After an opening ceremony which was attended by the Minister of Sport Honourable Bal Gosal, CCO President Praim Persaud, Cricket Canada General Manager & other members of the cricketing fraternity, play got on the way in the 2014 Cricket Canada U17 Canada Cup. ATN was also on hand to cover the opening ceremony and opening day matches.
Matches on Day 1 were Ontario ‘Reds’ v Alberta and Ontario ‘Greens’ v British Columbia. Airport closure in Winnipeg meant a late arrival of the contingent from Manitoba therefore rescheduling of the matches was necessary.
At Centennial Park Ground-A Ontario ‘Reds won the toss, decided to bowl first and they were not let down as their bowlers helped to set up a huge 9 wicket win over Alberta. There was little resistance from the Alberta batsmen who were eventually bundled out for 33 runs in 26.3 overs. None of the Alberta batsmen managed to reach double figures as the high score in their inning was 18 extras.
Sidhu finished with 3 for 0 off 3.3 overs and the other wickets for Ontario ‘Reds’ were shared with Abraash Khan, Wijayaraj and Patel getting 2 each and 1 to Ramdath.
Ontario ‘Reds reached their target of 34 in 7.1 overs for the loss of Arsalan Khan who scored 9. The not out batsmen were Anantharajah 15 and Abraash Khan 5.
In the other match played at Centennial Park Ground-B, Ontario ‘Greens’ secured a 77 runs win over British Columbia. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Ontario ‘Greens’ scored 190 all out in their allotted 50 overs. The foundation for their inning was a solid half century by the captain, Thakkar who was eventually caught for 58. Other good scores came from Gill 36 and R Sidhu 28.
The wickets for British Columbia were shared with Nishar, Razique and Vethanayagam getting 2 each with 1 each to Devraj, Bhagat and Schulz-Franco.
British Columbia in reply scored 113 all out with top score of 25 not out coming from Benjamin. Other batsmen getting to double figures were Khan 17, Searle-Romeo 12 and Razique 12.
Gill was the pick of the Ontario ‘Greens’ bowlers with 4 for 26 from 10 overs. There were 2 wickets each for Irfan and Patel.
Matches can be followed online at CricHQ