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A career best, undefeated, century by Nicholas Kirton followed by an outstanding spell of off-spin bowling were the highlights of Canada’s massive 204 runs victory over Vanuatu on the penultimate Day 7 of the ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A Round 2 tournament being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. The win in its fifth and final match of the League’s second of three scheduled rounds, gave Canada a perfect 5-0 undefeated record for the tournament. 

Canada’s eventual massive 204 run victory had hardly seemed possible within the first half hour of play, the start of which had been delayed by under-covers seepage from overnight King City rains that had left the pitch needing to be dried out. With the match reduced to a 38 overs per side encounter, Vanuatu’s captain, Andrew Mansale, had absolutely no hesitation in inviting his Canadian hosts to take first strike after winning the toss. 

Mansale’s decision to give his opening bowlers first crack at the obviously still moisture full pitch, seemed to have paid dividends of the highest order. Even before the completion of the first hour of play, Canada had lost its first four wickets with only 34 runs on the scoreboard with eleven overs of the available 38 having been bowled.

By that time Canada had lost both of its openers, Rayyan Pathan (7) falling yet again for another single digit score, as well as their captain and triple centurion from within the competitions first two rounds, Skipper Navi Dhaliwal (10). Matthews Spoors was then given out caught behind by wicket-keeper Jamal Vira after the standing umpire Jermaine Lindo had initially indicated that the down legside headed delivery had missed the edge. Umpire Lindo, however, reversed his decision after his counterpart at square-leg, Emmerson Carrington, signaled to him that the edge had indeed been found.

Spoors’ controversial decision, his second in successive matches, was soon followed by that of wicket-keeper Shreyas Movva, lbw to seamer Apolinaire Stephen for 4. Which left the Canadian innings tottering at 34/4 at the start of the eleventh over (10.1).

A career high, well composed and undefeated century by Nicholas Kirton in partnership with the Salman Nazar’s half-century, however, rescued the Canadian innings from any further disasters. Kirton was at his elegant best, stroking an unbeaten 108 off just 95 balls. His stroke-filled century was punctuated by 5 massive sixes and 7 spanking fours. His driving, especially through the offside, was an absolute joy to behold.

Kirton was admirably supported by the ever-busy Nazar, whose 71 balls half-century (55*) was slightly less hectic including as it did only four boundaries. Upon reaching the coveted landmark, Nazar raised his head, helmet and bat to the heavens in an emotional salute to his beloved father who he had lost a few months ago. He was also visibly further overcome with his emotions at the moment. 

Kirton and Nazar’s fourth-wicket partnership of 155 runs was ended by the latter having to retire hurt with his score on 55. Nazar’s departure, however brought Ravinderpal Singh to the crease. 

The ever-aggressive Singh demonstrated his power-hitting capabilities to their fullest extent striking four colossal sixes and 2 fours in a belligerent 42 that required only 17 balls for its composition. Singh’s timely aggression catapulted the Canadian innings to an imposing 246/4 at its close at the end of the 38 allocated overs.

Vanuatu’s opening bowlers, Apolinaire Stephen 2/34-8 and Nalin Nipiko 2/19-5, were the only wicket-takers, having made effective use of the pitch’s available moisture. None of the other five bowlers used by skipper Mansale, however, were in any way threatening to the Canadian middle-order batsmen, as they all ended with economy rates of in excess of six runs per over.

Perhaps somewhat shell-shocked by the demonstrated belligerence of the Canadian middle-order batting, Vanuatu’s batsmen quickly found themselves floundering, initially in the face of the pacy Guyana-born Canadian seamers Dillon Heyliger and Jeremy Gordon, followed by the guiles of Canada’s spinners Rommel Shahzad and Saad Bin Zafar. Heyliger (2/12-4) made the initial breakthrough having opener Ronald Tari (8) caught smartly by Rommel Shahzad at second slip off the final ball of the sixth over and with the score on 24. 

Once Tari had departed, the resistance offered by Vanuatu’s other batsmen proved to be extremely feeble as the remaining eight available wickets fell in the space of 12 overs for just 18 additional runs. Canada’s lanky off-spinner Rommel Shahzad, appearing in only his second match in National colors proved to be almost unplayable, capturing 4/8-4.3 overs. Saad Bin Zafar 2/2-5 was just as effective as the two Canadian spinners weaved webs around Vanuatu’s hapless batting. The Vanuatu innings closed at the fall of its ninth wicket as the injured Apolinaire Stephen was unable to bat.

The decisive win left Canada positioned at the top of the League’s overall standings with a near perfect record of 18 points from 9 wins and just one loss. Canada’s very healthy net run rate of 2.436 has also provided a major cushion over its rivals for the League’s third and final round of matches. Those will be played in Malaysia, this coming December and from which the winning team will then progress to the 2023 World Cup’s last qualification hurdle to be held in Zimbabwe around the middle of next year.   

Summarized Scores:

Canada 246/4-38/38 ovrs. Nicholas Kirton108*, Salman Nazar 55*(Rt) Ravinderpal Singh 42*; Nalin Nipiko 2/19-5, Apolinaire Stephen 2/34-8.

Vanuatu 42/9 – 17.3 ovrs. Joshua Rasu 10. Rommel Shahzad 4/8-4.3. Saad Bin Zafar 2/2-4, Dillon Heyliger 2/12-4.

Canada won by 204 runs.



Captain Navi Dhaliwal stroked yet another composed century and then snared four outstanding catches to lead his Canadian cricket team to a crushing victory over Qatar as matches continued in the ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A – Round 2 tournament being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. Dhaliwal’s century, his second of the tournament following the 101 he scored against Singapore on Saturday July 30th, was the backbone of Canada’s posted first strike 50 overs total of 274/9. In reply. Qatar’s batsmen found themselves to be at sea against both the express pace of Jeremy Gordon and the left-arm spinning wiles of Salman Nazar. The two Canadian’s scythed through the Qatar innings capturing seven wickets of the ten wickets to fall. 

Having won the toss and elected to bat, skipper Dhaliwal found himself having to do a repair job to his team’s innings after the early loss of his fellow opener Rayyan Pathan (7) who fell in the fourth over (3.3) with the score on 21. Matthew Spoors coming in at three, however, played yet another supportive innings adding 54 with Dhaliwal for the second wicket before becoming the victim of a questionable umpiring decision. 

Struck on the pad by a Mohammed Nadeem delivery that kept somewhat low, Spoors was flabbergasted to see Umpire Mallela raise the dreaded finger. So much so that he visibly questioned the umpire’s decision in manner that could possibly result in an ICC issued reprimand! Spoors’ controversial departure for 15 led to the crease arrival of Nicholas Kirton who had been the top-scoring batting hero of Canada’s July 27 tournament opener victory over Denmark. 

Having suffered the ignominy of a first ball dismissal two days prior, during Canada’s victory over Malaysia, Kirton was almost back to his very best, stroking an elegant 47 balls 37 as his contribution to a 93 run third-wicket partnership with his skipper Dhaliwal. The Canadian captain’s wicket was eventually the fourth to fall, but not before he’d reached his century (103) off of 116 balls with twelve fours included. 

Saad Bin Zafar came and went in a hurry, scoring just 1 before he too exited without an addition to the score. 5/171-36.6 overs might not have been where the Canadians would have envisioned themselves to be at that stage of proceedings. Any worries of a further collapse were, however, effectively thwarted by a 51-run partnership between Harsh Thaker (22) and Ravinderpaul Singh (56*) for the sixth wicket. 

Singh’s valuable innings was punctuated by three massive sixes and two fours as his legendary power-hitting talents finally came to the fore for the very first time in the tournament. There were further losses of the wickets of Dillon Heyliger (10), brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by the diving Assad Borham for what has surely been thus far the catch of the tournament, Shreyas Movva (10) and Salman Nazar (1) via the run-out route off the very last ball of the innings which closed with the Canadian score on 274/9-50 overs.

Set a challenging but by no means insurmountable 275 for victory off the allocated 50 overs, Qatar’s response got off to an almost identical start as Canada’s. Qatar’s first wicket, that of Akash Babu (11) smartly caught by Canadian skipper Dhaliwal at slip off the bowling of Jeremey Gordon, fell with the score on 21 after 3.3 overs. As indicated almost identical and just a singe shy of Canada’s 1/21-3.3 first wicket loss.

The loss of Qatar’s second wicket at 67 after 13.4 overs was also not at all dissimilar to Canada’s which had occurred on 75 after 17.6 overs. There were no further similarities for the remainder of the Qatari response, however, as wickets crumbled in a heap in the face of Jeremy Gordon’s highly uncomfortable express pace. Well supported as it was by Salman Nazar’s clever left-arm spin. 

There were six single digit scores as Qatar lost eight wickets in the space of twelve overs for only an additional 31 runs! Zaheer Ibrahim’s 36 balls 34 was the only resistance of note as the Qatar crumbled to an eventual massive 184 runs defeat.

Gordon claimed 4/22-6, while Nazar chipped in with 3/37-5.5. There were also single wicket hauls for Harsh Thaker 1/6-4 and Saad Bin Zafar 1/25-8 as well as a run out via a direct hit throw from point by the diving Matthew Spoors as a final just reward for his demonstrated electrifying fielding in each and every one of the matches Canada has played in the tournament thus far.

Canada’s outstanding tournament fielding was even further emphasized by Skipper Dhaliwal’s slip catching. The Canadian captain snared four victims standing at slip with catches that were at times breathtaking. Leading from the front in setting fielding standards that have been no less as lofty as those of his twin centuries punctuated batting.


Summarized Scores:

Canada 274/9-50 ovrs. Navneet Dhaliwal 103, Ravinderpal Singh 56, Nicholas Kirton 37. Mohammed Nadeem 3/41-10, Muhammed Murad 3/47-9.

Qatar 91/10- 25.5 ovrs. Zaheer Ibrahim 34. Jeremy Gordon 4/22-6, Salman Nazar 3/27-5.5

Canada won by 184 runs.



Hosts Canada’s triumphant march towards ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A Round 2 glory continued on Sunday July 31 with crushing 121 runs win over Malaysia. Man-of-the Match Saad Bin Zafar’s five-for, 5/31-8.3, the second to be recorded by a Canadian player during the tournament following Dilon Heyliger’s 5/34-8 in the hosts’ July 27 opening encounter against Denmark, was the difference-maker in the match.

Replying to Canada’s posted first-strike total of 239/8-50 overs, Malaysia’s batsmen proved themselves to be cluelessly at sea against Zafar’s left-arm spinning wiles. Once he had been introduced to the attack the impressively experienced Zafar carved through the Malaysian bating like a hot knife through butter, taking wickets with increasing regularity as the visitors and impending hosts for the tournament’s forthcoming deciding Round 3 later this year collapsed in a heap to be all out for 118 in under 30 overs (29.3).

Earlier, Canada had reached its posted 50 overs total of 239/8 thanks mainly to a matured unbeaten 57 by the 24-year-old Harsh Thaker. Dropped at point before he’d scored, Thaker corrected the error of his early innings attempted aggression with a composed 72 balls half-century that was punctuated by just five fours. 

Thaker’s half-century was built upon the foundation that been laid by a second-wicket partnership of 41 between Rayyan Pathan (49) and Matthew Spoors (23) following the early loss of second-match centurion skipper Navneet Dhaliwal. The Canadian captain perished early, falling for just 8 with the score on 15.

Following his failures in both of Canada’s two previous matches, Pathan demonstrated his intent to get back amongst the runs controlling his natural aggression in compiling a composed 49 that was made off of 54 balls including just one six and a half-dozen fours. His eventual dismissal, agonizingly one run short of what would have been a most deserved half-century, was the direct result if his having been stuck at the non-strikers end on 49 for no less than five overs. During that time Pathan could only stand as a hapless witness to the ongoing struggles of the Canadian’s wicket-keeper batsman Shreyas Movva who proved to be far more successfully at jockeying the strike at the end of each over than he was at scoring at any acceptable rate. 

Movva posted 39 that included three fours. His eventual dismissal, as the fifth Canadian wicket to fall and with the score on 153 after 32.2 overs opened the door for the aggressive intentions of Thaker and eventually Dilon Heyliger. The burly Heyliger was almost at his belligerent best striking two massive sixes and one four in an unbeaten 28 that only required 19 balls, and which gave the Canadian innings just the impetus that was needed in its final overs.  

Summarized Scores:

Canada 239/8-50 ovrs. Harsh Thaker 57*, Rayyan Pathan 49, Dhivendarn Mogan 2/29-4.

Malaysia 118/10/29.3 ovrs. Sarvin Munlandy 48. Saad Bin Zafar 5/31-8.3, Salman Nazar 2/15-8, Jeremy Gordon 2/27-6.

Canada won by 118 runs.



Canada crushed arch-rivals Singapore by six wickets when the two ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A points table leaders clashed on July 30 during the tournament’s second round matches being played at Ontario’s King City-based Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The Canadians were led to victory by a composed unbeaten century (100+) from their captain Navneet Dhaliwal.

Opening the batting, Dhaliwal safely piloted his team’s response to Singapore’s posted modest first innings total of 188/10 after the Canadians had suffered the early third-over loss of Rayyan Pathan (1). Attempting an ill-advised cut shot off the bowling of Singapore’s skipper Amjad Mahmood, who he was facing for the first time, Pathan succeeded only in stroking the ball straight into the hands of the diving fielder at point to be sent packing with the Canadian score on just 3. 

Dhaliwal’s unbeaten century which included 12 fours and required only 103 balls for its construction, however, proved to be an impenetrable wall of resistance to any hopes Singapore might have held for a come-from-behind victory. Following the obvious inadequacy of their posted first innings total.

The damage created by the early loss of Pathan’s prized wicket was easily repaired by a second-wicket partnership of 62 between Dhaliwal and Matthew Spoors. The Alberta based Spoors struck a polished 27 off of 37 balls and seemed destined for a much higher score. He was, however, cleverly deceived by the spinning wiles of Paaram, falling all over his attempted forward defensive push to a well flighted delivery only to completely lose his balance in falling out of his crease. Singapore’s wicket-keeper Manpreet Singh effected the required smart stumping that sent Spoors on his way back to the pavilion.

Nicholas Kirton, who had featured as Canada’s batting hero in its opening match victory against Denmark, then became the second successive victim of Param’s left arm spinning wiles. Kirton was struck plumb in front first ball to be adjudged lbw, playing back when he might have been much better served going forward to a delivery which kept low. Kirton was gone for naught, and the Canadian innings was suddenly tottering on 66/3 in the 15th (14.4) over. 

Varun Sehdev, who had under-performed with the bat against Denmark having scored only 1, however, not only prevented Paaram from achieving a hat-trick but then also combined with his skipper Dhaliwal in a 73-runs partnership for the fifth wicket that deflated Singapore’s rekindled hopes of an unlikely victory. After an understandably nervous start, Sehdev compiled a sedate 32 off of 60 balls to take the Canadians well within reach of their victory target.

Sehdev departed off the final ball of the 31st over, bowled by Baskaran. His exit, however, only prompted the arrival of Shreyas Movva, the dynamo Canadian wicket-keeper batsman whose belligerent 16-balls 35 runs cameo had seen his team home to victory against Denmark. 

Movva (19*) was far more subdued in his second crease appearance, content to play second-fiddle to his captain Dhaliwal’s march towards his coveted unbeaten century. Movva, however, had the honor of clinching the victory smashing the second ball of the 41st over for four to give Canada the very crushing win by 6 wickets with 52 balls still remaining.

As the dejected Singaporeans trudged off of the King City field, their primary thoughts must have been about the demonstrated inadequacies of their batting in posting a first innings total of 188/10 – 50 overs. That was never going to be sufficient against Canada’s very strong batting. 

Anish Paaram’s 57 and opener Rohan Rangaram’s 49 were the only scores of note as Singapore’s batsmen found the generated heat of Canada’s Guyana-born duo Jeremy Gordon and Dilon Heyliger, a bit too hot to handle. Gordon 2/40-9 and Heyliger 2/44-8.2 both troubled almost all of Singapore’s batsmen with their at-times express pace and steep bounce. 

Canada’s third seamer, Ammar Khalid also chipped in with 1/21-4 and while the seamers were combing to capture half of Singapore’s wickets at one end, the spinners were doing almost the same exact job at the other. Saad Bin Zafar 1/21-10, Varun Sehdev 1/22-8 and Salman Nazar 1/29-10 each provided valuable support to a combined, very clinical, Canadian bowling performance of which recently appointed Head Coach Pubudu Dassanayake would have been justifiably extremely proud.

Summarized Scores:

Singapore 188/10-50 ovrs. Anish Paaram 57, Rohan Rangaram 49. Jeremy Gordon 2/40-9, Dilon Heyliger 2/44-8.2

Canada 190/4-41.2 ovrs. Navneet Dhaliwal 100*, Varun Sehdev 32. Anish Paaram 2/23-4.

Canada won by 6 wickets with 52 balls remaining.



Canada lost to Hong Kong in their fourth match at the WC T20 qualifier today, falling well short of a 151 run target. Canada had won their first three matches but now fall to second place in their group on net run rate. They play Oman, now in 1st place, in their next match. 

Hong Kong batted first after winning the toss. They got off to a fast start but then three wickets in 7 balls slowed their progress - Jeremy Gordon made the initial breakthrough, then Saad Bin Zafar had Aizaz Khan caught, and captain Navneet Dhaliwal ran out Ahsan Abbasi. After 10 overs, Hong Kong were 58/3. Nitish Kumar broke the 4th wicket partnership, taking 1/18 in four overs as Canada's spinners bowled tightly in the middle overs. Man of the match Kinchit Shah (59*) hit well, and Canada needed 151 to win.

Canada lost both openers for 17 runs when they started their reply, and struggled  against tight bowling and fielding falling well behind the required run rate. Seven batsman got to double figures but the top score was 20 from Rizwan Cheema as Canada lost by 32 runs. 




Canada beat Nigeria by 50 runs in their second match of the ICC WC T20 qualifier today in Abu Dhabi. Canada now top their group on net run rate and are the only unbeaten team. Nitish Kumar and Hamza Tariq srarrted with the bat, and Dillon Heyliger took three wickets. 

Canada  batted first, and found scoring difficult against a disciplined Nigerian attack and with a big playing surface making boundaries challenging. A number of bats got a start but only  Nitish Kumar (57*) built a decent innings. Canada were 112/6 in the 17th over, but then Hamza Tariq slammed 33 from 16 balls to take them to a decent total of 159/7. 

Dillon Heyliger and Jeremy Gordon unsettled the Nigerian openers with some genuine pace, with Heyliger taking two wickets to good catches in the deep. The Canadian spinners took control in the middle overs (Saad Bin Zafar with 2 wickets) and helped by a sharp run out, Nigeria lost wickets and fell well behind the run rate. They batted out their overs, making 109/8. 

Gordon bowled his 4 overs for just 12 runs, Saad bin Zafar took 2/25, and Heyliger, with another wicket in the last over, took 3/16. 


Canada have 4 points from two matches, tied with UAE, Ireland and Oman but top the table on net run rate. Canada face a real test on Wednesday, when they take on Ireland.



Canada got their tournament off to an excellent start with a 53 run win over Jersey. Rodrigo Thomas and Navneet Dhaliwal put on 50 for the first wicket but then Nitish Kumar took over with a powerful innings of 83 from just 36 balls. He hit six sixes and four fours. Canada made 176/5 from their 20 overs. The Canadian pacers had Jersey on the back foot from the start, Jeremy Gordon taking a wicket with his second ball, and Dillon Heyliger taking two wickets as Jersey fell to 37/3. The spinners took over, restricting the run rate in the middle overs, and then Jeremy Gordon finished off the innings, Jersey bowled out for 123 in 17 overs. Gordon took 3/14 and Heyliger 3/20. 

Canada's next match is against Nigeria on Monday. 


ICC highlights



Canada's preparations for the upcoming WC T20 qualifying tournament continued werll today as they beat Kenya in Dubai. Canada batted first and put 191 for 8 on the board, Nicholas Kirton top-scoring with 61, and Navneet Dhaliwal making 46. 

Canada used eight bowlers in all, Jeremy Gordon leading the way with 3/27, as the Kenyans were restricted to 165/8, giving Canada a 26 run win. 

The tournament proper starts on Thursday, but Canada will wait until Sunday for their first match, taking on Jersey. 





October 11 – November 2, 2019

Team: Canada

 Name Playing RoleProvince
1Navneet Dhaliwal - CaptainRHB/RMFOntario
2Abraash KhanRHB/RMFOntario
3Dilon HeyligerRMF/RHBOntario
4Hamza TariqWK/BATAlberta
5Jeremy GordonRMFOntario
6Junaid SiddiquiRLGOntario
7Nicholas KirtonLHB/ROSOntario
8Nikhil DuttaROS/RHBOntario
9Nitish KumarRHB/ROSOntario
10Ravinderpal SinghRHBBritish Columbia
11Rizwan CheemaRHBOntario
12Rodrigo ThomasLHBOntario
13Romesh ErangaLMFAlberta
14Saad ZafarLOS/LHBOntario
15Srimantha WijeyeratneWK/BATOntario

Management Staff

Mike Sharma – Manager

Ingleton Liburd – Head Coach

Henry Osinde – Asst. Coach

Daulat Khan – Asst. Coach/Analyst

Mohin Vadiwala - Physio

Canada plays  Singapore in a practice match on October 14, and Kenya on October 15. They open the tournament against Jersey on 20 October. 

Full fixtures



This year's Global T20 features higher Canadian participation and this was demonstrated in the opening match between last year's champions, the Vancouver Knights, and the Toronto Nationals. Much of the attention was on the superstars- Yurav Singh, Brendon McCallum, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but Canadian players played a major part in the match.

Rodrigo Thomas was joint top-scorer for the Toronto squad with 41, and Rizwan Cheema had Yurav Singh stumped in his only over. Saad Bin Zafar took 2/7 in two overs, as the Nationals made 159/5.

Another high profile player fell to a Canadian bowler, as Mark Montford bowled Chris Gayle- Toronto's bowling attack featured three Canadians in the first four bowlers used - Montford, Jeremy Gordon and Salman Nazar. However the honours went to New Zealander Walton and south African van der  Dussen who put on 126 to earn the Knights an 8 wicket win.



Congratulations to the 30 Canadians drafted by clubs in the Global T20 League, to be played in Brampton, July 25-August 11. They are:

Toronto Nationals 
Jeremy Gordon
Ravinderpal Singh
Salman Nazar
Mark Montford
Rodrigo Thomas

Vancouver Knights
Saad Bin Zafar
Rizwan Cheema
Rayaan Pathan
Harsh Thaker
Matthew Nandu

Winnipeg Hawks 
Hamza Tariq
Sana Kaleem
Umair Ghani
Romesh Eranga
Varun Sehdev

Edmonton Royals
Davy Jacobs
Navneet Dhaliwal
Satsimranjit Dhindsa
Aakash Gill
Shahid Ahmadzai

Montreal Tigers 
Dillon Heyliger
Nikhil Dutta
Bupinder Singh
Arslan Khan
Ashton Deosammy

Brampton Wolves 
Nitish Kumar
Aabrash Khan
Arman Kapoor
Faisal Jamkhandi
Nawab Singh

By agreement with Cricket Canada, each team must have five Canadian qualified players in their squad.