-1-1-30
7 Patel 3-0-0-14

Wed, 08/24/2011

Bermuda Batting
1 Commissiong run out Athavale/Makin 17/58 
2 Smith lbw b Bhise 1/3
3 Rawlins c Altekar b Narayan 39/64 
4 Dore lbw b Athivale 24/41
5 Darrell lbw b Dat 0/5 
6 6 Bean-Wilson run out Mogalayapalli/Makin 

7 Bell c Mogalayapalli b Bhise 37/21
8 Gibbons-Wade not out 23/11
9 Perozzi not out 0/3
10 Liyanage DNB
11 Outerbridge DNB

Extras w30 b10 lb2 - 42
Total 213 for 7 40 overs

FOW 8-2, 82-1, 82-3, 84-5, 143-4,147-6,211-7

USA Bowling
1 Bhise 7-2-2-30
2 Parikh 8-0-0-16
3 Altekar 4-0-0-23
4 Athivale 8-0-1-54
5 Narayan 6-1-1-31
6 Dat 5-0-1-24
7 Singh 1-0-0-6
8 Mogalayapalli 1-0-0-17

USA Batting
1 Singh b Liyanage 6/20
2 Gobin c Bean-Wilson b Gibbons-Wade 22/38
3 Tagare c Bean-Wilson b Gibbons-Wade 13/17
4 Altekar lbw b Liyanage 26/36
5 Parikh lbw b Gibbons-Wade 5/10
6 Makin b Gibbons-Wade 65/66
7 Mogalayapalli run out Dore/Rawlins 5/13
8 Dat c Bean-Wilson b Gibbons-Wade 2/8
9 Athavale not out 6/5
10 Bhise b Darrell 2/5
11 Narayan run out Smith 0/0

Extras w31 nb1 b0 lb5 - 37

Total 189 for 10 from 36.2 overs

FOW 22-1,56-2,65-3,76-5,135-4,160-7,179-8,180-6,185-10, 189-11 

Bermuda Bowling
1 Outerbridge 5-0-0-24
2 Liyanage 7-0-2-41
3 Perozzi 4.2-0-0-35
4 Gibbons-Wade 8-1-5-35
5 Rawlins 8-0-0-26
6 Dore 1-0-0-8
7 Darrell 3-0-1-16


Sat, 08/20/2011

One of the loveliest aspects of Newfoundland is its relaxed pace of life. Much like Inzamam-ul-Haq between the wickets, things rarely move in a hurry. For worse as well as better, though, it can sometimes feel like you're living a couple of decades out of sync with the rest of the world. City-wide recycling only came to St John's last year, while there aren't cycle lanes yet. And as cyclists and recyclists are much more numerous than cricketers, it seems risky to expect the local authorities to jump on our bandwagon with wild abandon.

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.
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.


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).


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

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. 




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