Sun, 10/02/2011

Despite the cold and wet weather, Ontario and BC clashed in the finals of the Cricket Canada National T20 league on Saturday. Frigid temperatures greeted both teams but a delayed start, broadcast live around the world on, saw temperatures creep towards double digits by mid afternoon. 

With poor weather looming for the afternoon and on Sunday both teams knew the series would come down to one game and with that in mind BC captain Jimmy Hansra put his team into bat first. 

Ontario's Henry Osinde and Jeremy Gordon, bowling quick under difficult conditions, hemmed the BC batsmen in and none of them got off to positives starts .  Gordon with 2 wickets  accounted for Balkiaz Khan (1) and Jason Sandher (32) and snuffed out any hope of a big score for the visitors. Tyrone Roberts (2-13) and Rizwan Cheema (1-13) were among the other wickets as BC was restricted to 85-7 in 20 overs. 

Ontario's openers Hiral Patel (28) and Khushroo Wadia (50) set about positively in the chase and though Patel fell late in the innings, the stage was set for a comprehensive Ontario victory. 

Rizwan Cheema was named man of the series for his heroics earlier in the week as Ontario were deservingly named 2011 T20 National League Champions


Recorded and generated by nxCricket-HD iPad App.


Match Date: Saturday 01 October 2011
Location: Mlcc
Balziaz Khan c Rizwan Cheema - Ont b Jeremy Gordon 1 5     20.00
Jason Sandher c Henry Osinde b Jeremy Gordon 32 45 3   71.11
Gaurav Kumar. b Rizwan Cheema - Ont 10 13     76.92
Jimmy Hansra -BC b Tyrone Roberts 3 8     37.50
Jawad Dawood not out 14 19 1   73.68
Gagan Dhillon c Rizwan Cheema - Ont b Tyrone Roberts 3 6     50.00
Jonathon Snow not out 15 24 1   62.50
Rashid Masood            
Manny Aulakh            
Awais Ahmed            
TOTAL EXTRAS: 7 (4wd 0nb 2lb 1b) 85  
Fall Of Wicket
WICKET 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SCORE 6 31 37 46 68          
OUT Balziaz Khan Gaurav Kumar. Jimmy Hansra -BC Gagan Dhillon Jason Sandher          
OVER 1.4 6.2 8.5 10.2 15.6          
NOT OUT Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jonathon Snow          
PARTNERSHIP 6 25 6 9 22          
Henry Osinde 4 0 16 0 4.00 1wd
Jeremy Gordon 4 0 18 2 4.50 2wd
Rizwan Cheema - Ont 4 0 17 1 4.25  
Junaid Sidique 4 0 18 0 4.50  
Tyrone Roberts 4 0 13 2 3.25 1wd
Over by Over details
1 4 0 Henry Osinde 1 2 . . . 1wd .
2 8 1 Jeremy Gordon . . 2lb W 1wd 1 .
3 12 1 Henry Osinde 1 . 1 . 1 1
4 21 1 Jeremy Gordon 4 1 . 1 1 1wd 1
5 28 1 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 1 1 4 . .
6 31 1 Junaid Sidique 2 1 . . . .
7 32 2 Rizwan Cheema - Ont . W 1 . . .
8 36 2 Junaid Sidique 1 1 . 1 1 .
9 37 3 Tyrone Roberts . 1 . . W .
10 43 3 Junaid Sidique 1 . . 1 . 4
11 47 4 Tyrone Roberts 1wd 2 W . . 1 .
12 52 4 Junaid Sidique 2 1 1 1 . .
13 56 4 Tyrone Roberts 1 . 1 . 1 1
14 60 4 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 1 1 . . 1
15 64 4 Tyrone Roberts . . . . . 4
16 68 5 Jeremy Gordon 1 1 . 1by 1 W
17 75 5 Henry Osinde 1 2 4 . . .
18 79 5 Jeremy Gordon 1 . . 2 1 .
19 80 5 Henry Osinde . . . . 1 .
20 85 5 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 . 2 1 1 .

ONTARIO innings
ONTARIO (12.0 overs)
Rizwan Cheema - Ont            
Henry Osinde            
Jeremy Gordon            
Junaid Sidique            
Tyrone Roberts            
Khushroo Wadia not out 50 34 3 4 147.06
Hiral Patel - Ont c Gaurav Kumar. b Rashid Masood 28 24 4 1 116.67
Ruvindu Gunesekera not out 8 14     57.14
TOTAL EXTRAS: 2 (2wd 0nb 0lb 0b) 88  
Fall Of Wicket
WICKET 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SCORE 58                  
OUT Hiral Patel - Ont                  
OVER 7.5                  
NOT OUT Khushroo Wadia                  
PARTNERSHIP 58                  
Gagan Dhillon 3 0 19 0 6.33 1wd
Jimmy Hansra -BC 1 0 11 0 11.00  
Rashid Masood 4 0 33 1 8.25 1wd
Manny Aulakh 3 0 14 0 4.67  
Awais Ahmed 1 0 11 0 11.00  
Over by Over details
1 5 0 Gagan Dhillon 1 . . 1 1wd 1 1
2 16 0 Jimmy Hansra -BC . 6 1 . 4 .
3 18 0 Gagan Dhillon . 1 1 . . .
4 22 0 Rashid Masood . . . 4 . .
5 34 0 Gagan Dhillon 4 . 1 . 1 6
6 40 0 Rashid Masood . . 1 . 1 4
7 48 0 Manny Aulakh 4 . . 2 1 1
8 59 1 Rashid Masood . . 6 4 W 1wd .
9 64 1 Manny Aulakh 1 1 2 . . 1
10 76 1 Rashid Masood . 6 1 1 4 .
11 77 1 Manny Aulakh . . . . 1 .
12 88 1 Awais Ahmed 1 . 1 1 2 6


Thu, 09/29/2011

After a long summer, the National T20 League comes to a close with the best of 3 finals between Ontario and British Columbia being played Saturday October 1st – Sunday October 2nd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario.  

BC, having qualified by winning the west regional in August in Edmonton, are led by Canadian team Captain Jimmy Hansra and u19 and senior player Manny Aulakh.  

Ontario defeated Atlantic winners Quebec in the East regional and feature 12 of their 14 man squad who have played for Canada.  

The best of three final starts on Saturday with two matches and concludes with the  3rd T20 on Sunday. The matches are slated to start at 1100a.

Full schedule

Thursday September 29th 10:30 AM Eastern 1st 50 Over
BC vs. Ontario - Ontario won by 30 runs D/L

Saturday October 1st 11:00 AM Eastern 1st T20 
Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Saturday October 1st 2:30 PM Eastern 
2nd T20 Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Sunday October 2nd, 11:00 AM Eastern
3rd T20 Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Cricket Canada has partnered with to show both of Saturday’s matches live here on  

Ontario Squad:  

Rizwan Cheema – Captain 
Hiral  Patel Vice-Captain  

Ruvindu Gunasekera , Usman Limbada, Durrand Sorraine, Jeremy Gordon,  Satsmiranjit Singh Dhindsa, Tyron Roberts, Junaid Siddiqui, Kushroo Wadia, Saad Bin Nazar, Afzal Deane, Rustam Bhatti, Henry Osinde  

Manager: Kris Sawh
Coach: Mukesh Narula      

BC Squad:  

Amabir (Jimmy) Hansra - Captain  

Jason Sandher, Awais Ahmed, Rashid Masood, Balqiaz Khan, Gagan Dhillon, Gaurav Kumar, Manny Aulaka, Sunny Gainder, Umer Nawaz, Gurpreet Grewal, Riaz Afridi, Jonathan Snow, Jawad Dawood  

Manager/Coach  : Mohammed Israfil  

Wed, 09/28/2011

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Australian, Michael Dighton, to the position of National Coach.

Dighton, the former Tasmanian batsmen, is a veteran of over 60 First Class Australian domestic matches scoring over 4000runs, and recently assisted Netherlands at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in South Asia.  Michael has also had coaching stints as head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad and the batting coach of the Tasmania u23 side.

As an overseas player, Dighton has also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire, & Netherlands in the ECB’s pro-40 competition.

Vimal Hardat, Cricket Canada’s Vice-President was excited to make the announcement from Toronto this morning.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Michael's background on board to direct our drive to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and restore our position as one of the top Associate Cricket Nations. Michaels drive and determination to succeed will be a welcome addition to our programs and we look forward to him joining us."

Dighton for his part was upbeat and looking forward to the challenge following his arrival in Canada this morning,

“I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on. I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making…”

Cricket Canada will make Michael available for media opportunities from Wednesday September 28th – Sunday October 1st. Please contact for media requests.

Wed, 09/28/2011


GOCRICKETGOCANADA.COMsat down with Michael Dighton to find out more about his cricket background, how he plans to adjust to a Canadian lifestyle, and what follower’s of Cricket Canada can expect to see from the national team in the coming years.





Q. Michael, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us.  A lot of folks in Canada will be wondering exactly who is Michael Dighton. Can you tell us a bit about your cricketing background?


A. I would describe myself as a cricketing gypsy and the trend continues in this exciting opportunity as Canada’s National Coach. I grew up in Perth, Western Australia and made my first class debut for WA aged 21 in the 97/98 season as a top order right handed batsman. Teammates included Tom Moody, Justin Langer (who played for the same club side, Scarborough CC), Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist and Brendan Julian. I played 12 first class games and 8 list A games from the 97/98 season through to the 2000/2001 season.  I struggled to play regularly due to the fact that many of the above were still playing for WA at that time.


In 2001, I was approached to play for Tasmania where I would play until the end of the 2009/2010 season, playing 50 first class games, 90 list A games and 16 t20 matches. My career highlight was playing in the first Tasmanian side to win the Sheffield Shield domestic first class competition.


I also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire and the Netherlands (as overseas player in the English Pro40 competition). I played club cricket for Scarborough in WA, North Hobart in Tasmania as well as for clubs in England, Scotland and the Netherlands.


My coaching experiences include;

·         Assistant coach (batting) for the Netherlands at the 2011 WC

·         Head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad

·         Batting coach of the Tasmanian u23s team

·         Captain/Coach of various club teams at home and abroad


Q. Canada is a long way from Australia and despite our long association with John Davison, many Aussies may not have heard of Canada playing cricket.


A. I know that cricket is a popular sport throughout the country and that there is an abundance of young talent that I am very much looking forward to seeing in action and working with! I know that there is also a rich history and tradition of cricket in Canada




Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing you as you take over this team.


A. The logistical issue springs to mind. Canada is a big country; much like Australia and my initial time will be spent getting a feel for how the players train without having a central training base as such.


Q. What are you most looking forward to about living in Canada.


A. A big traditional Canadian breakfast with plenty of Maple Syrup! I also can’t wait to go to an Ice hockey game as I am told that the atmosphere is electric! I would also love to spend some time in the Canadian wilderness when time permits and I love my fishing, so trying to land a big Atlantic Salmon or ice fishing will be high on my to do list! I have never been skiing either and I am looking forward to having a crack at it.


Q. Obviously being a new coach, you will want to quickly put your unique stamp on the team. What is that going to look like?


A. My focus will be on continual improvement. It provides a fantastic theme and environment in which to work if everyone is looking to become the best cricketer they can possibly be for the good of the team. The players need to be honest with themselves and with one another in an appropriate way and respect what each individual brings to the team.  I want the team to be more consistent on a day to day basis which is a challenge at associate level due to varying circumstances but cannot be used an excuse. I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on. I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making, because at the end of the day we are in the entertainment business.


Q. Finally, the thing that vexes everyone who moves here…are you looking forward to the Canadian Winter


A. Scares the living daylights out of me! My wife grew up 2 hours north of Chicago and has given me some ideas on what to expect and it sounds interesting. I am very much looking forward to my first white Christmas and the distinct changes to the seasons, something we don’t really get here in Australia

Thanks Michael, we wish you the best of luck!


Mon, 09/26/2011

With the succesful completion of the Cricket Canada/ICC level 1 coaching course in Toronto, Cricket Canada is pleased to annouce the undertaking of  another vital iniative outlined in the 2011-2013 strategic plan. The Cricket Canada Umpiring benchmarking program commences this week with Canada's top umpires assembling in Toronto.   With the active support of the West Indies Cricket Board, this project will be completed during the 2011 National League T20 Championship Final being contested between Ontario and BC. 

Mr. Goaland Greaves, senior umpiring panel member and assesor from WI has been appointed by WICB for this assesment.  During the tournament, Mr. Greaves will provide an assessment of Cricket Canada's umpires and umpiring systems. Cricket Canada will use this information and Mr. Greave's assistance to develop Cricket Canada' elite panel of umpires and standardized umpiring program. 
6 umpires, all holding Cricket Canada Level 3 umpiring certification will stand in the National League T20 final and will be benchmarked against the same criteria that Mr. Greaves uses to train and evaluate the umpires from the West Indies.  The successful umpires shall also play a pivotal role in providing training and assessments of umpires in different regions of the country and help increase the umpiring standards throughout the country.
Cricket Canada will follow up with activities during the upcoming winter and will offer several courses through out the country to bring excellence, uniformity and equality in umpiring standards. The umpiring assessments and up-grading system will be implemented to ensure that Canadian umpires remain current and competent in all parts of the country.
Sun, 09/25/2011

Cricket Canada’s domestic season is coming to and end across the country as league and provincial finals continue to be played in many leagues.


On Saturday, Meraloma’s Cricket Club defeated United Victoria Cricket Club by seven wickets.  United CC batted first and made 156, which Meraloma’s chased down for the loss of 3 wickets. Jon Snow (38*) and Dave McGowan (43) led the way for the BCMCL Champions. Meraloma’s are the Cricket BC champions and will represent BC in the 2012 John Ross Robertson Competition. <SCORECARD>


On Sunday, in a match webcast live across the country, PCB Stallion’s defeated Centurions Cricket Club by 19 runs to with the TDCA Elite division compeition. Batting first, the Stallions were led by Usman Limbada who helped carry them to 208 from 50 overs. In reply, Centurion’s kept the chase close before running out of steam in the final overs to come up just short. 

Wed, 09/21/2011

Cricket Canada is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic CEO to lead the organization in accordance with the 2011-2013 Cricket Canada Strategic plan. The posting closes October 17th for this exciting position.

Please see below for more details.


Thu, 09/15/2011

Calling all coaches...

Cricket Canada is looking for motivated, passionate and skilled cricketers with a keen interest in coaching to puruse the goals laid out in the 2011 Strategic plan. 

Cricket Canada, in association wtih ICC America's will be offering the ICC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Certification Course in Toronto September 23-25th, 2011. 

The offering is the first in a series of initiatives to support Cricket Canada's strategic plan that was released earlier this year. Cricket Canada will be looking to certify as many coaches across Canada on an annual basis. In 2012, the Level 2 course will be offered in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board benchmarking Cricket Canada's courses against a top FM international standard.

Positions are being offered in the first course to provinces on the basis of georgraphic and demographic criteria. In accordance with Cricket Canada's goal's laid out in the strategic plan, 6 regional and 20 area coaches will be certified to support and train regional squads in all of our programs. 

In 2012 Cricket Canada's selectors will also be certfied to level 2 in accordance wtih the strategic plans selection criteria and the entire senior selection panel will also partake in this course. 

Cricket Canada is currently in the process of engaging an expert to develop Cricket Canada coaching system that will achieve NCCP and ICC approval. A common curriculum will be developed for Cricket Canada coaches to follow and a process for approved academy certification will also be introduced. Persons participating in the current course would need to take required NCCP courses thru their local coaching association in the Province of their residence.

Candidates with proven cricket credentials and a keen interest in pursuing cricket coaching are encouraged to apply. Should positions not be available for the upcoming course,  candidates will be wait-listed for the next set of courses to be offered in the coming months.


Thu, 09/15/2011

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the dates and format for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in 2012 that will be held in UAE.

The tournament will be held 13-24 March 2012 utilizing five grounds in the country. (Dubai International Cricket Stadium, ICC Global Cricket Academy Ovals 1 and 2, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)

The tournament format will be as follows :

- Two groups of eight, each team playing each team in their group once
- The top 3 teams in each group will progress to the second round
- The group winners will play each other in a group final which will see the winner of that match qualify for the 2012 T20 CWC. The loser moves into the qualifying final
- The second and third teams in each group cross over wiht the winners meeting in a Preliminary Final.
- The winner for the preliminary final plays the loser of the qualifying final with that match winner moving through to the 2012 T20 CWC

Tue, 09/13/2011

With sadness, Cricket Canada regrets to inform that former Canadian Captain Cecil Marshall passed away this week. 
Below is the announcement as posted in the local newspaper. 

Died peacefully at his home, after a prolonged illness, on Saturday 10th in the care and comfort of his family. He is survived by his 3 children Kathleen Callender, Lisa Marshall and Dr. Peter Marshall, sons in law Andrew Callender and John Bedward, daughter in law Tia Marshall and grand children Matthew Callender, Makenna Marshall and Alyssa and Aliyah Moore and former wife Helen Prince. Cecil's brothers Lennard and Desmond Marshall, sisters Ena Griffith, Yvonne West, Mavis Marshall-Adedeji and Bernice Marshall including several treasured nieces and nephews also mourn his passing.The family is eternally grateful to the many caring friends who contributed to keeping Cecil comfortable,offered kinds words and support, during what was a very difficult time, these include Merle Solomon (Mother of Dr. Peter Marshall) and Pascale Gareau. Cecil is best remembered for his love, passion and dedication to cricket, a game that brought him immense joy and one he had a mastery of and could recall key cricketing milestones and achievements with ease. His fondest memories include representing Canada at the Prudential Cup in 1979, captaining the Canadian team at ICC tournament in England seeing Brian Lara achieve his world test record and anticipating the summer cricket season at the Governor Generals ground in Ottawa for his club. Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday September 14th at 11:00am at the Good Shepherd Church, 3092 Innes Road, Gloucester. Immediately followed by an internment in Montreal at the Mount Royal Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at