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2020-01-30

 Canada registered its  first victory at the South Africa hosted ICC 2020 U19 World Cup with a massive 182 run Plate Championship Semi-Final win over Japan. The Canadians were led to victory by a belligerent 102 ball century (101) from their opening batsman Nicholas Manohar, which catapulted their score to 300/7 at the end of their 50 overs. Manohar’s outstanding batting was well supported by career best bowling figures from Akhil Kumar who carved through Japan’s batting order. Kumar returned figures of 6-46 from 10 overs as Japan in reply were skittled out for 118, falling 183 runs short of their victory target.

Batting first after Japan had won the toss and elected to field, Canada’s opening pair of Nicholas Manohar and Mihir Patel posted 31 for the first wicket. The loss of Patel, caught and bowled by Kento Ota-Dobell for 11 off the very last ball of the seventh over, was followed by a 71 run second wicket partnership between Manohar and Akhil Kumar batting at number 3 in the order. Kumar’s contribution to the partnership was a patient 13 made off  32 balls, as he played a supporting role to the far more dominant Manohar. In an innings which included 16 boundaries, Manohar became only the second Canadian batsman to ever score an ICC U19 World Cup century. Akash Gill’s 120 against Papua New Guinea in 2018 had previously stood as the only century  made by a Canadian batsman at an ICC U19 World Cup. Manohar also featured in a 71 run partnership for the third wicket with Eshan Sensarma (34) before he was eventually dismissed, caught at the wicket off Tushar Chaturvedi’s bowling in the 33rd over, for his well played 101. Canada’s match winning 300 run total was also punctuated by two further fifty run partnerships. Benjamin Calitz (29) and Canada’s skipper Ashtan Deosammy (40) added 52 for the fourth wicket. Deosammy also featured in a 58 run partnership with Udayir Walia (40) before becoming the sixth Canadian wicket to fall. Bowling for Japan Kento Ota-Dobell, with figures of 2-47 off 10 overs, was the least expensive among the wicket-takers. Leon Mehlig 2-64 (10 ) and Tushar Chaturvedi 2-47 (7.83) were the only other wicket-takers.

Chasing a formidable 301 runs for victory off 50 available overs, Japan got off to a slow but steady start, their opening batsmen, Neel Date (59) and Shu Nogucia (13) posting 42 for the first wicket after 9.1 overs. Date and Debashi Sahoo also added 29 for the second wicket before Japan’s innings fell apart in the face of Akhil Kumar’s bowing wizardry. No other Japanese batsman reached double figures as the last eight wickets fell for only 45 runs. When Kumar had finished weaving his magic, Harmanjeet Bedi chipped in with 2-0 from just four balls to end Japan’s innings and complete Canada’s massive victory. 

Kumar’s 6 wicket match tally also pushed him to the top of the table as the Tournament’s leading wicket-taker. He has so far captured 13 wickets for 209 runs from 37 overs.

Canada will now face UAE in their final match, with the winners placing 13th. 

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2020-01-28

Cricket Canada mourns the loss of former Executive member John Lovelace. John has served Cricket Canada in various capacities, the last of which was Chairman of the Bylaws Review Committee in 2009 - 2010.  

He was also involved with Manitoba Cricket Association as a cricketer, Provincial captain, President of the MCA for over 25 years and an overall champion for the growth and development of Cricket in the Province and Canada.

John will be truly missed by all cricketers and administrators throughout out Canada. 

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2020-01-28

Canada’s winless run at the South Africa hosted ICC 2020 U19 World Cup has continued with its January 28, 95 run loss to Zimbabwe in the Plate Championships quarter-final. Chasing a victory target of 272 from 50 available overs the Canadians never recovered from the disastrous start of losing its first wicket with the score on one and the second at 2-2. They were eventually dismissed  for 176 in 47.3 overs, 96 runs short of their target.

Having won the toss and deciding to bat, Zimbabwe lost its first wicket in just the third over with only 10 runs on the board. Thanks to an aggressive 95 ball 105 from Emmanuel Bawa that was well supported by fifties from Gareth Chirawu (54) and Taurayi Tugwete (50), Zimbawe  recovered  to post a challenging 271/7 at the conclusion of its 50 overs.

Bowling for Canada, Akhil Kumar was yet again the most successful wicket taker, capturing 3-63 off his 10 allocated overs.  Raqib Shamsudeen 1-36 (10), Harmanjeet Bedi 1-41 (10), Muhammad Kamal 1-57 (10) and Rishiv Joshi 1-71 (10) all chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 272 to win, from 50 available overs at a relatively comfortable required run rate of 5.44, the Canadians got off to the worst possible start losing its first two wickets to be left reeling at 2-2 at the end of the third over. Eshan Sensarma (13) and Akhil Kumar added 44 for the third wickets to restore some stability to the Canadian innings. 

The loss of Kumar’s wicket, caught behind off the bowling of Chirawu for 24, however triggered a steady procession of Canada’s batsmen from the pavilion and back as the remaining wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Rishiv Joshi (26) and Hermanjeet Bedi (24) featured in a 36 run last wicket partnership to add some respectability to the Canadian innings, by reducing the eventual deficit to 95 runs. Joshi was eventually bowled by Tugwete to be the last man out, allowing Zimbabwe’s players to celebrate a comprehensive victory and their progression to the Tournament Plate Championship’s next round.

The Canadian’s next match will be a January 30 Plate Playoff encounter against Japan U19.

Summarized Scores:

Zimbabwe U19 272/7 (50 0vers) E Bawa 106 (95), G Chirawu 54 (45), T Tugwete 50 (75); A Kumar 3-63 (10)

Canada U10 176/10 (47.3 overs) R Joshi 26 (21), H Bedi 26 (62) A Kumar 24 (42); N Nungu 2-35 (7), G Chirawu 2-40 (10)

Zimbabwe U19 won by 95 runs.

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2020-01-24

Canada’s January 24 scheduled match against Afghanistan, its final Preliminary Round fixture at the South Africa hosted ICC 2020 World Cup was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. The non- result cemented Canada’s cellar position at the bottom of the Group D Preliminary Round standings. with 1 point from two matches actually played.

Team Canada’s involvement in the Tournament will now continue with its participation in the Plate Championship which will be contested among the third and fourth placed teams from each of the four Preliminary Groups. Canada will face the winner of the January 25 Group C match between Scotland and Zimbabwe on Tuesday January 28.

Mihir Patel with 106 runs from 2 innings batted at a 58.00 average was Canada's highest run scorer at the conclusion of its Preliminary Round matches. In the bowling department, Akhil Kumar with 4-100 from 12 overs with an economy rate of 5.88 runs per over, was  Canada's most successful bowler in the Preliminary Round.



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2020-01-22

Media release

The Canadian Team’s hopes of progressing to the Playoff stage of the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup were irretrievably squashed by its massive 150 loss to hosts South Africa in the two teams’ January 22 Preliminary Round encounter. The loss was the Canadians second successive substantive defeat, having also succumbed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 8 wickets in their January 18 first match of the Tournament. Winless and pointless after two matches, the Canadians were left placed at the very bottom of the four team Group D standings with only one remaining first round match to play on January 24 against top of the table Afghanistan, who head the Group on four points following wins against both South Africa and the UAE.

Having won the toss and sent their opponents into bat, Canada’s bowling again proved itself to be toothless in the face of some powerful hitting by South Africa’s batsmen. Having lost an early wicket in just the seventh over and with the score on 21, South Africa recovered fully to post a mammoth 349/8 by the completion of its 50 overs. An imposing total that was always going to be too steep a challenge for the Canadians to conquer.

There were 40 fours and 6 massive sixes in South Africa’s total, which was built on the back of an enterprising 91 ball, lead from the front, century (121) by Bryce Parsons their captain. Parsons struck 15 fours and 3 sixes in his innings while featuring in two successive 50 run partnerships. The first with Jonathan Bird (54) added 54 for the second wicket. That was immediately followed by an even bigger 97 run stand with Luke Beaufort (60) for the third wicket. For the Canadians, Akhil Kumar captured 4/56 from his 10 0vers. Rishiv Joshi 2-59 (10) and Ayush Verma 2/69 (9) were the only other wicket-takers, as all of the other bowlers proved to be wholly ineffective against the rampant South African batsmen. 

Chasing a formidable 359 run victory target, at an imposing required run rate of seven runs per over, the Canadians despite an enterprising start, which produced 39 runs off of just five overs before the first wicket fell, were never ever really in the hunt. Wickets fell far too regularly and a 49 run stand between eventual top scorer Benjamim Calitz (62) and Udaybir Walia (26) was the only partnership of note. The Canadians were eventually trundled out for 199 in 41.1 overs. 150 runs short of the required victory target and having failed to bat out their full 50 overs.

Bowling for South Africa Tiaan van Vuuren (2/24), Merrick Brett (2/32), Achille Cloete (2/36) and Jack Lees (2/39) all had two wicket hauls.

Summarized Scores:

South Africa 349/8; B Parsons 121 (91), T Karelse 60 (51), J Bird 54 (49); A Kumar 4-56 (10), A Verma 2-69 (9)

Canada U19 199/10 ((41.1 Overs) B Calitz 62, U Walia 26. M Patel 26; T van Vuuren 2-24 (7), A Cloete 2-36 (5.1), M Brett 2-32 (7), J Lees 2-39 (10)

South Africa U19 won by 150 runs 

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2020-01-22

Canada U19s lost their second match of the U19 World Cup by 150 runs to  South Africa in Potchefstroom today. 

South Africa batted first and put up a big total of 349/8 from their 50 overs, led by 121 from Bryce Parsons. Akhil Kumar (pictured) took 4/56 and Joshi and Verma each took two wickets. Canada got off to a quick start in reply, the 50 coming up in the 7th over for the loss of Sandhu. The run rate slowed with the loss of Patel (26, with five fours), and Kumar (17), with Canada at 71/3 in the 13th over. Benjamin Calitz made an accomplished  half century putting on 51 with Walia (27), but when Wallia was dismissed, the next five wickets fell for the addition of only  44 runs - 166/9. Gosol and Calitz put up a spirited fight with a last wicket partnership of 35 but Canada were bowled out for 199 in the 42nd over. Calitz was left unbeaten on 63. 

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