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2021-10-06

Canada’s National Women’s Squad For The Mexico Hosted October 18-25, 2021 ICC 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Announced!

Cricket Canada has announced the Canadian National Squad to participate in the ICC 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier to be held in Mexico from October 18-25, 2021. 

The fourteen member squad is as follows: 

Kamna Mirchandani (Captain), Divya Saxena (Vice Captain), Hala Azmat, Mukhwinder Gill, Kate Gray, Mahrukh Imtiaz, Krima Kapadia, Miryam Khokhar, Jasmina Oldham , Achini Perera, Hiba Shamshad, Sonali Vig, Sana Zafar, Saniyah Zia.

The squad will be accompanied by three officials, Abigail Rajkumar – Manager, Kulbir Jaswal – Coach and Tejash Patel – Physio.  

Argentina, Brazil and the USA will be the other teams participating in the Mexico hosted seven day tournament which will be played in a home and away round-robin format. The tournament winner will qualify for the 2022 ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier, the top two teams from which will go on to participate in the 2023 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup to be held in South Africa.

Canada’s first match of the tournament will be on October 18 against Argentina. The Canadians will then face their arch-rivals the USA the very next day on October 19 and Brazil two days later on October 21. The Canadians second round matches will be on October 22 versus Argentina, the 24th against the USA and an October 25th final day encounter with Brazil. 

The Canadian team’s batting unit for the tournament will be spearheaded by Miryam Khokhar, the MVP of the recently held 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships. Khokhar scored 191 runs from just four innings at an average of 95.50 and an impressive 102.14 strike rate during the August 11-15, 2021 Championships held at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. 

Saniyah Zia who captured 6 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 3.92 in her four 2021 National Championship matches will spearhead the Canadians bowling attack for the Americas Qualifier tournament matches. She will be ably supported by Sonali Vig and Mukhwinder Gill who both had National Championships’ five wicket hauls at economy rates of 5.08 and 5.29 respectively.    

The fourteen members Canadian Squad along with its three accompanying officials will depart for Mexico on Friday October 15, 2021. The squad will return home on October 26, 2021

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2021-09-15

The often-quoted assertion that “Cream always rises to the top” has long since become universally accepted as one of life’s truisms. Its validity was certainly in evidence on Day Two of the three-day, September 13-15, 2021 Canadian National Men’s T20 Championships being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club, as no fewer than four of Canada’s established star players were among the day’s outstanding performers. 

Canadian National team “regulars” Rayyan Pathan (72), Ravinderpal Singh (56) Saad Bin Zafar (53) and Rodrigo Thomas (50) all scored highly entertaining half-centuries for their respective teams. There were also similar scores from the slightly less famous Bhupinder Singh (54) and Aaditya Vardarajan (53) on a day that was dominated by some outstanding batting.

As Fire’s captain, Canadian National all-rounder Saad Bin Zafar, got the day’s proceedings off to an entertaining start with a belligerent 35 ball 53 that included 3 fours and 4 sixes. Zafar’s knock piloted his team to 131/5 off its 20 overs in the day’s opening encounter against the Shields. 

Chasing 132 for victory at a required run rate of 6.6 runs per over, his fellow National team all-rounder Rayyan Pathan was even more aggressive at the top of the Shields batting order. Pathan blasted his way to a 73 ball 38, which was punctuated by 7 sixes and 5 fours. His pyrotechnics was the backbone of the Shields’ cruise controlled response of 132/4 in just 16.5 overs and a most comfortable six-wicket win.

Summarized Scores: 

Fire 131/5 (20 Ovrs), Saad Zafar 53, Uvin Bandara 26; Shields 132/4 (16.5 Ovrs) Rayyan Pathan 73.

Shields won by 6 wickets.

Match 2 of the second day, featuring Fury against the Stallions and which was played simultaneously with the first on an adjacent pitch, was yet another low-scoring but highly exciting encounter. Batting first Fury was bundled out for under a hundred, losing all ten of their wickets for just 93 in 18.5 overs of woeful batting. Seven batsmen failed to score while two, Hamza Tariq (39) and Nikhil Dutta (36), accounted for almost 80% of the eventual total. Bowling for the Shields, Junaid Siddiqui 3/20-4, Shahid Ahmadzai 2/14-4 and Rommel Shahzad 2/22-3.5 were the main wicket-takers.

Incredibly Fury’s posted 83/10 proved to be sufficient as the Stallions’ batsmen were, unbelievably, even more woeful in response all ten of their wickets falling for just 88 to lose by 5 runs. That result had hardly seemed possible after the Stallions’ opening pair of Shreyas Movva (24) and Hiral Patel (21) had posted 46 for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed. 

From 46-1 in the ninth over, the remainder of the innings, however, became a procession as the remaining nine wickets fell for just an additional 42 runs. Darshil Patel 4/8-3 and Salman Nazar 3/18-4 were the chief destroyers for the rampant Fury’s bowling attack.

Summarized Scores: 

Fury 93/10 (18.5 Ovrs) Hamza Tariq 39, Nikhil Dutta 36;  Junaid Siddiqui 3/20-4, Shahid Ahmadzai 2/14-4, Rommel Shahzad 2/22-3.5. Stallions 88/10 (19.3 Ovrs) Shreyas Movva 24, Hiral Patel 21; Darshil Patel 4/8-3, Salman Nazar 3/18-4.

Fury won by 5 runs.

Fresh from their exciting and unexpected 5 run victory over the Stallions, Fury continued its winning ways with a far more emphatic 9 wicket win over Fire in the third match of the day. Fire batting first was dismissed for 130 in 19.4 overs. Opening batsman Aaditya Vardarajan scored a 48 ball 53 at the top of the order, while captain Saad Bin Zafar (27) and veteran T20 specialist Rizwan Cheema (24) were both typically aggressive in their respective knocks of 12 and 19 balls. Varun Sehdev 2/17-3, Salman Nazar 2/19 -4 and Nikhil Dutta 2/37-4 all had two-wicket hauls for Fury.

Chasing 131 for victory, at a 6.55 required run rate, Fury reached its target with consummate ease for the loss of just one wicket. Canada’s National opening bat, Rodrigo Thomas, was at his majestic best in compiling a 32 ball 50 that was graced with 7 silky driven fours and one towering six. Thomas was eventually given out, stumped by wicket-keeper Nicholas Manohar off the bowling of Aaditya Vardarajan. Ruvindu Gunasekera (39) and Hamza Tariq (33), however, then combined for an unbeaten 46 six-run second-wicket partnership to see Fury to victory by 9 wickets.

Summarized Scores:

Fire 130/10 (19.4 Ovrs)Aaditya Vardarajan 53. Saad Bin Zafar 27, Rizwan Cheema 24; Varun Sehdev 2/17-3, Salman Nazar 2/19-4, Nikhil Dutta 2/37 -4. 

Fury 136/1. Rodrigo Thomas 50, Ruvindu Gunasekera 39, Hamza Tariq 33.

Fury won by 9 wickets.

The fourth and final match of the Championships’ Day Two, featuring the Shields and the Stallions, was a virtual nail biter. Stallions eventually prevailed by 5 wickets, but with only three balls to spare.

Batting first the Shields reached 131/6 off its 20 overs, largely due to Bhupinder Singh’s 48 ball 54 and Yasir Abbasi’s run-a-ball 46. Junaid Siddiqui 3/30-4 was the Stallions’ main wicket-taker.

In reply, Ravinderpaul Singh’s unbeaten, belligerent, boundary studded 49 ball 64 which included 5 fours and 2 sixes, was sufficient to take the Stallions to 132/5 off 19.3 overs. Victory to the “Horseys” by 5 wickets, albeit with only three balls to spare!

Summarized Scores:

Shields 131/6 (20.0 Ovrs) Bhupinder Singh 54, Yasir Abbasi 46; Junaid Siddiqui 3/30-4,

Stallions 132/5 Ravinderpal Singh 64, Udaybir Singh Walia 23; Arshdeep Dhaliwal 2/28-4.

Stallions won by 5 wickets.

The Championships will conclude on Wednesday, September 15 with four final day matches. Fire vs Stallions and Fury vs Shields both starting at 10.30 am. Fire vs Shields and Fury vs Stallions starting at 2:30 pm

Photo credit - Eddie Norfolk

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2021-09-15

Hiral Patel (70) Aaditya Vardarajan (60), Udaybir Singh Walia (56), Shreyas Movva (53) all struck half-centuries while Rommel Shahzad 4/12 (4) was the pick of the bowlers as Day 1 of the three-day, September 13-15, 2021 Canadian National Men’s T20 Cricket Championships, got under-way at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The four scheduled Day 1 matches featured the Sheilds vs Stallions; Fire vs Fury; Fire vs Stallions and Fury vs Shields.

The Shields vs Stallions match was a bit of a one-sided affair. Batting first Shields posted 122/9 off 20 overs, with Sukhpreet Khohar (32) and Canadian National team captain Navneet Dhaliwal (31) as the top scorers. Bowling for the Stallions, Rommel Shazad had the entire day’s most outstanding figures of 4/12-4. 

Chasing 123 for victory, the Stallions reached their target for the loss of only two wickets. Udaybir Singh Walia (56) and Shreya Movva (53) both posting half-centuries in an unbeaten 116 run third-wicket partnership that took the Stallions to their very comfortable victory.

Summarized Scores: Shields 122/9 (20 Ovrs) , Khohar 32, Dhaliwal 31, Shazad 4/12-4; Stallions 126/2 (18.3 Ovrs) Walia 56. Movva 53, Stallions won by 8 wickets.

While the Shields and Stallions were locking horns in their opening round fixture, Fury and Fire were also similarly engaged. Batting first Fury only managed to reach 105/9 (20) with Hamza Tariq, 30 as the only score of note. Meet Patel 3/10-3 was the Fire’s main wicket-taker, while Dosanjh claimed 2/13-3.

Chasing 105 for victory, Fire cruised to their target on the back of an unbeaten 50 ball 60 not out from their opening batsman Aaditya Vardarajan. Nicholas Manohar was also unbeaten on 19 as Fire ended on 107/2 (18.4) to claim victory by 8 wickets.

Summarized Scores; Fury 105/9 (20 Ovrs) Tariq 30, Meet Patel 3/10-3, Dosanjh 2/13-3; Fire 107/2 (18.4 Ovrs) Vardarajan 60. Fire won by 8 wickets.

Match 3 of the three National Championships’ Day 1 featured the Stallions against Fire in yet another lopsided encounter, Batting first the Stallions posted a formidable 164/4 of its 20 overs. Hiral Patel’s 56 ball 70 at the top of the order was the backbone of the innings. He also received some solid support from Armaan Kapoor’s aggressive 33 ball 46.

Set 165 to win in 20 overs at a very challenging required run rate of 8.25 runs per over, Fire’s batsmen were never in the hunt. Wickets fell regularly and Kavian Naress' patient 25 ball 31 was eventually the only score of note. Fire ended on 101/7 off its 20 overs. Hiral Patel had excellent figures of 3/9-3, while Rommel Shahzad 2/14-4 was almost as effective.

Summarized Scores: Stallions 164/4 (20 Ovrs) Patel 70, Kapoor 36; Fire 101/7 (20 Ovrs) Naress 25, Hiral Patel 3/9-3, Shahzad 2/14-4. Stallions won by 63 runs.

The final Day 1 match featured Fury against Shields in a highly competitive, low scoring encounter. Fury batting first was bundled out for 97 in 18.3 overs. Rodrigo Thomas’34 ball 30 was the only score worth noting. Kanwar Mann took 3/12-4 and there were also two-wicket hauls for Jatinder Matharu 2/12-3, Dilon Heyliger 2/17-3.3 and Farhan Malik 2/19-3.

Chasing a paltry 94 for victory Shields struggled initially losing wickets at 2, 3, 15, 36 and 38. From 38-5, they recovered, however, to 67 without further loss thanks to a 29 run sixth-wicket partnership between Bhupinder Singh (37) and Jatinder Matharu (13). 

The subsequent losses of Singh, Kanwar Mann (0) first ball and eventually Matharu at 67 and 79 respectively must have certainly caused some panic within the Shields dugout. Dillon Heyliger (22*) and Trevor Manoosingh (5*), however, saw them safely to victory without any further loss.

Summarized Scores: Fury 93/10 (20 Ovrs) Thomas 30, Mann 3/12-4. Shields 97/8 (19.3 Ovrs) Singh 37, Shahbaz Kayani 3/18-4. Shields won by 2 wickets.

The Championships' Tuesday, September 14 Day 2 will feature two 10;30 am start-time matches: Fire vs Shields and Fury vs Stallions. These will be followed by the Shields vs Stallions and Fire vs Fury matches bots of which are scheduled to start at 2:30 pm.

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2021-08-28

Ontario Gold Claims 2021 U18 Canada Cup Championship Honors With Massive Final Round Victory Over BC!

The Friday August 27, 2021 U18 Canada Cup final round clash between the tournament’s two until then unbeaten teams, British Columbia (BC) and Ontario Gold, was anticipated to be a close, exciting contest. It turned out to be a no-contest of epic proportions as Ontario Gold stunned BC with a massive 125 run victory. Set a mere 149 for victory in 50 overs, BC crumbled to 23 all out in 15.4 overs.

The result in the final day’s other match was anywhere nearly that massive a margin. The CC Development Team batting first posted an admirable 236/9 in the 40 overs allowed, after the start of the match had been delayed and the overs reduced due to the wicket having been wet by overnight and early morning rains. In reply the Combined Prairies could only muster 89 before being bowled out in 23.1 overs.

The aforementioned overnight and early morning rains, had caused the grounds to be switched and the start of play delayed in the much anticipated BC –Ontario Gold by an hour and ten minutes. Once play was started BC got off to a most advantageous start, capturing the first Ontario Gold wicket, Jash Shah (2) with the score on 9 and eight more by the time it had reached 99. 

At 99/9 off 24.4 overs, Ontario Gold were in serious trouble and BC seemingly in total command. Kairav Sharma’s unbeaten 35 ball 38, which included 5 fours and 1 six, however guided the Ontario Gold lower order to add a further 49 runs for the last wickets, before the innings was ended in the 34th over with the score on 148/10 (33.1).

Set a mere 149 to win with the full 50 overs available, and at a run rate of 3.0 runs per over, BC suffered an implosion of monumental proportions to the rampant Ontario Gold bowlers, Sheel Patel and Kairav Sharma. Patel’s first victim was the opener Jordan Matthews, lbw for 2 off the second ball of his third over. He went on to claim five more victims in as many overs. Patel finished with the incredible figures of 6 wickets for 8 runs in 8 overs, which included 2 maidens.

Patel was ably supported by Kairav Sharma who captured 4 wickets for 10 runs off of his 3.4 completed overs. Together they completely demolished the BC innings for just 23 all out in 15.4 overs, to give their Ontario Gold team a comprehensive Championship Title win.

While Ontario Gold was busy running roughshod over BC, the Cricket Canada Development Team was enjoy similar advantages over the Combined Prairies, albeit in a somewhat different manner. Batting first CC Development posted 236/9 (40) on the back of Ashir Zamir’s 52 ball 57. He was very well supported by Abisarujan Arulth 36 (24), Abhinav Dixit 34 (17) and Varun Bassi 33 (44).  

Bowling for the Combined Prairies Pawan Parekh captured 3-27/8. There were also two wicket hauls for Aditya Odedara 2-24/8 and Gurshaan 2-40/6.

Chasing 237 for victory, at a very challenging run rate of 5.92, Combined Prairies lost their opener Virjot Singh (0) off the very first ball of the innings. From 1-0 they recovered partially to 33-2, thanks to a partnership between Mejraj Chahal 36 (48) and Aditya Obedara 5 (23). Three runs later Hermant Saini fell, bowled by Finley Dixon for 3. 

From 36-3 they progressed to 66 before losing their fourth wicket, that of Dave Jairath for 1o. The last 6 wickets then fell for the addition of only 23 runs as the innings folded for 89 all out in 23.1 overs, to leave the CC Development Team victorious by 147 runs.

At the conclusion of the CC Development, Combined Prairies match there was a presentation ceremony of medals and trophies to the outstanding players, as well as the umpires and scorers. BC’s Dilpreet Sing Bajwa was named as the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Bajwa scored 213 runs from 4 innings at an average of 71.00, He also captured 18 wickets at an average of 5.17 and a 2.33 economy rate during the Tournament.

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