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2022-07-13

A sensational tie requiring a result determining super over was the highlight of an eventful second day at the 2022 Canadian National t20 Championships being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Alberta (15/0 -1) was the eventual Super Over victor over Manitoba (9/1-1) after the two sides had ended with tied scores at the conclusion of their respective allocated 20 overs.

Batting first Manitoba had posted 171/8 off its 20 overs with Jatinder Matharu (41), Shivam Sharma (34) and Kamaljot Romana (34) as the main contributors. Bowling for Alberta, Rommel Shazad continued to impress, capturing 3/28 off his four allocated overs.

Chasing a victory target of 172, Alberta lost an early wicket off the second ball of the very first over, Gurnderjit Sidhu lbw to Kamal Mangli without scoring. Canadian National Team Opener Matthew Spoors (34) and Yasoob Haq (50), however, stabilized the innings by adding 63 for the second wicket. Spoors’ breezy 34, made off of 22 balls, was punctuated by 6 fours. Haq faced 35 balls in compiling his exact half century which included 1 six and 6 fours.

Alberta’s victory chase slipped from 65/2 after 7.1 overs to 128/6 in 15.3 as five wickets fell for an additional 63 runs in just eight overs. Sukhdeep Brar, however, played an important 17 balls cameo of 31 not out, with 1 six and 2 fours, to help Alberta reach 171/7 at the conclusion of the 20th over.

The tie-breaking Super Over which followed proved to be somewhat anti-climatic. Manitoba chasing the single over 16 runs victory target set by Alberta managed to get only tw0-thirds of the way, scoring just 9, to lose by 6 runs.

Alberta’s dramatic victory maintained both their unbeaten record of two wins from as many matches played and second place standing in the Group B points table behind leaders Ontario. The tournament hosts had earlier coasted to yet another comfortable victory, easily overcoming PEI by 10 wickets in a match that was unfortunately reduced to just 11 overs by over two hours of intermittent rain.

Taking first strike PEI only managed to post 56/9 off its 11 allowable overs. Arth Darji (17) and Manny Dhaliwal (12) were the only batsmen to reach double figures as wickets fell in fairly rapid succession to some very disciplined Ontario bowling, supported as it was by a few spectacularly outstanding catches. As the pick of the Ontario bowlers, Salman Nazar (3/6-2), was very well supported by Kairav Sharma (2/13-2) and Dilon Heyliger (2/14-2).  

Chasing 57 for victory, Ontario’s openers Shubham Sharma (31) and Nicholas Manohar (24*) made short work of the target. Comfortably posting 58/0 in five overs and one ball to win by 10 wickets with 35 balls to spare.

Ontario’s victory, the third from as many matches, has virtually secured its spot in the July 14th scheduled playoffs, as one of Group B’s now unsurpassable top two teams. So too has British Columbia (BC) in Group A. As a result of their equally comfortable 7 wickets victory in their similarly rain affected match against Newfoundland, BC has also maintained its 3-0 perfect record at the top of the Group A points table.

The rain showers that had affected the Ontario-PEI fixture had a slightly greater effect on the BC-Newfoundland match reducing it to a 10 overs per side affair. The bowling of Newab Singh (3/6-2) and Navjot Desanj (3/10-2) proved to be too much of a proposition for Newfoundland’s batsmen, eight of whom fell for single digit scores. Opener Ranvir Singh Rana (27) was the only batsman to reach double figures as the Newfoundlanders followed each other from and to the pavilion in quick procession. 

Requiring 68 for victory, BC recovered from the early loss of Gurnek Johal, bowled by Nick Baxter for two off the fourth ball of the very first over, to eventually reach their target. BC posted 68/3 in nine overs to win by 7 wickets with one over still remaining.

Earlier in the day Quebec had also maintained its perfect Group A 2-0 record with a 23-run victory over Saskatchewan. Quebec’s posted 120/10-19.1 overs proved too high a mountain to climb for Saskatchewan’s batsman who only managed to reach 97/9 at the end of their 20 overs. Suraj Ramkissoon (3/14-4) and Ramki Gangasani (3/21-4) were Quebec’s main wicket-takers. 

Having started the tournament’s second day with a loss, Saskatchewan however ended it on a far more positive note in securing an eight-wicket victory over New Brunswick. Having dismissed New Brunswick for 103 in 17.4 overs, Saskatchewan easily reached its 104-run victory target in only 12.2 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Sarmad Anwar (3/14-3.4) had been the bowling hero in Saskatchewan’s demolition of the New Brunswick innings. Saskatchewan’s successful victory chase was piloted by contributions from Wajid Khan (35), Harpartap Sanfhu (27*) and Imran Khan (23*).

The Championship’s July 13 Day 3 matches will feature Quebec vs New Brunswick, Nova Scotia vs Alberta, Newfoundland vs Saskatchewan, PEI vs Manitoba, British Columbia (BC) vs Quebec and Ontario vs Alberta. The BC vs Quebec and Ontario vs Alberta matches will determine the final top two placings in each for both Groups, A and B as well as the participants for the respective July 14 first and second semi-finals.

The fixtures and results from all matches can be viewed on the Cricket Canada App. 

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2022-07-12

British Columbia (BC) and Ontario both secured double victories in Canada National T20 Championships opening day fixtures to race to the top of their respective Group standings with perfect records of two wins from as many matches played. Teams from all ten of Cricket Canada’s Member Provinces, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan are competing for National T20 Championship honours in the July 11-15, 2022 tournament being held at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

British Columbia (214/4-20) got its Group A campaign off to a perfect start, strolling to a comfortable 53 runs victory in its opening encounter against New Brunswick (161/7-20). BC, however, faced a much sterner challenge from Saskatchewan who came very close to staging the tournament’s first major upset. Responding to Saskatchewan’s posted total of 111/8-20. BC found the going tough, losing key wickets at regular intervals before their ninth-wicket two Singhs combination: Ravinderpal (13*) and Newah (1*), eventually saw them home to victory.

In the other Group A opening day match, Newfoundland (112/6-20) proved to be no match for Quebec (113/0-20) losing by 10 wickets. The victory left Quebec with an also perfect record of one win from its only Day 1 match.

While BC was asserting its Group A dominance, Ontario was doing much the same in Group by registering almost lopsided victories in both of its opening day matches.  A 105 runs century opening stand between Shubham Sharma (55) and Rayyan Pathan (47) was the foundation for Ontario’s very comfortable 68 runs victory over Nova Scotia in its opening fixture. 

Batting first Ontario posted 158/3 off its 20 overs, the innings piloted by Sharma’s half-century which was made off just 37 balls with one six and 8 fours. Pathan’s 47 was somewhat less aggressive, requiring 48 balls and including 7 boundaries. 

Chasing a 159-run victory target at a required run rate of just under 8 runs per over, Nova Scotia was never in the hunt getting off to a disastrous start losing their first three wickets, Amit Joshi (4), Neel Patel (4) and Daksh Talwar (0) within the first two overs with only 8 runs on the board. Further wickets fell at regular intervals until the Nova Scotians were eventually bundled out for 89. Losing their final wicket off the fourth ball of the 20th over to fall 69 runs short of their victory target.

Ontario’s second opening day match, against Manitoba, yielded a similarly comfortable victory for the tournament hosts. Batting first Ontario posted an impressive 183/3-20 on the back of Rayyan Pathan’s belligerent 55 balls 86 which included 4 sixes and 8 fours. Armaan Kapoor also chipped in with 51 that was made off of 35 balls, with 2 sixes and 4 fours.

In reply Manitoba, despite Vasu Shah’s 60 balls 67 which included 2 sixes and 5 fours, found Ontario’s bowling attack led by Canadian National pacer Dilon Heyliger (3/23-3) too difficult a proposition. Only managing to reach 119/8 at the end of the allocated 20 overs to fall short of their target by 64 runs.

The Championship’s opening day matches produced half centuries from Ontario’s Rayyan Pathan (88), his teammates Shubham Shama (55) and Armaan Kapoor (51), Quebec’s Yashwanath Reddy (73), New Brunswick’s Divank Satwani (71), BC’s Bhupinder Singh (69), Manitoba’s Vasu Shah (67) and Newfoundland’s Manik Arora (55). Among the bowlers British Columbia’s Aaron Johnson had the day’s very best figures of 4/12-2. There were also three wickets hauls for Saskatchewan’s Sarmad Anwar (3/14-4), Alberta’s Rommel Shahzad (3/18-4) and Ontario’s Dilon Heyliger (3/23-3).

The Championships will continue with its July 12 Day 2 fixtures featuring six matches: Quebec vs Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia vs Manitoba, Newfoundland vs British Columbia, PEI vs Ontario, New Brunswick vs Saskatchewan, and Alberta vs Manitoba. The fixtures, results and statistics for all matches are available on the Cricket Canada App.      

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2022-07-07

Stand-in wicket-keeper Shreyas Movva’s unbeaten half-century proved to be the difference-maker as Canada recovered from a shaky start to secure a comfortable 83 runs victory over the visiting Nepal in the July 6th friendly 50 overs match played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Movva’s 50 balls 50, which included 2 sixes and 3 fours, rescued the Canadian innings from a perilous position of 118-9 (39 overs) to an eventual 50 overs total off 188/9. It was a total that would prove to be too high a mountain to climb for Nepal’s batsmen, who folded easily to be all out for 105 in the 40th over (39.2).

In front of a lively crowd of scores of their Canadian-Nepalese community supporters, Nepal won the toss and invited Canada to bat at the start of the second of two scheduled friendly encounters between the rival International Cricket Council Associate Member countries. Persistent rain had completely washed out the previous day’s, July 5th first match, that had also been scheduled to be played at King City.

Nepal’s decision to field first seemed to have paid off immediate dividends when Canada’s current National batting star, Rayyan Pathan was out bowled by Kishor Mahato for just 1 off the fourth ball of the very first over. Following Pathan’s shock dismissal newcomer opener Aaron Johnson, making his very first appearance in Canadian National colours, however, staged a minor recovery by adding 39 with Bhupinder Singh for the second wicket.

Singh’s departure, bowled by Mohamad Alam for 10 at the start of the 11th over, however, triggered a mini procession as further wickets fell with increasing regularity as Canada slumped to 118-9 by the start of the 30th over. Johnson became the first of Nepal’s now internationally famous captain Sandeep Lamichhane’s 3 victims, lbw for 44 (55 balls, 8 fours). He was quickly followed by the dismissals of Akhil Kumar (12), Harsh Thaker (0), Udaybir Wallia (16), stand-in captain Saad Bin Zafar (3), Armaan Kapoor (10) and Salman Nazar (0) as six further wickets fell in the space of 28 overs for just an additional 75 runs.

Movvas batting alongside the obviously much better talented than an average number 10 Ammar Khalid, then rescued the innings with a boundary studded unbeaten 10th wicket 70 runs partnership. Khalid’s 38 balls 30* included 1 six and 3 fours.

Bowling for Nepal skipper Lamichhane was, as expected, the main wicket-taker capturing 3/31 from his 10 allocated overs. He was ably supported by Dipendra Airee who took 2/33-9.

Chasing a very gettable 189 runs victory target at a comfortable required run rate of just about 4 runs per over, Nepal was never even in the chase. The Canadian bowling attack of Ammar Khalid (2/13-6), Salman Nazar (2/31-9.2), Rommel Shahzad (2/35-10), Saad Zafar (2/13-6) and Harsh Thaker (2/13-8) proved too effective a combination, completely bundling out the entire Nepal innings for just 105 runs in 39 overs. There were two ducks among five single digit scores in the Nepal innings for which Dev Khanal’s paltry 26 was the top score.

The Canadian team’s resounding victory over Nepal should serve as a most timely morale booster as it prepares for its July 25th – August 7, 2022 hosting of the ICC’s Challenge League 2023 World Cup Qualifier. Canada will play hosts to Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Vanuatu and Singapore during the two-week tournament, all matches for which will be played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

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2022-06-18

Cricket Manitoba will be the hosts for the 2022 Western John Ross Robertson Clubs Championships matches over the July 18-19 weekend. Four representative Club teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and hosts Manitoba will participate in the tournament’s scheduled June 18-19 matches.

Manitoba’s Assiniboine cricket grounds will serve as the venue for the scheduled matches. Alberta will challenge British Columbia at Assiniboine Centre. Over at Assiniboine North Manitoba and Saskatchewan will face each other. Both matches will start simultaneously at 12 noon and will be live streamed.

Alberta’s representative Club team, the Ginny Memorial Sports Academy (GMSA), will be led by Davinder Dhanda. GMSA’s remaining squad members will be Gurinder Thandi, Simran Dhaliwal, Rattan Singh Saggu, Bhupinder Kumar (wkpr), Satjit Gill, Simranjit Singh, Muninder Pal Singh Bhogal, Jasmandeep Pandheer, Karan Thandi, Amripal Brar, and Jatinder Purewal.

Abbotsford Cricket Club, one of British Columbia’s oldest clubs, will be that Province’s reprepresentative for the 2022 JRR Championships. Led by Jimmy Hansra, Abbotsford’s 13 member roster will also include Gurtej Brar, Tajinder Dhillon, Vatsal Shah, Sunikumar Prajapati, Dhruvalkumar Patel, Sudheer Kommi, wicket-keeper Bharat Arora, Harman, Rai Parvinder Sharma, Gursewak Sohi, Ashpreet Singh and Kumwarveer Raina.

As Saskatchewan’s representative, the Sakatoon Warriors will be led by Gangadeep Singh. The Warriors’ remaining members will be Harry Sandhu (V. Capt) Derreck Kolla, Jabir Hassan, Joy Sareen, Manpreet Kaisi, Awais Ahmed, Tarak Chaudhari, Sahil Ahuja, Rishi Vashisht, Harpreet Mangat, Pratik Shah, Tapan Dave and Achal Shah.

Rounding out the tournaments’ four participating teams will be hosts Manitoba which will be represented by the Jatinder Matharu led Cosmos. Canadian National Men’s Team member Amarinder Dhillon will also be feature prominently within the Cosmos’ roster the remaining members of which will be Arvinder Jabal, Avaljit Sandhu, Kamaljot Singh Romana, Manpreet Buttar, Rjinder Mangli, Raza Ali, Shivam Sharma, Trevor Manoosingh, and Vasu Shah as its Vice Captain and wicketkeeper. Cosmos’ roster will also include four reserve substitute players: Kevin Darji, Amardeep Dhillon, Vaighav Patel and Maryo John. The squad will be managed by Ray Ramrattan. 

As one of cricket’s oldest existing championships, the John Ross Robertson Trophy, which began as far back as 1910, is awarded annually to the top club in Canada. Currently the tournament is played in two divisions for representative club teams from Eastern and Western Canada at the conclusion of which joint champions are decided.

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