Cricket Canada has paid tribute to longtime Centurion Cricket Club stalwart and Toronto & District League Board Member, Wijay Senathirajah, who passed away on Tuesday August 16, 2022. He was 59.
Wijay Senathirajah was one of the initial members of the Centurions Cricket Club which was founded in 1987. Centurion’s teams have been active participants in the Toronto & District League’s competitions since the Club was formed, winning several Division titles in the process. Wijay also became a Toronto & District League Board Member in the early nineties and served with distinction in that capacity throughout the three-plus decades that have passed since then.
He also had active administrative roles at both the Provincial (Cricket Ontario) and National (Cricket Canada) levels. He served extensively as Manager of the Canadian National U19 teams from 2010 – 2020, the activities of which included participation at the ICC’s bi-annual World Cups for that age level. He was also appointed as Manager of the Canadian National Men’s Senior Team during 2019.
One of the many highlights of Wijay’s outstanding cricket administration career was his appointment as Team Manager of the Montreal Tigers for the 2018 and 2019 Inaugural and second seasons of the Canadian-hosted, world-recognized, Global T20 (GT20) tournament.
“Wijay was a loyal son and self-less servant of Canadian cricket. He had a tremendous love of the game, and a profound knowledge of its administrative needs. Heepitomized the values of cricket both off and on the field and was an outstanding ambassador for the sport. At the Club, League, Provincial and National levels as an administrator and team manager, he demonstrated his ongoing love for the game by his vision and dedication. Wijay’s legacy is, therefore, one of service and dedication to Canadian cricket. On behalf of myself, Cricket Canada’s Board of Directors and our entire Canadian cricket community, I hereby extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Canada’s David Liverman has been recognized, posthumously, as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 2022 Long Service Award Recipient. The announcement was made during the ICC’s 2022 Annual General Meeting which was held recently in Birmingham, England. The Award which honors an individual’s commitment to cricket as exemplified by over twenty-years of service was presented, posthumously, to David Liverman in recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to Canadian cricket’s growth and development. It was received on behalf of Liverman’s surviving relatives by Cricket Canada’s President Rashpal Bajwa during the ICC’s AGM.
David Liverman succumbed to cancer on Saturday, January 29, 2022. He was a long-standing highly respected cricket administrator who played a major role in the development of cricket at all levels across Canada. Mr. Liverman was also a leading figure in the development and promotion of cricket in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was a founding member of Cricket Newfoundland and had also served with distinction as its President from 2017 - 2019.
David Liverman served as Cricket Canada’s Vice President from July 2019 to May 2021. He was specifically responsible for the organization’s governance during his term of office. His duties, which he fulfilled at all times with highly commendable competence, included ensuring that Cricket Canada’s policies and procedures were in full compliance with the expectations of both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Sports Canada. He made sure that Cricket Canada’s established policies provided clear guidance to the Board and its Provincial Member Associations, as to the proper procedures in areas such as team selections and coaching appointments among others.
At the time of his passing Cricket Canada’s President, Rashpal Bajwa, had paid a glowing tribute to David Liverman on behalf of himself, his Board of Directors and the entire Canadian cricket community.
“David was a loyal son and self-less servant of Canadian cricket. He had a tremendous love of the game, and a profound knowledge of its administrative needs. His service to cricket in Newfoundland & Labrador was especially innovative and impactful. He will now also be remembered for his outstanding contributions to the development of Cricket Canada’s Strategic Plan, as well as the changes that have been made to its governance structure for the betterment of the sport within all of Canada! Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa said.
Super Over Win Leads Prairies To Championship Title Ahead Of Ontario Fire!
Prairies emerged as the 2022 Canadian National T20 Women’s Champions, thanks to a super over victory against Ontario Fire after the teams had played to a tie in their final round robin encounter of the five-day tournament, all matches for which were played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. In a super exciting seesaw eight and final tournament match for both teams, Ontario Fire just barely failed to maintain is unbeaten run, managing only to tie the Prairies posted score of 130/7 in the last over of their allocated twenty. It was a shortcoming for which Ontario Fire eventually paid the ultimate price as the Prairies comfortably won the ensuing super over, easily surpassing the 12 runs they had been set victory by their host province opponents who up until then had played unbeaten throughout the championships. Prairies emerged as tournament champions, thanks to a superior net run rate after both teams had ended the round-robin play with identical 7-1 win-loss records.
Batting first in the tournament’s deciding last match, Prairies had posted a challenging 130/6 in its 20 overs. The Kaurs, Amarpal (43) and Arunimaa (31) were once again among the runs, while Prairies’ tournament leading run-scorers Divya Saxena (22) and Danielle McGahey (19) were most atypically merely modest contributors. For Ontario Fire, Skipper Hiba Shamshad had the best bowling figures of 2/16-3, while Vandana Mahajan took 2/27 from her four overs.
Chasing 131 for a victory which would have maintained their unbeaten perfect win-loss record and by so doing also provided outright championship title honors, Ontario Fire’s batters faltered, losing wickets at crucial stages of their innings. Opener Rhea Misra was at her very best superbly piloting the innings in scoring 73 off of only 54 balls. She was, however, senselessly run out attempting a second run off the fifth ball of the final over, when at that stage only three more runs were needed for victory. As it was Ontario Fire’s eight-wicket pair of Kainat Qazi (5) and Srishti Raha (1) managed to get only one of the two runs that were required to secure the win from the last ball of the twentieth over. The match thereby ending in a tie with the scores of both teams level on 130.
In the deciding Super Over, Ontario Fire perhaps blundered choosing to send Vandana Mahajan to open instead of Terisha Bess Lavia. Mahajan lasted only one ball as she was dismissed caught behind by McGahey without scoring off Amarpal Kaur’s bowling. At the end of the over Lavia and Achini Perera were both not out on 5 in Ontario Fire’s posted total of 12.
McGahey struck successive fours of the first two balls of Vandana Mahajan’s bowling to get the Prairies response off to most positive start. She then combined with Amarpal Kaur to comfortably take five singles from the remaining four to easily secure the 13 runs needed for Prairies to clinch the title to the delight of their teammates and to the abject disappointment of all of the host Province Ontario Heat’s management staff and supporters.
Ontario Fire 12/1-1. Achini Perera 5, Terisha Bess Lavia 5/
Prairies 13/0-1. Danielle McGahey 12.
Prairies won the Super Over.
Earlier in the day, the tournament’s final matches had gotten off to a sedate start that was far removed from all the tied scores and super overs drama that was to follow. Co-hosts Ontario Heat started Day Five with a comfortable eight-wickets win over points table cellar-dwellers Atlantic Canada. Ontario Heat’s batters encountered no challenges whatsoever in easily overhauling Atlantic Canada’s posed first-strike, twenty overs, total of 68/8 for which there were only two double-digit scores. Alex Lussier (18) and Rey Blais (13) were the only batters to reach double-figures.
Bowling for Ontario Heat, Skipper Saniyah Zia led from the front with figures of 3/2-2. In support, Rabbyjot Rajput once again defied her youthful age to post impressive figures of 3/15-4 as Ontario Fire’s second most successful bowler.
Rajput’s returns took her tournament wickets tally to eleven just three behind Sonali Vig’s fourteen as the highest wicket-taker. For someone that young, the fourteen-year-old Rajput’s tournament performance was as impressive as it was encouraging. She has definitely placed her marker and staked a claim for Canadian National Women’s Senior team selection in the very near and foreseeable future.
Sunita Dinakar (20) and Habeeba Bader (13) were the top scorers as Ontario Heat easily surpassed the 69 runs victory target they had been set by Atlantic Canada. Only 8.2 overs were required by Ontario Heat’s batters to achieve their victory.
Atlantic Canada 68/8-20 Ovrs. Alex Lussier 18, Rey Blais 13. Sanjiyah Zia 3/2-2, Rabbyjot Rajput 3/15-4.
British Columbia (BC) almost derailed the Prairies championship title hopes, losing narrowly by just two wickets when the two teams met in the second opening match of the fifth and final day. Excellent bowling by Pahul Pannu 3/14-4 and Amarpal Kaur 2/5-3, restricted BC to a posted first-strike twenty overs total of 84/7 that was highlighted by Mukwhinder Gill’s forty-four balls 45.
That hardly seemed to be that much of challenge for Prairies very strong batting. Their batters, however, struggled surprisingly in reply posting 89/8 off 12.3 overs. Between them Divya Saxena 38 and Danielle McGahey 25 not out contributed 63 off those 89 runs as there were three ducks and as many scores below five among the remaining batters. Mannat Hundal 3/21-4, Mukhwinder Gill 2/19-3 and Sonali Vig 2/25-3 were the main wicket-takers for BC in its valiant attempt at victory.
British Columbia 84/7-20 Ovrs. Mukwhinder Gill 45. Pahul Pannu 3/14-4, Amarpal Kaur 2/5-3.
Fittingly, while the tournament’s top two teams, eventual champions Prairies and almost perfect Ontario Fire, were battling it out for final outcome honors the two points table bottom dwellers British Columbia (BC) and Atlantic Province were engaged in a similar battle at the other end of the standings. BC, however, maintained its dominance cruising to a comfortable 8 wickets win over Atlantic Canada whose tournament ended without a single victory and with losses in each and every one of its eight matches played.
Batting first, Atlantic Canada were dismissed for 95 in 19/3 overs. Rey Blais ended her fine tournament with an aggressive 23 balls 47 that was just three runs short of what would have been a most deserving half-century. Alex Lussier’s 19 was the only other contribution of note, as Atlantic Canada’s remaining batters wilted in the face of BC’s varied bowling attack. Mukwhinder Gill 2/18-4 was the highest wicket-taker.
Atlantic Canada’s hopes of a final match sneak victory must have been soaring after Diya Trivedi’s dramatic dismissal of BC opener Rashi Allot and number three batter Tami Vaidyanathan for successive ducks off the first two balls of her opening over. Any such hopes were, however, just as quickly permanently doused as Sadia Razique 35 not out and Sonali Vig 46 also undefeated, then featured in an unbroken third wicket partnership of 96 to make light work of that twenty-overs total that had been set before them. The two BC batters cruised to victory, scoring 99/2 in just 11.1 overs.
Atlantic Canada 95/10-19.3 Ovrs. Rey Blais 47, Alex Lussier 19. Mukhwinder Gill 2/18-4.
British Columbia 99/2. Sonali Vig 46, Sadia Razique 35.
British Columbia won by 8 wickets.
At the conclusion of the championships, trophies and medals were presented to the Prairies team as tournament winners. There were also presentations to Divya Saxena as the Tournament MVP, Danielle McGahey as the Leading Run Scorer and Sonali Vig as the top wicket-taker.
Ontario Fire Maintains Its Perfect Wins Record With Day 4 Double Victories!
Ontario Fire continued its winning ways and, in the process, maintained its perfect unbeaten record with Day 4 double victories as play continued at the King City Maple Leaf Cricket Club-hosted 2022 Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships. Having started Day 4 with a perfect record of five wins and no losses from as many matches played, Ontario Fire extended it to seven and zero with comfortable back-to-back victories over firstly Atlantic Canada followed by British Columbia.
Taking first strike against Atlantic Canada, Ontario Fire posted a formidable 170/6 in its twenty overs. Achini Perera’s twenty-three balls 29 was the top score and there were also useful contributions from Mahwish Khan (24) and Maliha Baig (23). For Atlantic Canada, Rey Blais 2/11-2 ovrs was the top wicket-taker.
Blais also featured as Atlantic Canada’s top-scorer, posting a patient 39 not out off of 47 balls that was symbolical of the team’s overall reply. The other Atlantic Canada batters were pedestrian in their efforts toward the victory target, making very little progress as the allocated twenty-overs ended with the score having gotten to only 76/2.
Ontario Fire 170/6-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 29, Mahwish Khan 24, Maliha Baig 23. Rey Blais 2/11-2/
Atlantic Canada 76/2 – 20 ovrs. Rey Blais 39.
Ontario Fire Won by 94 runs.
While Atlantic Canada were engaged in yet another losing cause, British Columbia (BC) was giving the host Province’s second representative and developmental team, the Ontario Heat, a much stiffer challenge in their Day 4 encounter. BC came ever so close to securing what would have been a major morale boosting victory, eventually losing by the agonizingly slim margin of only nine runs.
Taking first strike, Ontario Heat posted 109/9 in its twenty overs. Almost half of that posted total came from the bat of Kamna Mirchandani whose 48 balls 47 included 8 fours. She was ably supported by Saleha Maqsood who contributed an eighteen balls 23 that was punctuated by five fours. For BC Mannat Hundal took 3/16 in her four overs. There were also two-wicket hauls for Sonali Vig 2/9-4 and Mukhwinder Gill 2/15-4.
Chasing 101 for victory in twenty overs at a very modest required run rate of 5.05, BC suffered a double-blow setback in just the third over, losing both Belinda Williams (7) as well as Sonali Vig for a second ball duck with the score on 19. Williams was bowled by Ontario Heat’s fourteen-year-old teenage sensation, Rabbyjot Rajput while Vig followed via the run-out route just two balls later.
Wickets fell with constant regularity after then, including three with the score on 83 and a fourth one ball later at 84. While the wickets were clattering, the runs were not forthcoming anywhere close to the required degree. BC was left needing 12 runs off the final over with its numbers 10 and 11 batters at the crease. It was too big a task for them to manage. The innings folded with the last wicket falling off the fourth ball of the final over to leave BC still nine runs short of parity with Ontario Heat’s posted 109/9.
Manasa Challa 27 was the top scorer for BC. For Ontario Heat, Rabbyjot Rajput’s medium-pace bowling proved to much too hot for BC’s batters, the teenager ending with the ultra-impressive figures of 4/18-4.
British Columbia 100/10- 19.4 ovrs. Manasa Challa 27. Rabbyjot Rajput 4/18-4.
Ontario Heat won by 9 runs.
Ontario Heat’s elation over their narrow win against BC, however, soon proved to be short-lived as they were brought crashing down to earth by a five-wicket loss to Championship points table second-place holders and potential title challengers the Prairies. Batting first, Ontario Heat posted 132/8 off its twenty overs. A total that was arguably 20-30 runs short of what would have been ideally required against the Prairies’ powerful batting.
Ontario Heat’s captain Saniyah Zia tried her best to lead by example, striking an impressive 46 that was made off 36 balls and included 8 fours. Zia and teenage prodigy, Rabbyjot Rajput (24), posted 75 for the first wicket in only twelve (11.1) overs of batting. Once Rajput had departed, however, adjudged lbw while attempting to sweep, further wickets fell with constant regularity. So much so that 7 more wickets were lost in 8.4 overs for the addition of only 57 runs! Vijayani Vithanage’s 26, made off 24 balls with four boundaries, the only other score of note as Ontario Heat’s innings closed at 132/8 in 20 overs.
For the Prairies three bowlers, Arunimaa Kaur, Amarpal Kaur and Divya Saxena, ended with two-wicket hauls. Arunimaa claimed 2/20-3, Amarpal 2/26-4 and Saxena 2/27-4.
133 to win off twenty available overs proved to be a bit of a cakewalk for the Prairies batters. Danielle McGahey single-handedly accounted for almost half of those in scoring a typically belligerent 65 that required only 29 balls. McGahey’s innings was once again fueled by brilliant hitting that produced four towering sixes and seven fours. Fortunately for Ontario Heat’s beleaguered bowlers, McGahey retired hurt after forty-five minutes of batting at a strike rate of 224.14.
Chandni Nair’s 26, scored at the much less frenetic pace of its 21 balls composition with four boundaries included, was the next highest score as the Prairies comfortably reached their target off the fifth ball of the sixteenth over with the services of five of its batters not having been required. Sunita Dinakar 2/18-2.5 was the main wicket-taker among Ontario Heat’s bowlers, all of whom felt the wrath of McGahey’s power.
Having started Day 4 in a most positive and victorious manner, Ontario Fire ended it in identical fashion with an 18 runs win over British Columbia (BC) that was far more comfortable than indicated by the eventual scores. Batting first, Ontario Fire posted a modest 114/8 off its 20 overs with Vandana Mahajan’s 24 as the top score. For BC Sonali Vig (3/11-4), Manasa Challa 2/29-4 and Mannat Hundai 2/30-4 were the main wicket-takers.
Despite the modesty of Ontario Fire’s posted score and the very reachable victory target of 115 runs in 20 overs, BC’s batters proved themselves to be not at all up to the task. Monalisa Chimutashu’s 17 was the highest individual score as BC steadily lost wickets in pursuit of the relatively modest target. Finishing eventually at 96/9 and falling short by 18 runs with almost all of their wickets lost in the process.
Vandana Mahajan 3/10-4 was the leading Ontario Fire wicket-taker. There were also two-wicket hauls for Ontario Fire captain Hiba Shamshad 2/15-2, as well as her Canadian National teammate Achini Perera 2/26-4.
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