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2022-08-15

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.

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2022-08-15

Ontario Fire Maintains Its Perfect Wins Record With Day 4 Double Victories!

Ontario Fire continued its winning ways and, in the process, maintained its perfect unbeaten record with Day 4 double victories as play continued at the King City Maple Leaf Cricket Club-hosted 2022 Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships. Having started Day 4 with a perfect record of five wins and no losses from as many matches played, Ontario Fire extended it to seven and zero with comfortable back-to-back victories over firstly Atlantic Canada followed by British Columbia.

Taking first strike against Atlantic Canada, Ontario Fire posted a formidable 170/6 in its twenty overs. Achini Perera’s twenty-three balls 29 was the top score and there were also useful contributions from Mahwish Khan (24) and Maliha Baig (23). For Atlantic Canada, Rey Blais 2/11-2 ovrs was the top wicket-taker.

Blais also featured as Atlantic Canada’s top-scorer, posting a patient 39 not out off of 47 balls that was symbolical of the team’s overall reply. The other Atlantic Canada batters were pedestrian in their efforts toward the victory target, making very little progress as the allocated twenty-overs ended with the score having gotten to only 76/2.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Fire 170/6-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 29, Mahwish Khan 24, Maliha Baig 23. Rey Blais 2/11-2/

Atlantic Canada 76/2 – 20 ovrs. Rey Blais 39.

Ontario Fire Won by 94 runs. 

While Atlantic Canada were engaged in yet another losing cause, British Columbia (BC) was giving the host Province’s second representative and developmental team, the Ontario Heat, a much stiffer challenge in their Day 4 encounter. BC came ever so close to securing what would have been a major morale boosting victory, eventually losing by the agonizingly slim margin of only nine runs.

Taking first strike, Ontario Heat posted 109/9 in its twenty overs. Almost half of that posted total came from the bat of Kamna Mirchandani whose 48 balls 47 included 8 fours. She was ably supported by Saleha Maqsood who contributed an eighteen balls 23 that was punctuated by five fours. For BC Mannat Hundal took 3/16 in her four overs. There were also two-wicket hauls for Sonali Vig 2/9-4 and Mukhwinder Gill 2/15-4.

Chasing 101 for victory in twenty overs at a very modest required run rate of 5.05, BC suffered a double-blow setback in just the third over, losing both Belinda Williams (7) as well as Sonali Vig for a second ball duck with the score on 19. Williams was bowled by Ontario Heat’s fourteen-year-old teenage sensation, Rabbyjot Rajput while Vig followed via the run-out route just two balls later.

Wickets fell with constant regularity after then, including three with the score on 83 and a fourth one ball later at 84. While the wickets were clattering, the runs were not forthcoming anywhere close to the required degree. BC was left needing 12 runs off the final over with its numbers 10 and 11 batters at the crease. It was too big a task for them to manage. The innings folded with the last wicket falling off the fourth ball of the final over to leave BC still nine runs short of parity with Ontario Heat’s posted 109/9. 

Manasa Challa 27 was the top scorer for BC. For Ontario Heat, Rabbyjot Rajput’s medium-pace bowling proved to much too hot for BC’s batters, the teenager ending with the ultra-impressive figures of 4/18-4.

Summarized Scores: 

Ontario Heat 109/9 – 20 ovrs. Kamna Mirchandani 47, Saleha Maqsood 23. Mannat Hundal 3/16-4.

British Columbia 100/10- 19.4 ovrs. Manasa Challa 27. Rabbyjot Rajput 4/18-4.

Ontario Heat won by 9 runs.

Ontario Heat’s elation over their narrow win against BC, however, soon proved to be short-lived as they were brought crashing down to earth by a five-wicket loss to Championship points table second-place holders and potential title challengers the Prairies. Batting first, Ontario Heat posted 132/8 off its twenty overs. A total that was arguably 20-30 runs short of what would have been ideally required against the Prairies’ powerful batting.

Ontario Heat’s captain Saniyah Zia tried her best to lead by example, striking an impressive 46 that was made off 36 balls and included 8 fours. Zia and teenage prodigy, Rabbyjot Rajput (24), posted 75 for the first wicket in only twelve (11.1) overs of batting. Once Rajput had departed, however, adjudged lbw while attempting to sweep, further wickets fell with constant regularity. So much so that 7 more wickets were lost in 8.4 overs for the addition of only 57 runs! Vijayani Vithanage’s 26, made off 24 balls with four boundaries, the only other score of note as Ontario Heat’s innings closed at 132/8 in 20 overs.

For the Prairies three bowlers, Arunimaa Kaur, Amarpal Kaur and Divya Saxena, ended with two-wicket hauls. Arunimaa claimed 2/20-3, Amarpal 2/26-4 and Saxena 2/27-4.

133 to win off twenty available overs proved to be a bit of a cakewalk for the Prairies batters. Danielle McGahey single-handedly accounted for almost half of those in scoring a typically belligerent 65 that required only 29 balls. McGahey’s innings was once again fueled by brilliant hitting that produced four towering sixes and seven fours. Fortunately for Ontario Heat’s beleaguered bowlers, McGahey retired hurt after forty-five minutes of batting at a strike rate of 224.14.

Chandni Nair’s 26, scored at the much less frenetic pace of its 21 balls composition with four boundaries included, was the next highest score as the Prairies comfortably reached their target off the fifth ball of the sixteenth over with the services of five of its batters not having been required. Sunita Dinakar 2/18-2.5 was the main wicket-taker among Ontario Heat’s bowlers, all of whom felt the wrath of McGahey’s power.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 132/8-20 Ovrs. Saniyah Zia 46, Vijayani Vithanage 26. Rabbyjot Rajput 24. Arunimaa Kaur 2/20-3, Amarpal Kaur 2/26-4, Divya Saxena 2/27-4.

Prairies 133/5 – 20 ovrs. Danielle McGahey 65 (RH), Chandni Nair 26, Sunita Dinakar 2/18-2.5

Prairies won by 5 wickets.  

Having started Day 4 in a most positive and victorious manner, Ontario Fire ended it in identical fashion with an 18 runs win over British Columbia (BC) that was far more comfortable than indicated by the eventual scores. Batting first, Ontario Fire posted a modest 114/8 off its 20 overs with Vandana Mahajan’s 24 as the top score. For BC Sonali Vig (3/11-4), Manasa Challa 2/29-4 and Mannat Hundai 2/30-4 were the main wicket-takers.

Despite the modesty of Ontario Fire’s posted score and the very reachable victory target of 115 runs in 20 overs, BC’s batters proved themselves to be not at all up to the task. Monalisa Chimutashu’s 17 was the highest individual score as BC steadily lost wickets in pursuit of the relatively modest target. Finishing eventually at 96/9 and falling short by 18 runs with almost all of their wickets lost in the process.

Vandana Mahajan 3/10-4 was the leading Ontario Fire wicket-taker. There were also two-wicket hauls for Ontario Fire captain Hiba Shamshad 2/15-2, as well as her Canadian National teammate Achini Perera 2/26-4.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Fire 114/8-20 Ovrs. Vandana Mahajan 24. Sonali Vig 3/11-4, Manasa Challa 2/29-4, Manat Hundai 2/30-4. 

British Columbia 96/9 – 20 Ovrs. Monalisa Chimutashu 17. Vandana Mahajan 3/10-4, Hiba Shamshad 2/15-2, Achini Perera 2/26-4.

Ontario Fire won by 18 runs.

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2022-08-11

Ontario Fire Continues Its Winning Ways!

Ontario Fire maintained its hold on top position on the Points Table for the 2022 Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. Led by Canadian Women’s all-rounder Hiba Shamshad and including a number of her fellow National team-members, Fire continued its so far unbeaten, seemingly relentless, march toward Championship honors with decisive Day 3 victories over key rivals the Prairies as well as a repeat win over their sister Provincial participant, the Ontario Heat.

Day 3 opening fixture between the Championship’s then two unbeaten teams, Ontario Fire and the Prairies produced some excitement before eventually turning out to be a comfortable five-wicket win for the host Province. Taking first strike the Prairies suffered the double setback of losing both of their tournament centurion openers Danielle McGahey and Divya Saxena with the score on 32. 

McGahey was the first to go, caught by Vandana Mahajan off the bowling of Mohawish Khan for 15 on the fourth ball of the fifth over. Saxena followed soon after, just four balls later, and with score on 32 not having advanced any further. She was adjudged lbw to Mahajan with her personal contribution having been only 10.

The Kaurs, Amarpal (59*) and Arunimaa (17), then featured in a 70 run fourth-wicket partnership that brought some much-needed stability back to the innings. Amarpal’s fine unbeaten half-century was made off 48 balls and included 8 fours. The Prairies posted twenty-overs total of 112/3, however, seemed insufficient to challenge the Ontario Fire’s very strong and deep batting.

That indeed proved to be the case as, despite some setbacks in the form of five lost wickets, Fire’s batters eventually prevailed reaching their 113 runs victory target off the fifth ball of the 19th over with seven deliveries still available. Opener Rhea Misra (39) was Ontario Fire’s top-scorer with Terisha Bess Lavia (21) being the next highest contributor. For the Prairies Amarpal Kaur demonstrated her all-round capabilities taking 2/16 in her four available overs.

Summarized Scores:

Prairies 112/3-20. Amarpal Kaur 59, Arunimaa Kaur 17.

Ontario Fire 116/5-18.5 ovrs. Rhea Misra 39, Terisha Bess Lavia 21. Amarpal Kaur 2/16-4.

Ontario Fire won by 5 wickets. 

British Columbia (BC) secured an emphatic, morale-boosting, victory over points-table cellar-dwellers Atlantic Provinces in the third day opening fixture between the two sides. Batting first BC posted a commanding 162/4 off its 20 overs with Kate Gray 45 and Mukhwinder Gill 44 as the main contributors. For Atlantic Provinces Roya Samin (1/21-3), Carti Leroux (1/23-4), Jothi Guhan (1/26-4) and Rey Blais (1/39-4) were all single-wicket takers.

Set 163 to win in 20 overs and at a hefty, required, run rate of 8.37, Atlantic Canada’s folded yet again to be completely skittled out for 58 in 18.2 overs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya (14) was the only double figures scorer as Atlantic Canada’s batters proved themselves to be inept against the BC bowlers. Sonali Vig with 3/10-4 overs was the main destroyer, as Mannat Hundal also chipped in with 2/7-4 ovrs.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 162/10-20 ovrs. Kaye Gray 45, Mukhwinder 44.

Atlantic Canada 58/10-18.2 ovrs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya 14. Sonali Vig 3/10-4, Mannat Hundal 2/7-4. 

British Columbia won by 104 runs.

Amarpal Kaur became the Prairies’ third century-maker for the championships. Kaur smashed a 58 ball 103 that included 1 six and eleven fours to lead her team to an imposing first-strike, twenty-overs, total of 263/4 against Atlantic Provinces in their Day 3 encounter. Kaur’s dominance was evidenced by her ultra-superior role in the Prairies 100 runs first-wicket partnership, the other opener Krima Kapadia’s contribution to which was only 11. Kaur was well supported by Divya Saxena who was left not out on 66, thirty-four runs short of what would have been her second tournament century.

Facing a mammoth victory target of 264, Atlantic Province’s batters succumbed meekly, only reaching 81/8 by the conclusion of their 20 overs. Rey Blais 24 was once more their main contributor and yet again the only batter to reach double-figures. Bowling for the Prairies Chandni Reghu Nair claimed 4/11 in her four overs.

Summarized Scores: 

Prairies 263/4-20 ovrs. Amarpaul Kaur 103, Divya Saxena 66.

Atlantic Provinces 88/8-20 ovrs. Rey Blais 24, Chandni Reghu Nair 4/11-4.

Prairies won by 182 runs.

Day Three’s final fixture was a return encounter between host Province Ontario’s two participating teams, Fire and Heat. Fire again proved itself to be that much hotter than Heat, winning handily by 5 wickets in a relatively low-scoring affair.

Taking first strike, Ontario Heat only managed to get as far as 69/8 at the end of its twenty-overs. Saleha Maqsood 15 and Rabbjot Rajput 14 were the only double-figure scorers. For Ontario Fire, Terisha Bess Lavia was again outstanding with the ball taking 4/6 off her four overs.

70 to win off 20 overs was never going to present much of a challenge to Ontario Fire’s batters. Despite the loss of five wickets the target was comfortably surpassed (71.5) in just 10.1 overs. Vandana Mahajan finished not out on 31 as the Fire’s top scorer. For Ontario Heat Saniyah Zia (2/14-2) and Rabbjot Rajput (2/15-4) were double wicket-takers.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 69/8-20 ovrs. Saleha Maqsood 15, Rabbjot Rajput 14. Terisha Bess Lavia 4/6-4.

Ontario Fire 71.5-10.1 ovrs. Vandana Mahajan 31. Saniyah Zia 2/14-2, Rabbjot Rajput 2/15-4.

Ontario Fire won by 5 wickets.

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2022-08-11

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.

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2022-08-11

Ontario Fire Notches Opening Day Double Wins At the 2022 Canadian National T20 Women’s Championships!

Boasting a bevy of Canadian National Women’s players, including their all-rounder captain Hiba Shamshad and opening batter Achini Perera, the Ontario Fire got off to a flying start on the opening day of the Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Fire secured successive victories in both of its opening day matches against the visiting Atlantic Canada as well as their fellow Ontarians the Heat. The double wins placed Ontario Fire firmly in pole position at the very top of the Championship’s Leaderboard at the conclusion of the first of its five days of scheduled matches.

One of the first days’ two opening matches featured both of the participating Ontario teams, Fire and Heat, pitted against each other. Batting first Heat compiled a challenging 127/6-20 overs with Saleha Maqsood (57) and Saniyah Zia (37) as the main contributors. Bowling for Ontario Fire, Hala Azmat 2/29-4 finished with the best bowling figures. 

128 required from 20 overs proved to be not nearly as formidable a task for Fire’s batters as their Heat opponents would have liked. Rhea Mizra (50*) and Achini Perera (37) combined for a belligerent half-century opening partnership that required only 38 balls for its composition. Misra struck 8 fours in her 46 balls innings, while Perera was equally as aggressive, striking one six and half-a-dozen boundaries in her 25 balls stay at the crease.

Following Perera’s departure, Fire suffered the further losses of Canadian National wicketkeeper Maliha Baig (12) and Vandahan Mahajan (2), but the result was never ever in doubt. The target was comfortably achieved in the 18th over (17.4) for the loss of just those three wickets and with fourteen balls to spare. Kamna Mirchandi 2/20-4 and Sunita Dinakar 1/21-4 ovrs were the only wicket-takers among the six bowlers used by the Fire in their failed attempt to defend their ultimately inadequately set first strike total.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 127/6 – 20 ovrs. Slaeha Maqsood 57, Saniyah Zia 37. Hala Azmat 2/29-4.

Ontario Fire 128/3-17.4 ovrs. Rhea Mizra 50*, Achini Perera 37. Kamna Mirchandi 2/20-4, Sunia Dinakar 1/21-4

Ontario Fire won by 7 wickets.

While the two Ontario sides were battling against each other for opening match honors so too, simultaneously, were the visiting Atlantic Canada and the Prairies in the coinciding fixture that was being played on the adjacent King City pitch. That proved to be a very low scoring encounter as Atlantic Canada taking first strike were skittled out for just 54 in 13.0 overs.

Rey Blais (26) was the only Atlantic Canada batter to reach double figures as the Prairies bowlers, led by Canadian National all-rounder Divya Saxena, sliced apart their batting like a hot knife through butter. Saxena claimed 4/4-4, while Amarpal Kaur (3/28-3) and Omaima Waqar (2/7-2) were also among the wickets as Atlantic Provinces’ resistance crumbled like a proverbial deck of cards.

Set a meagre victory target of only 55 runs in 20 overs, the Prairies openers made very light work of their task, posting 57/0 in just 3.3 overs to win by 10 wickets with 16.3 overs to spare. Danielle McGahey piloted the chase with an ultra-aggressive 35, made off of just 11 balls and including 1 six and seven fours. Divya Saxon was much more subdued for her unbeaten 15 off 10 balls with three fours included.

Summarized Scores:

Atlantic Canada 54/10-13 Ovrs. Rey Blais 26. Divya Saxena 4/4-4, Amarpal Kaur 3/28-3, Omaima Waqar 2/7-2.

Prairies 59/0 – 3/3 Overs. Danielle McGahey 35, Divya Saxena 15.

Prairies won by 10 wickets.

Atlantic Canada, however, then proved to be no match for Ontario Fire when the two sides squared off against each other in one of the opening day’s two second round matches. Fire demonstrated its batting prowess with Achini Perera (86) and Rhea Misra combining for a massive opening partnership of 184 that was made off of 16.4 overs. 

Perera was just as aggressive than she had been in her first outing, striking 10 fours before eventually falling just 14 runs short of what would have been a most deserving century. Misra’s 60 balls 66 included six boundaries. The two openers provided the backbone for the Fire’s eventual 20 overs total of 212/1. Jeewanath Kaushalya (1/35-3) was Atlantic Provinces’ solitary wicket-taker among its six bowlers used.

Seeking to get to 213 off its available twenty-overs for what would have been a second successive and somewhat unexpected victory, Atlantic Province’s batters failed miserably to do so succumbing instead to be all out for 65 in just 17.4 overs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya (18) and Carli Leroux (15) were the only batters to reach double-figures as the others all came and went with military-like precision.

Fire’s right-arm leg spinner, Terisha Bess Lavia, proved to be virtually unplayable in capturing the tournament’s very first five-wicket haul. Lavia had the incredible figures of 5/9-4 as she scythed through the Atlantic Province’s batting.

Summarized Scores: 

Ontario Fire 212/1-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 86, Rhea Misra 66. Jeewanath Kaushalya 1/35-3.

Atlantic Provinces 65/10-17.4 ovrs. Terisha Bess Lavia 5/9-4.

Ontario Fire won by 147 runs.

While their Fire belching fellow Ontarians were making short work of Atlantic Canada, Ontario Heat found themselves in a battle against British Columbia (BC) that ironically almost proved to be too hot for them to handle. Taking first strike BC posted a competitive 126/6 off its 20 overs with Kate Gray (35) and Sonali Vig (25) as the top-scorers. Bowling for Ontario Heat Sunita Dinakar had the best figures of 3/39-4.

Chasing 127 for victory off 20 overs at a required run rate of 6.35, Ontario Heat lost its first three wickets relatively quickly with only 43 runs on the board and with 8.1 overs having already been bowled. A fourth wicket stand of 71 between Kamma Mirchandani (40) and Saniyah Zia (40), however, steadied the innings somewhat before four further wickets fell in the space of seven balls for just an additional six runs. 

Thankfully for the Heat there were no further alarms as the target was eventually reached off the third ball of the 19th over with three wickets still in hand. Sonali Vig 2/18-4 ovrs and Mukhwinder Gill 2/20-4 ovrs were BC’s bowling heroes. Their heroic efforts proving to be in vain, however, as Ontario Heat prevailed to win by three wickets and secure their second victory in their first three Championships outings.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 126/6-20 ovrs. Kate Gray 35, Sonali Vig 25. Sunita Dinakar 3/39-4.

Ontario Heat 127/7-19.3 ovrs. Kamma Mirchandani 40, Saniyah Zia 40. Sonali Vig 2/18-4, Mukhwinder Gill 2/20-4.

Ontario Heat won by three wickets.

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2021-10-06

Canada’s National Women’s Squad For The Mexico Hosted October 18-25, 2021 ICC 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Announced!

Cricket Canada has announced the Canadian National Squad to participate in the ICC 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier to be held in Mexico from October 18-25, 2021. 

The fourteen member squad is as follows: 

Kamna Mirchandani (Captain), Divya Saxena (Vice Captain), Hala Azmat, Mukhwinder Gill, Kate Gray, Mahrukh Imtiaz, Krima Kapadia, Miryam Khokhar, Jasmina Oldham , Achini Perera, Hiba Shamshad, Sonali Vig, Sana Zafar, Saniyah Zia.

The squad will be accompanied by three officials, Abigail Rajkumar – Manager, Kulbir Jaswal – Coach and Tejash Patel – Physio.  

Argentina, Brazil and the USA will be the other teams participating in the Mexico hosted seven day tournament which will be played in a home and away round-robin format. The tournament winner will qualify for the 2022 ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier, the top two teams from which will go on to participate in the 2023 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup to be held in South Africa.

Canada’s first match of the tournament will be on October 18 against Argentina. The Canadians will then face their arch-rivals the USA the very next day on October 19 and Brazil two days later on October 21. The Canadians second round matches will be on October 22 versus Argentina, the 24th against the USA and an October 25th final day encounter with Brazil. 

The Canadian team’s batting unit for the tournament will be spearheaded by Miryam Khokhar, the MVP of the recently held 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships. Khokhar scored 191 runs from just four innings at an average of 95.50 and an impressive 102.14 strike rate during the August 11-15, 2021 Championships held at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. 

Saniyah Zia who captured 6 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 3.92 in her four 2021 National Championship matches will spearhead the Canadians bowling attack for the Americas Qualifier tournament matches. She will be ably supported by Sonali Vig and Mukhwinder Gill who both had National Championships’ five wicket hauls at economy rates of 5.08 and 5.29 respectively.    

The fourteen members Canadian Squad along with its three accompanying officials will depart for Mexico on Friday October 15, 2021. The squad will return home on October 26, 2021

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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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2019-05-09

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

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