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2021-08-28

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.

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2021-08-27

BC, Ontario Gold Remain Undefeated As 2021 U19 Canada Cup Continues!

British Columbia (BC) and Ontario Gold both maintained their winning ways during the Wednesday, August 25, Day 3 action at the 2021 U18 Canada Cup being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. BC had a bit of a struggle losing seven wickets in pursuit of the 166 they had been set for victory by their Cricket Canada Development Team opponents. Ontario Gold in contrast, were much less challenged posting 252/10 after taking first strike then easily dismissing their fellow Ontario Reds for 131, to win by 121 runs.

Taking first strike Ontario Gold lost three early wickets for 26 and two more by the time they had reached 74. Mihir Patel (71) and Rhamanvir Dhaliwal (67) however, combined in a stand of 89 for the 6th wicket to help the Golds recover. Kairav Sharma, batting at number 9, struck a breezy 26, as the Gold team ended on 252 all out after 48.5 overs. 

Chaing 252 for victory, Ontario Reds soon lost Siddh Lad, lbw to Mihir Patel for just 3, which was the start of a disappointing day for almost all the Reds top order batters. Yash Mondkar, at 3, made 30 before being caught off the bowling of Kairav Sharma who ended with figures of 2-31/10 overs. 

Ethan Bhatia (27), Aditya Manjrekar (24) and Omar Nooristani all had useful starts, but failed to carry on. Mihir Patel’s namesake Sheel was the Gold’s most successful bowler with figures of 3-18/9 as the Reds were eventually bowled out for 131, falling well short of the 252 they had been set for victory by 121 runs!

While Ontario Gold was cruising to victory, BC by contrast was having a much greater challenge against their upstart Cricket Canada Development Team opponents. Batting first the Development Team posted 165 all out off of 37.5 overs. Skipper Varun Bassi (27), Abhinav Dixit (25), Ashir Zamir (23) and Aditya Pandya all made useful contributions to the Development Team’s eventual total. Bowling for BC, Dilpreet Singh Bajwa’s off-spinners were again virtually unplayable. Bajwa took 6-20 off of 9.5 overs. His second successive six-wicket haul in as many matches. 

Chasing 166 for victory, British Columbia lost wickets fairly regularly even with victory seemingly close at hand. Opening bat Jordan Matthews made 42 before he was bowled by Varun Bassi with the score on 103/3. Matthews had featured in a 58 run 3rd wicket stand with the innings top-scorer Gurnek whose 71 was made off of just 64 balls and included 10 fours. Gurnek fell with the score on 150 and there were further losses at 161 and 162, before the required 166 was finally reached in the 44th over. 166 for 7 (43.3 overs) resulting in a three wicket win for the still undefeated BC.

Today’s (Thursday 26 August 2021) matches will feature Ontario Reds (Won 1, Lost 2) against the  Cricket Canada Development (Won 0, Lost 2), while the still unbeaten British Columbia (Won 2, Lost 0) will play the Prairies Combined (Won 0, Lost 2). Both matches are scheduled to start at 10.30am and are being live-streamed on Cricket Canada Facebook.

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2021-08-25

Ontario Teams secure wins, Siddh Ladd scores Tournament's first century in 2021 U18 Canada Cup Tuesday, August 24 Day 2 action!

Victories for both of the two participating Ontario teams and a belligerent century from Siddh Ladd were the highlights of the second day's action as the 2021 Cricket Canada U18 Canada Cup continued at King City.

Ontario Gold registered its second successive, fairly comfortable victory, easily defeating the Cricket Canada Development Team by 8 wickets. Taking first strike CC Development were dismissed for 104 off 39.3 overs. Kanish Bhardwaj scored 32, but no other batsman reached 20 as wickets fell at regular intervals during the entire innings. Harjap Saini 3-20/9.3 and Mihir Patel 3-31/9 were the Ontario Gold's main wicket-takers.

Chasing 105 for victory, Ontario Gold's openers Jash Shah and Yasir Mahmood added 43 for the first wicket before Shah was the first to go, caught by Sahil Cheema off Ashir Zamir's bowling for 23. Mahmood took his score to 46, before he was bowled by Zamir. Arjuna Sukhu (12) and Ramanvir Dhaliwal (11) however, saw the Golds safely home to the 105 victory target without any further loss! Ashir Zamir was the CC Development Team's only successful bowler, taking 2-22/5 overs.

Thanks to Siddh Ladd's belligerent 108 ball 105, the Tournament's first century, Ontario Reds posted a mammoth 301/8 off its 59 overs in its match against the Combined Prairies Provinces (CPP) . The Reds' bowlers, Yash Mondkar 5-36/9 and Krish Bandivdekar 4-39/10 then took nine wickets between themselves as CPP were bowled out for 206 to give the Reds thier first victory of the Tournament by 95 runs.

The Reds 301/8 was built around an opening stand partnership of 92 between Ladd and Jeevanand Nauth who scored 33. Sahil Badin also chipped in with a 34 ball 51 as the Reds batsmen made merry on the CPP's wayward bowling. Tariq Daud 3-60/10 and Aum Mistry 3-61/10 were the CPP's most successful bowlers.

The Tournament continues today with Wednesday, August 25 Day 3 action, featuring the two Ontario teams, Gold and Red facing off against each other. British Columbia and the CC Development Team will calsh in today's second encounter. Both matches will begin at 10:30 am.

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2021-08-25

Canada's cricket future on display. August 23-25 2021 U18 Canada Cup in progress at King City. 

Monday August 23, Day 1 honors for Ontario Gold and BC in their respective opening round matches against the Combined Prairies Provinces (CPP) and Ontario Reds.

After winning the toss and taking first strike, CPP got off to an encouraging start. Opening bats Mehraj Chahal (14) and Vrijot Singh (15) posted 34 for the first wicket before both were dismissed without addition to the score within the space of two overs. The further loss of Hermant Saini with the score still on 34 left CPP reeling. Despite Dave Jairath's defiant 32 they never recovered and were eventually all out for 84, in 26.1 overs, losing their last seven wickets for only 50 runs. 

Kairav Sharma 4-12/7 overs and Harjap Saini 4-23/6.1 overs were the Ontario Gold's chief wicket-takers.

Chasing a paltry 85 for victory, Ontario Gold's openers Ethan Gibson and Jash Shah posted 47 for the first wicket before Gibson was dismissed for 8, caught by Tariq Daud off Pawan Parekh's bowling on the second ball of the eight over. Shah (43) and Anoop Chima (22) however, then combined for an unbeaten 38 run second wicket partnership to take Ontario Golds home to victory!

In the opening day's second match, Ontario Reds batting first lost both of its openers Jeevanand Nauth (1) and Siddh Ladd (6) with the score on 13. A third wicket stand of 103 between Yash Mandkar (41) and Sahil Badhin (61) helped recover the innings somewhat before they both fell within one run of each other. Badin was bowled by BC's pace bowler Gurnek and just one run later, Mondkar became the first of off-spinner Dilpreet Singh Bajwa's eventually six victims in the innings. 

Singh ended with the ultra-impressive figures of  6-31/10 as the Ontario Reds slumped to 147 all out (40 overs).  He was ably supported by Gurnek who took  3/25 off of his 10 allocated overs. 

Chasing 148 for victory at a required run rate of 2.96, BC lost an early wicket when opening bat Jordan Matthews was caught by Jeewanand Nauth (0) off the bowling of Mujammad Hussain, having failed to trouble the Scorers and with his team's total on 7 after 2.3 overs. BC lost two further wickets, Jai Singh (24) and Tyler Herft (12) at 42 and 85 before Gurnek 56* and Dilpreet Singh Bajwa added the still required 63 without further loss to secure a well-deserved victory.

Today's, Tuesday August 24, second-day matches will again feature both Ontario teams. Ontario Golds will take on the Cricket Canada Development team while the Reds will face the Combined Prairie Provinces. Both matches are scheduled to start at 10:30 am.

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2021-08-17

Unbeaten Cedar Blues Win August 13-15 2021 Canadian National Women’s Cricket Championships,

An unbeaten record of four wins from as many matches played piloted the Cedar Blues to Championship winning honors at the Friday August 13 to Sunday, August 15, 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships, played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The Cedar Blues won all four of its matches comprehensively by margins of 75 runs, 7 wickets, 9 wickets and 17 runs against the two other competing teams, the Maple Greens and Orange Oaks. 

The Cedar Blues’ victories were bolstered by Divya Saxena’s aggressive batting. Saxena amassed 140 runs from only three innings batted at an outstanding 70.00 average and a monumental 172.84 strike rate. She was ably supported by Achini Perera whose 99 runs Tournament aggregate, from 3 innings batted, give her a 33.00 average and a 102.06 strike rate.

Mukwinder Gill was the Cedar Blue’s leading bowler, capturing 5 wickets at an average of 12.0 and an economy rate of 5.29. Mahrukh Imtiaz, with 4 wickets at an 11.25 average and 4.09 economy rate also made an outstanding contribution to the Cedar Blues’ bowling. So too did Hiba Hamshad whose 4 wickets were taken at an average of 20.33 and a 4.69 economy rate.

Canadian National player Miryam Khokar was adjudged as the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player for her outstanding batting. Khokar’s four Tournament innings yielded 191 runs at a whopping 95.50 average at a 102.14 strike rate. Khokar recorded scores of 74, 50, 16 and 51 in her four innings, which were also graced by a cumulative total of 35 boundaries.

Besides Khokar and Saxena, the Orange Oak’s Amarpal Kaur was the only other batter with an above 100 run aggregate for the Tournament. Kaur’s four innings aggregate was 118 runs at a 39.33 average and 107.27 strike rate.

The Maple Green’s Saniyah Zia captured the Tournament’s bowling honors. Zia’s Championship leading 6 wickets were taken at a miserly 8.5 average and 3.92 economy rate.

Maple Green’s Maliha Baig was adjudged the Championhips’Best Fielder. Baig featured in a Tournament high 6 dismissals comprised of three caught behinds, two stumpings and one run-out.

Thirty-six of Canada’s best women’s cricketers participated in the three day Championships, which involved the three teams playing against each other in a T20 round-robin match format. Twenty-four of the participating players were Ontario based, while the remaining were gathered from Cricket Canada’s other Member Provinces.

Performances at the August 13-15, 2021 Canadian National Women’s Cricket Championships will subsequently be used by the National Selection Panel to select the Canada’s team to participate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier to be held later this year. Canada will be competing against Argentina, Brazil and the USA with the top team progressing to the 2022 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament,

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Photo Captions: Miryam Khokhar Tournament MVP; 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships Action!


For further information:

Ingleton Liburd, General Manager Cricket Canada

647 632 4218

ingletonliburd@cricketcanada.org

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2021-08-11

King City Hosts August 13-15 2021 Canadian National Women’s Cricket Championships,

From Friday August 13 to Sunday, August 15, 2021 the turf-wicket pitches of King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club (13811 Dufferin Street) will be the center of attention as Canada’s very best female cricketers vie for competitive honors at the 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships. The first of its kind to be held since 2018.

Thirty-six women’s cricketers will be participating in the Championships, which will involve three teams playing against in other in a T20 round-robin match format. Maple Greens, Orange Oaks and Cedar Blues are the names that have been designated for the three participating teams in the Cricket Canada hosted Championships. 

Three matches will be played on Friday, August 13, two on Saturday August 14 and one on Sunday August 15. The first of Friday’s three matches will be played from 9:30 am to 12-15 pm; the second from 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm and the third from 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm. Saturday’s first match will be played from 12:30 pm - 3:15 pm and the second from 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm. Sunday’s Tournament conclusion match will be played from 9:00 am – 11:45 am.

Of the thirty-six participating players, twenty-four are Ontario based. The remaining twelve have been gathered from Cricket Canada’s other Member Provinces.

Performances at the August 13-15, 2021 Canadian National Women’s Cricket Championships will subsequently be used by the National Selection Panel to select the Canada’s team to participate in next month’s USA hosted ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. The standard of cricket that will be played during the National Championships is therefore expected to be very high standard as all participants will be giving of their very best in order to secure a place on the Canadian squad for the ICC America’s Qualifier.

The 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier is scheduled to be played later this year. The matches will be played as Women's Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is), with the top team progressing to the 2022 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. Argentina, Brazil, Canada and USA will be the four participating countries. The Qualifiers will also be the first time since 2012 that Argentina and Brazil will be competing in an ICC women's event.

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Photo Captions: Hiba Shamshad, One of Canada’s Women’s cricketers.

For further information:

Ingleton Liburd, General Manager Cricket Canada

647 632 4218

ingletonliburd@cricketcanada.org

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