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.