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Super Over Win Leads Prairies To Championship Title Ahead Of Ontario Fire!

Prairies emerged as the 2022 Canadian National T20 Women’s Champions, thanks to a super over victory against Ontario Fire after the teams had played to a tie in their final round robin encounter of the five-day tournament, all matches for which were played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. In a super exciting seesaw eight and final tournament match for both teams, Ontario Fire just barely failed to maintain is unbeaten run, managing only to tie the Prairies posted score of 130/7 in the last over of their allocated twenty. It was a shortcoming for which Ontario Fire eventually paid the ultimate price as the Prairies comfortably won the ensuing super over, easily surpassing the 12 runs they had been set victory by their host province opponents who up until then had played unbeaten throughout the championships. Prairies emerged as tournament champions, thanks to a superior net run rate after both teams had ended the round-robin play with identical 7-1 win-loss records.

Batting first in the tournament’s deciding last match, Prairies had posted a challenging 130/6 in its 20 overs. The Kaurs, Amarpal (43) and Arunimaa (31) were once again among the runs, while Prairies’ tournament leading run-scorers Divya Saxena (22) and Danielle McGahey (19) were most atypically merely modest contributors. For Ontario Fire, Skipper Hiba Shamshad had the best bowling figures of 2/16-3, while Vandana Mahajan took 2/27 from her four overs.

Chasing 131 for a victory which would have maintained their unbeaten perfect win-loss record and by so doing also provided outright championship title honors, Ontario Fire’s batters faltered, losing wickets at crucial stages of their innings. Opener Rhea Misra was at her very best superbly piloting the innings in scoring 73 off of only 54 balls. She was, however, senselessly run out attempting a second run off the fifth ball of the final over, when at that stage only three more runs were needed for victory. As it was Ontario Fire’s eight-wicket pair of Kainat Qazi (5) and Srishti Raha (1) managed to get only one of the two runs that were required to secure the win from the last ball of the twentieth over. The match thereby ending in a tie with the scores of both teams level on 130.

In the deciding Super Over, Ontario Fire perhaps blundered choosing to send Vandana Mahajan to open instead of Terisha Bess Lavia. Mahajan lasted only one ball as she was dismissed caught behind by McGahey without scoring off Amarpal Kaur’s bowling. At the end of the over Lavia and Achini Perera were both not out on 5 in Ontario Fire’s posted total of 12.

McGahey struck successive fours of the first two balls of Vandana Mahajan’s bowling to get the Prairies response off to most positive start. She then combined with Amarpal Kaur to comfortably take five singles from the remaining four to easily secure the 13 runs needed for Prairies to clinch the title to the delight of their teammates and to the abject disappointment of all of the host Province Ontario Heat’s management staff and supporters.

Summarized Scores:

Prairies 130/6 -20 Ovrs. Amarpal Kaur 43, Arunimaa Kaur 31. Hiba Shamshad 2/16-2, Vandana Mahajan 2/27-4.

Ontario Fire 130.7 – 20 Ovrs. Rhea Misra 73. Rahul Pannu 2/22-4, Arunimaa Kaur 2/32-4.

Scores Tied.

Super Over:

Ontario Fire 12/1-1. Achini Perera 5, Terisha Bess Lavia 5/

Prairies 13/0-1. Danielle McGahey 12.

Prairies won the Super Over.

Earlier in the day, the tournament’s final matches had gotten off to a sedate start that was far removed from all the tied scores and super overs drama that was to follow. Co-hosts Ontario Heat started Day Five with a comfortable eight-wickets win over points table cellar-dwellers Atlantic Canada. Ontario Heat’s batters encountered no challenges whatsoever in easily overhauling Atlantic Canada’s posed first-strike, twenty overs, total of 68/8 for which there were only two double-digit scores. Alex Lussier (18) and Rey Blais (13) were the only batters to reach double-figures. 

Bowling for Ontario Heat, Skipper Saniyah Zia led from the front with figures of 3/2-2. In support, Rabbyjot Rajput once again defied her youthful age to post impressive figures of 3/15-4 as Ontario Fire’s second most successful bowler. 

Rajput’s returns took her tournament wickets tally to eleven just three behind Sonali Vig’s fourteen as the highest wicket-taker. For someone that young, the fourteen-year-old Rajput’s tournament performance was as impressive as it was encouraging. She has definitely placed her marker and staked a claim for Canadian National Women’s Senior team selection in the very near and foreseeable future.

Sunita Dinakar (20) and Habeeba Bader (13) were the top scorers as Ontario Heat easily surpassed the 69 runs victory target they had been set by Atlantic Canada. Only 8.2 overs were required by Ontario Heat’s batters to achieve their victory.

Summarized Scores:

Atlantic Canada 68/8-20 Ovrs. Alex Lussier 18, Rey Blais 13. Sanjiyah Zia 3/2-2, Rabbyjot Rajput 3/15-4.

Ontario Heat 71/2-8.2 Ovrs. Sunita Dinakar 20, Habbeb Bader 13.

Ontario Heat won by 8 wickets.

British Columbia (BC) almost derailed the Prairies championship title hopes, losing narrowly by just two wickets when the two teams met in the second opening match of the fifth and final day. Excellent bowling by Pahul Pannu 3/14-4 and Amarpal Kaur 2/5-3, restricted BC to a posted first-strike twenty overs total of 84/7 that was highlighted by Mukwhinder Gill’s forty-four balls 45. 

That hardly seemed to be that much of challenge for Prairies very strong batting. Their batters, however, struggled surprisingly in reply posting 89/8 off 12.3 overs. Between them Divya Saxena 38 and Danielle McGahey 25 not out contributed 63 off those 89 runs as there were three ducks and as many scores below five among the remaining batters. Mannat Hundal 3/21-4, Mukhwinder Gill 2/19-3 and Sonali Vig 2/25-3 were the main wicket-takers for BC in its valiant attempt at victory.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 84/7-20 Ovrs. Mukwhinder Gill 45. Pahul Pannu 3/14-4, Amarpal Kaur 2/5-3.

Prairies 89/8 – 12.3 Ovrs. Divya Saxena 38, Danielle McGahey 25*

Prairies won by 2 wickets.  

Fittingly, while the tournament’s top two teams, eventual champions Prairies and almost perfect Ontario Fire, were battling it out for final outcome honors the two points table bottom dwellers British Columbia (BC) and Atlantic Province were engaged in a similar battle at the other end of the standings. BC, however, maintained its dominance cruising to a comfortable 8 wickets win over Atlantic Canada whose tournament ended without a single victory and with losses in each and every one of its eight matches played.

Batting first, Atlantic Canada were dismissed for 95 in 19/3 overs. Rey Blais ended her fine tournament with an aggressive 23 balls 47 that was just three runs short of what would have been a most deserving half-century. Alex Lussier’s 19 was the only other contribution of note, as Atlantic Canada’s remaining batters wilted in the face of BC’s varied bowling attack. Mukwhinder Gill 2/18-4 was the highest wicket-taker.

Atlantic Canada’s hopes of a final match sneak victory must have been soaring after Diya Trivedi’s dramatic dismissal of BC opener Rashi Allot and number three batter Tami Vaidyanathan for successive ducks off the first two balls of her opening over. Any such hopes were, however, just as quickly permanently doused as Sadia Razique 35 not out and Sonali Vig 46 also undefeated, then featured in an unbroken third wicket partnership of 96 to make light work of that twenty-overs total that had been set before them. The two BC batters cruised to victory, scoring 99/2 in just 11.1 overs.

Summarized Scores

Atlantic Canada 95/10-19.3 Ovrs. Rey Blais 47, Alex Lussier 19. Mukhwinder Gill 2/18-4.

British Columbia 99/2. Sonali Vig 46, Sadia Razique 35.

British Columbia won by 8 wickets.

At the conclusion of the championships, trophies and medals were presented to the Prairies team as tournament winners. There were also presentations to Divya Saxena as the Tournament MVP, Danielle McGahey as the Leading Run Scorer and Sonali Vig as the top wicket-taker.



Prairies Notches Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships Second Day Double Victories!

The Prairies Women’s team were the big second day winners as matches continued at the 2022 Canadian National T20 Championships being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario. The Prairies won both of their second day matches, first dispatching Ontario Heat with a comfortable 64 runs victory before winning even more decisively by 10 wickets against British Columbia. The Prairies’ double victories came as a result of successive centuries from their two opening batters. Canadian National Opener Divya Saxena’s brilliant 112 against Ontario Heat was followed soon after by Danielle McGahey’s equally aggressive 50 balls 114 versus British Columbia. 

Fresh from having almost knocked over Ontario Heat, in their 2022 Canadian National T20 Championships opening day encounter, British Columbia’s ladies started Day 2 facing Ontario Fire as the more dominant of the two host Provinces sides. Achini Perera, who had already twice demonstrated her National player class on Day 1, was again among the runs this time stroking a forty-balls half-century (53) that included nine fours while opening the Fire’s batting. She was ably supported by Mishuneet Sagoo (41) and Vandana Mahajan (33) as the Fire compiled an imposing first strike 20 overs total of 178/8. For BC Manasa Challa (3/30-4) and Mannat Hundal (2/25-3) were the main wicket-takers.

Set a very challenging 179 to win in 20 overs, BC’s batters failed to even reach as far as their target’s halfway point, managing to get to only 87/7 before exhausting all of their available deliveries. Manasa Challa (37) and Canadian National team player Sonali Vig (25) were the main contributors, but the supported they would have required from the other batters was just not provided. Imram Khalid (2/5-3) was the Ontario Fire’s most successful bowler.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Fire 175/8-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 53, Mishuneet Saggo 41, Vandana Mahajan 33. Manasa Challa 3/30-4; Mannat Hundal 2/25-3.

British Columbia 87/7 -20 ovrs. Manasa Challa 37, Sonali Vig 25, Imram Khalid 2/5-3.

Ontario Fire won by 92 runs.

As British Columbia were finding themselves on the losing end of their Day 2 opener against Ontario Fire, there were no such issues for their Prairies counterparts who romped to an emphatic 64 runs win over the Ontario Heat. Taking first strike, Prairies openers Divya Saxon (112*) and Daniele McGahey posted a first wicket partnership of 77. McGahey’s dismissal for 47, was the only wicket lost as Amar Paul (40) then combined with Saxon to take Prairies score to 208/1 at the conclusion of the allocated 20 overs.

Set 209 for victory in 20 overs, Ontario Heat faltered from losing wickets at fairly regular intervals after an opening stand of 84 between Vijayani Vithanage (41) and Habeeba Bader (29) in the first twelve overs had placed them within striking distance. Vithanage’s dismissal, stumped by McGahey off the bowling of Harroop Kang, was very quickly followed by that of Bader’s, bowled by Arunimaa Kaur just five balls later. Once those two had departed the innings lost all of its momentum eventually ending at 144/4-20, some 64 runs short of the required victory target.

Summarized Scores:

Prairies 208/1-20 ovrs. Divya Saxena 112, Danielle McGahey 47, Vijayani Vithanage 41.

Ontario Heat 144/4-20 ovrs. Vijayani Vithanage 41, Habeeba Bader 29.

Prairies won by 64 runs.

The Prairies continued their winning vein with an even more empathic 10 wickets win over British Columbia in their second match of the Day 2 fixtures. Batting first British Columbia may have been somewhat pleased by their posted twenty-overs total of 158/7, the foundation for which was laid by a 93 runs second-wicket partnership between opener Kate Gray (63) and Somali Vig (46) batting at three. There were, however, no other scores of note as the Prairies opening-batting all-rounders Danielle McGahey 3/12-3 and Divya Saxena 2/37-4 also demonstrated their outstanding bowling skills in capturing five of the seven wickets that fell.

The McGahey-Saxena combination then brought its batting prowess to the fore with an unbeaten partnership of 161 that took the Prairies past the required 159 run victory target after only 12.1 overs of batting. McGahey’s contribution to the score was 50 balls 114 that included 6 mammoth sixes and 16 whopping fours. At the other end Saxon was far more sedate with her 41, made off 24 balls with 8 fours included.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 158/7-20 ovrs. Kate Gray 63, Somali Vig 46. Danielle McGahey 3/12-3, Divya Saxena 2/37-4.

Prairies 161.0-12.1 ovrs. Danielle McGahey 114, Divya Saxena 41.

Prairies won by 10 wickets.  

Fresh from its opening day double victories, Ontario Heat continued its Championship dominance with a most comfortable 90 runs win over Atlantic Canada in its sole Day 2 encounter. Ontario Heat’s modestly posted 144/5-20 overs proved more than sufficient for the Atlantic Canada batters, who folded to be all out for 54 after just 15.5 overs.

Rabbjot Rajput (20) was the top-scorer in Ontario Heat’s innings, with Saniyah Zia being left undefeated on 19. Bowling for Atlantic Canada Rey Blais had the best figures of 2/28-4 ovrs.

Blais was also among the runs when Atlantic Canada batted. Her 27 balls 22 was the only double-figures score. For Ontario Heat, Ishmeet Sagoo 3/9-4 was the main destroyer, well supported as she was by Saniyah Zia’s 2/2-1.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 144/5-20 ovrs. Rabbjot Rajput 20, Saniyah Zia 19*. Rey Blais 2/28-4.

Atlantic Canada 54/10-15.5 ovrs. Rey Blais 22. Ishmeet Sagoo 3/9-4, Saniyah Zia 2/2-1.

Ontario Heat won by 90 runs.



Cricket Canada announces the team for the ICC Women's Qualifiers Americas 2019. The matches in the tournament will be played as Women's Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is), with the top team progressing to both the 2019 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier and the 2020 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournaments. The qualifier will be played as a best of three matches, with the fixtures being played in Lauderhill, Florida. Following is the team representing Canada.

Mahwish Khan (Captain)
Achini Perera
Amanjit Virk
Chuntell Martin
Habeeba Bader
Hala Azmat
Hiba Shamshad
Kainat Qazi
Kamna Mirchandani
Maliha Baig
Mahrukh Imtiaz
Miryam Khokhar
Monali Patel
Saniyah Zia

Rupert Stephenson - Coach
Durriya Shabbir - Manager

The schedule for the matches is as below:

May 17th 11:00 AM Canada vs USA
May 18th 11:00 AM Canada vs USA
May 19th 11:00 AM Canada vs USA