BC, Ontario Red Secure Wins, Dilpreet Singh Bajwa Scores Massive Century In 2021 U18 Canada Cup Day 4 Action!
British Columbia (BC) and Ontario Red both registered comfortable victories against their respective opponents as action continued on Day 4, of the 2021 U18 Canada Cup Tournament being played at King City. BC skittled the Prairies Combined (PC) for a paltry 78 all out in 42.4 overs to win in response to the by a mammoth 252 run margin after having posted 330/10 in 49.1 overs having taken first strike.
Ontario Red’s victory over the CC Development Team was as equally decisive. Having restricted the CC Development batting for just 79 all out in 17.3 overs, the Reds easily reached their victory target posting 82/1 off 15.5 overs to win very comfortably by 9 wickets.
BC’s mammoth 330 against the PC was fashioned on the back of Dilpreet Singh Bajwa’s colossal 162 made off of just 105 balls and including 23 fours and four towering sixes. Having also taken successive sixfers with his off spinners in BC's first two matches, Bajwa’s batting exploits in the third would have now surely made him an unassailable frontrunner for the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player honors.
Coming to the crease with BC somewhat uncomfortable placed at 75-4 in the 17th over, having lost the wickets of Jordan Matthews (6), Ishaan Hothi (19), Tyler Herft (19) and Ajayveer Hundal (1), Bajwa combined with his captain Gurnek to post a much needed 167 run partnership for the 5th wicket. Gurnek’s contribution was a polished run-a-ball 74 which included six fours and three sixes.
Bowling for BC Mehray Chahal claimed two off the last three wickets that fell to end with the very flattering figures of 2-6 off 2. Gurhsann’s 2-54/9.2 overs was by far more accurately reflective of the Prairies bowling effort.
Chasing an almost improbable 331 for victory, PC’s batters got nowhere even close, they were skittled out for 78 off of 42.4 overs of pedestrian batting. Dave Jairath (10) was the only batsman to reach double figures as the PC batsmen found themselves at sea to the BC bowlers. Gurnek 2-1/2, Tanveer Grewal 2-13/8, Gurnaj Sidhu 2-14/5 and Dayajeet Singh 2-14/9.5 all had two-wickets hauls in BC’s superb combined bowling performance.
Summarized scores: BC 330/10 (49.1 overs) Bajwa 162 (106), Gurnek 74 (74); Chahal 2-2/2, Gurshaan 2-54/9.1); Combined Prairies 78/10 (42.4 overs) Gurnek 2-1/2, Grewal 2-13/8, Sidhu 2-14/5. Singh 2-14/9.4. BC won by 252 runs.
While BC’s batters were piling on the agony against the hapless CP bowling it was the Ontario Red’s bowlers who were taking the honors against the CC Development Team. Taking first strike CC Development was skittled out for a paltry 79 off of just 17.3 overs. Only three batsmen Ashir Zamir 25 (34), Joban Jhangra 14 (17) and Abdul Ali 10 managed double figures as the Ontario Red’s bowlers ran riot.
Jonathan Singh 5-1/3.3 overs was the chief destroyer for the Ontario Red. There were also two wicket hauls for Jainil Najmudar 2-28/5 and Muhammad Hussain 2-44/7.
Set 80 to win, Ontario Red comfortably reached their target posting 82 for the loss of just one wicket. Siddh Ladd’s 28 not out took his four match Tournament aggregate to 142 at an impressive 47.33 average. Jeevanand Nauth was also left undefeated on 22 not out.
Summarized Scores: CC Development 79/10; Singh 5-1/3.3, Najmudar 2-28/5, Hussain 2-44/7; Ontario Red 82-1; Ladd 28* (32), Nauth 22* (27) Ontario Red won by 9 wickets.....