Canada's fill-in skipper Damodar Daesrath smashed a 104 ball century which included 7 boundaries and 6 sixes to help take Canada to a respectable 252 runs from 49 overs. Damodar replaced Canada's regular limited over captain, Rizwan Cheema, who was deemed unfit for play due to an undisclosed lower body injury.
Canada also received a usefull batting contribution from wicketkeeper batsman Ashish Bagai, returning to the international side for the first time since the 2011 Cricket World Cup, who notched a patient 56 runs from 101 balls.
Play was unfortunately haulted at the innings break due to heavy rain.
The 2013 Auty Cup series will conclude Sunday with a pair of T20's which will be broadcast by Rogers TV, Rogers Sports Plus and Sportsnet.ca.
T20 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Ruvindu Gunasekera's 97 ball 2nd innings century ensured that Canada would retain the Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup in what was the 71st installement of the historic two day contest between Canada and the USA.
On day 1 and after Cansda registered a 1st innings total of 229, USA head coach Robin Singh would've felt a first innings victory for his side possible as Canada probably fell a bit short of their desired total.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Canada, for their part, opened the day well on the back of a strong start from openers Ruvindu Gunasekera (72 from 164 balls) and Trevin Bastiampillai (55 from 91 balls). Although most of the middle order got starts, no one kicked on leaving some work for the lower order. A useful contribution from limited overs skipper Rizwan Cheema (31 from 57 balls) pushed the Canadian total to the defendable 1st innings score of 229.
Canada were able to capture the prized scalp of the dangerous Steven Taylor late on day 1 as the USA were 20-1 at the end of play.
Day 2 brought nervous optimisim in the Canadian camp as the bowlers backed themselves to retain the cup on a 1st innings lead. Although USA sat within sniffing distance mid way through the day at 134-5 with useful contributions from Timothy Surujbally (24 from 48), Ravi Timbawala (44 from 115) and Karan Ganesh (25 from 83), the Canadian bowling trio of Harvir Baidwan (3-27), Cecil Pervez (2-29), Salman Nazar (3-45) ensured that Canada would retain the Auty Cup.
With a first inninds lead of 45 runs, Canada set out to bat the balance of the match. Ruvindu Gunasekera smashed a not out 97 ball century that included 11 fours and 3 sixes to seal the match for Canada.
VENUE: MAPLE LEAF CC, KING CITY, ON
Although Canada improved marginally upon their batting performance vs Sri Lanka, the home Irish side proved too strong as they coasted to a 77 run victory in Group stage play of the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ireland amassed an imposing 146/7 in their 20 overs on the back of Clare Shillington's 61 ball 81 run performance. In reply Canada's Suthershini Sivanantham (14) and Durriya Shabbir (23) were the only Canadian batters to reach double figures as the Canadians struggled to 69 all out in 19.2 overs.
Canada will faceoff against Japan on Saturday to round out group stage play.
Canada and USA are fighting for a first innings lead on Day 2 of the Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup. Follow the match LIVE on CRICHQ.
Canada held advantage on day 1 of the Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup 2 day match at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Ruvindu Gunasekera (72 from 164 balls) and Trevin Bastiampillai (55 from 91 balls) owned the first part of the days play.
Play resumes at 11:00AM ET on Friday with the USA at 20-1 from 8.0 overs.
Cricket Canada national team head coach Gus Logie provides his thoughts ahead of the Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup that starts Thursday at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON.
"The upcoming Auty Cup presents us with the first of three opportunities to kick start our campaign to November's ICC World T20 Qualifiers in Dubai, by giving our players much needed competition against quality opposition.
Having the squad play together over the next few weeks will give us the bonding and playing time necessary to try different combinations and approaches that will give us the best chance of success during these games and beyond.
I want to challenge all players to take the next few weeks very seriously, focus on the job at hand, and keep your eyes on the prize of representing Canada with pride and consistent high performances."
- GUS LOGIE
It was a difficult day for Canada's National Women's team as they faced off against tournament favourties Sri Lanka in their opening match at the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier in Ireland.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Canadians were pegged back immediately and with regularity as opener Suthershini Savanantham (13) was the only batter to reach double figures.
At the close of the innings, Canada has only managed 44 runs from 17.5 overs, a target that was met easily by Sri Lanka, getting over the line in the 7th over for the loss of 1 wicket.
The match marked the first time Canada's Women have played in an ICC global qualifying tournament.
Prior to the match, former national team member and Women's head coach, George Codrington recognized that his team was nervously excited to be playing at this higher standard of competition and noted that the players were cognicent of the historical nature of the match and how it related to the future development of Women's cricket in Canada.
Looking ahead, Canada will look to shake off any opening day jitters when they take on home side Ireland on Thursday.
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Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the 2013 Teacher's Whiskey Auty Cup, July 25th - 28th vs the United States of America.
The series marks the opening to the Canadian cricket summer where Canada will host the USA, United Arab Emirates, and Netherlands.
Jimmy Hansra and Rizwan Cheema will again reprise shared captaincy duties while Ashish Bagai and Harvir Baidwan will see their first dose of international action since the the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Jimmy Hansra – Captain (2-Day Match)
Rizwan Cheema – Captain (Limited overs)