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2021-03-09

Cricket Canada and USA Cricket are delighted to announce joint plans for the return of the annual Auty Cup, the longest running international sports rivalry in the world. Canada will host the USA in a 50 Overs series to be played this coming summer.

Pending final approval of the Canadian health authorities the 2021 Auty Cup will be played in Canada from July 26-30 at a venue to be determined later. The Auty Cup series will be played directly after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, which Canada is hosting from July 17-23, 2021.

Reputed to be the first and longest running international sporting fixture of any type, the K.A. Auty Cup Trophy is an international cricket series played between Canada and the United States, hosted alternately by Cricket Canada and USA Cricket. After a 17 year gap the Auty Cup returned in 2011 and has been played across a variety of formats.

The Auty Cup series will serve as ideal preparation for Canada and the USA in the 50 Overs format with both countries having had no international cricket for more than 12 months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Canada will be preparing for their ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League series in August 2021, while USA will be preparing for their ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series in the same month.

Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa, said, “After an incredibly difficult 12 months or so for all cricketing nations, we are very pleased to be able to have a strong summer of cricket to look forward to in 2021. We are looking forward to renewing rivalries in the Auty Cup and host our neighbours in USA Cricket directly after the T20 World Cup Qualifier this summer. ”    

The newly re-appointed USA Cricket Chairman, Paraag Marathe, said, “We would like to thank our friends at Cricket Canada for hosting the return of the Auty Cup in 2021. The deep history and heritage of cricket across North America is something we both hold very dearly and we are excited to have been able to find a window to reinstate our local and historic rivalry for the Auty Cup.”

Cricket Canada and USA Cricket also explained that further discussions were ongoing about the prospect of extending the USA vs Canada rivalry to also include regular fixtures between the respective Women’s and Youth teams in 2021 and beyond.    

ABOUT THE AUTY CUP

The first Auty Cup Trophy match was a two-day match held from the 25–27 September 1844 at St George's Cricket Club in Manhattan, New York as the first ever international sports fixture between any two countries. Largely as a result of this match, the first Canadian Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, declared cricket Canada’s first official sport in 1867.

The trophy was donated by Karl André Auty of Chicago, Illinois. The original trophy was retired in 1963 to honor the memory of K. A. Auty and re-dedicated 20 years later in Calgary, on 19 November 1983.


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2021-02-28

Nitish Kumar's Caribbean exploits lead the features in February's Wickets


February 2021 


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2021-02-11

On Sunday, February 7, hours before the start of this years Super Bowl 55, in thousands of cricket loving households all across Canada, individuals were glued to their television screens. Their individual and combined attentions were riveted on the exploits of their fellow Canadian Nitish Kumar, who was representing the Leewards Hurricanes against the Windwards Volcanoes in the opening fixture of the Cricket West Indies hosted 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament, being played at the Coolidge Cricket Center in St Johns Antigua.

As the only Canadian involved in the Tournament, indeed its only non West Indian player, Kumar carried the interests of all of his Canadian supporters when he strode to the crease with the Leeward Hurricanes score on 51/2 off 8.6 overs in pursuit of the 285 run victory target that had been set by the Windwards Volcanoes. He did not disappoint, proceeding instead to fashion an innings that was subsequently described during the post match presentation ceremony by the Windwards Volcanoes captain, West Indies One Day International player, Sunil Ambris as one of the very best he has ever seen in Caribbean regional limited overs cricket.

Displaying his extensive repertoire of shots Kumar stroked his way to  112, made off just 106 balls that included nine majestic fours and two imperial sixes. It was as the West Indies fast bowling great Sir Curtly Ambrose described, an innings of superb class and outstanding pedigree. It was, however, part of a losing cause as the Leewards Hurricanes were eventually dismissed for 253 off 47.2 overs 31 runs short of the required victory target. Kumar was also, somewhat surprisingly, not chosen as the Man of the Match, losing out in that respect to the Windwards Volcanoes Kevin Stoute, who scored 86 off 96 balls with eight fours and one six as part of his teams match winning total of 284.

Kumar's social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were immediately flooded with congratulatory messages from supporters across Canada following his outstanding innings. Several Cricket Canada Board Members including President Rashpal Bajwa, Directors Mohammed Shaikh and Ranjit Chaudhri, General Manager Ingleton Liburd as well as Brampton & Etobicoke League President Praim Persaud were among those sending congratulatory messages to Kumar.

Kumar's Leewards Hurricanes 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 century is his fourth in List A matches, Since making his One Day International debut in 2011 and becoming the second youngest ever ODI player, as a right-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Canada born Kumar has become one of Canadas leading batting all-rounders and a regular member of Canadian National cricket teams. His most recent appearances for Canada were as a member of the Canadian squad for the 201920 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament. He was again Canadas  leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 265 runs in eight matches.

The Leeward Hurricanes remaining 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Preliminary Round matches will be on Feb 10 vs Barbados Pride; Feb 13 vs Guyana Jaguars; Feb 17 vs T&T Red Force and Feb 19 vs Jamaica Scorpions.

Update 10 February:

Canada’s Nitish Kumar followed his superb 2021 Caribbean Super50 opening match century with a solid 41, as the Leeward Hurricanes led by Keacy Carty’s superb unbeaten century and a belligerent Hayden Walsh Jnr cameo, secured a sensational four wicket final over win against the Barbados Pride. Carty, produced a memorable knock of 123 not out. He hit nine fours and three sixes, to record his maiden List A hundred on a good pitch at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. He won the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match award.

Chasing the daunting victory target of 302 to win at a required rate of 6 runs per over, the Hurricanes lost both its opening batsmen by the thirteenth  over with only 62 runs on the board. Kumar and Carty, however, combined for a 98 run third wicket partnership which steadied the innings and provided a perfect platform for the match-winning fireworks that were to follow.

Having gracefully stroked his way to 41 off 48 balls with two fours, Kumar attempted an injudicious reverse sweep to an Ashley Nurse delivery, missed completely and was struck plumb in front to be adjudged lbw. It was a most disappointing end to an innings that had promised much and which had even seemed headed toward a second successive century.

In the final stages with an asking rate of close to 14 runs per over Hayden Walsh smashed an explosive 9 ball  28, which included three massive sixes in one over. His belligerent cameo provided the impetus for the undaunted Casey to eventually see the Hurricanes home.

The Barbados Trident’s 302 had been structured around Shamar Brooks 96 off 88 balls and Jonathan Carter’s 91 ball 58. The two featured in an 160 run partnership for the third wicket that provided the backbone Pride’s eventually insufficient total of 301.

Full Scorecard: https://www.windiescricket.com/matches/206981/#scorecard

The win gave the Leewards Hurricanes its first two points of the tournament and a third place on the points table behind the Jaguars and Windwards Hurricanes, while the Pride were left floundering in last place with zero points having lost both of its matches played to date. The tournaments two other competing teams. Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad Red Force were set to play each other on Thursday February 10.

Kumar will be hoping for much improved performances in the Leeward Hurricanes three remaining Preliminary Round matches. The Hurricanes will face the Guyana Jaguars on Feb 13; T&T Red Force on Feb 17 and the F Jamaica Scorpions on Feb 19.

Photo credit: Windies Cricket

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2021-01-28

January 2021 

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2021-01-27

Canada’s outstanding  all-rounder Nitish Kumar has been included in the Leeward Islands Hurricanes final 15 member squad for the 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Championships. The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will be one of six Caribbean territory franchises competing in s in the 2021 edition of the annual Cricket West Indies fifty-over tournament. The Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, and the Windward Islands Volcanoes will be the other five competing franchises for the February 7-27, 2021 Tournament which will be played in Antigua.

The Canada born Kumar’s selection to the Leewards Hurricanes 2021 Super50 Squad follows his participation in the franchise’s pre-tournament training camp that was held in Antigua earlier this month. He is the only non Caribbean based player to be selected to any of the squads that will be competing in the 2021 Super50 Championships.

The Leewards Hurricanes will clash with the Windwards Volcanoes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, for the Sunday, February 7 opening match of the 2021 CG Insurance Super50 Cup. A total of 19 matches will be played in the 50 Over Tournament which is scheduled to conclude on February 27.

The six competing teams will play each other on a round-robin basis with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals and the opportunity to reach the grand final. Matches will be played at Antigua’s two international cricket venues - the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) and the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS). There will be 13 matches at CCG including the semi-finals and final, and six matches at SVRS.

The Leeward Hurricanes 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Preliminary Round matches will be on Feb. 7 vs Windward Volcanoes; Feb 10 vs Barbados Pride; Feb 13 vs Guyana Jaguars; Feb 17 vs T&T Red Force and Feb 19 vs Jamaica Scorpions.

Since making his One Day International debut in 2011 and becoming the second youngest ever ODI player, as a right-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Canada born Nitish Kumar has become one of Canada’s leading batting all-rounders and a regular member of Canadian National cricket teams. His most recent appearances for Canada were as a member of the . Canadian squad for the 2019–20 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament. He was again Canada’s  leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 265 runs in eight matches.

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2021-03-12

Note that all dates should be considered tentative, based on the evolving impact of the global pandemic. All Canadian based events are dependent on obtaining permission from Federal and Provincial health authorities.  Most events are still in the planning stages, with grounds and venues to be determined


DateVenueEvent
May 7 - 9VancouverWomen’s Western T20
June 4-6OntarioMen’s Central T20
June 4-6VancouverMen’s Western T20
June 4-6OntarioWomen’s Central/ Eastern T20
June 4-6New BrunswickMen’s Eastern T20 (date tentative, may be moved to July)
June 10 -13OntarioMen’s National Championship
June 10-13OntarioWomen’s National Championship
July 11-17OntarioCanada Cup U18
July 15 – 24OntarioICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier; Argentina,   Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Panama, USA
July 26-30TBDAuty Cup- Canada v USA
June 24 –July 11BramptonGlobal T20 Canada
August 15 – 28Canada (location TBD)ICC Men’s CWC Challenge League; Canada, Denmark, Malaysia,   Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu
August 18 - 25 USAICC Under 19 Men’s World Cup qualifier - Canada, USA,   Bermuda,  Argentina
Sept 1 – 7Canada (Location TBD)CC Cricket Festival/Auty Cup
September 11 -18USAICC Americas Women’s T20 WC qualifier: Argentina, Brazil,   Canada, USA


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