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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Singapore 188/10-50 ovrs. Anish Paaram 57, Rohan Rangaram 49. Jeremy Gordon 2/40-9, Dilon Heyliger 2/44-8.2
Nicholas Kirton’s polished 48, struck off of 82 balls and including two sixes and as many fours, was the backbone of Canada’s comfortable 74 runs victory over Denmark in the opening fixture of the ICC’s 2023 World Cup Challenge League A second round matches being played at Ontario’s King City Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Having been sent into bat by Denmark, tournament hosts Canada recovered from the early losses of openers Rayyan Pathan (2) and skipper Navi Dhaliwal (8) to eventually post a challenging first strike total of 219/8-50 overs, which proved to be too much for Denmark’s batsmen. Denmark in reply found the experienced Canadian bowling attack too tough a proposition, folding for 145/10 in 43.2 overs.
Kirton featured in an important 55 runs third-wicket partnership with Canada’s Alberta based Australian import Matthew Spoors who batted at three. Spoors struck 27 to help rebuild the Canadian innings after the early losses of both of its openers with only 20 runs on the board and still within the first 10-over power play. After Spoors’ dismissal, bowled by Hamid Shah, Canada suffered a further setback just five runs later with the loss of Varun Sehdev (1) that left the innings precariously placed at 80/4 at its mid-point stage of the 25th (24.5 overs).
Kirton eventually departed, just two runs short of what would have been a very deserving half-century but Denmark’s bowlers were prevented from making any further major inroads through the combined batting talents of Canada’s all-rounders Harsh Thaker (39) and Saad Bin Zafar (43). Thaker and Zafar batted sensibly together in adding 52 for the 6th wickets as the second fifty-run partnership of the innings.
A belligerent 16-balls 35 not out cameo by wicket-keeper Shreyas Movva, gave the Canadian innings just the momentum that was required in its final overs as the score reach 219/8- at the end of the allocated 50. Bowling for Denmark, Hamid Shah 2/31-10 and Oliver Hald 2-45/7 were the main wicket-takers.
Needing 220 for victory at a required run rate of 4.4 runs per over Denmark got off to a shaky start losing both openers within the first 10 overs (8.3) and with the score on 27/2. It was a wobbly foundation from which the required stability never came.
In the face of some at times fiery seam bowling by Man-of-the Match Dilon Heyliger Denmark’s batsmen found their respective stays at the crease to be short-lived. Surya Ahmad’s 34 and Saif Ahmad’s 34 were the only scores of note as Heyliger ran rampant to claim 5/34 from his 8 overs bowled. Heyliger was very well supported by both Salman Nazar (3/28-8.2) and Varun Sehdev (2/29-1)) as Denmark’s innings closed at 145/10 in the 44th (43.2) over to give Canada a very comfortable 74 runs victory.
Canada 219/8 (50 ovrs) Nicholas Kirton 48, Saad Bin Zafar 43, Harsh Thaker 39, Shreyas Movva 35. Hamid Shah 2/31-10. Oliver Hald 2/45-7.
Denmark 145/10 (43.2 ovrs); Surya Anand 39, Saif Ahmad 34, Zameer Khan 28. Dilon Heyliger 5/34-8, Salman Nazar 3/28-8.2, Varun Sehdev 2/29-10.
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.
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.
The squad will be accompanied by five officials: Carlos Ragoonath – Manager, Amrinder Bhinder – Coach, Daulat Khan - Fielding Coach, Khurram Chohan - Bowling Coach and Ankur Sharma - Physio
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier gets underway on 18 February in Oman with the hosts taking on Nepal in the opening game. The event is one of two global qualifiers that together form the final stages of the qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A features hosts Oman, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ireland and Oman had qualified for this tournament after being eliminated in the first round of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021, whilst Nepal and the UAE booked their slots via their rankings in the ICC MRF Tyres Men’s T20I Team rankings. The other participating teams qualified through regional qualifying tournaments held through the course of last year.
The teams in Qualifier A are divided into two groups of four. Each teamwillplayallthe other teams oncein its group,followed by position classification matches. The two teams that reach the final will advance to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia later this year.
The Oman-Canadian National team will depart on Wednesday, February 2 for a pre tournament training. They will play two warm-up matches against Germany before beginning their ICC Men’s 2022 T20 World Cup Qualification campaign against the Phillipines on Friday, February 18.
Canada’s National Squad For The Antigua Hosted November 7-15, ICC 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Announced!\r\n\r\nCricket Canada has announced the Canadian National Squad to participate in the ICC 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier to be held in Antigua from November 7 - 15, 2021. The fourteen member squad is as follows: \r\n\r\nNavneet Dhaliwal (Captain), Dilon Heyliger, Jatinderpal Matharu, Shreyas Movva, Salman Nazar, Rayyankhan Pathan, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui, Kaleem Sana, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq, Harsh Thaker, Saad Zafar and Aaditya Varadharajan.\r\n\r\nThe squad will be accompanied by six officials: Carlos Ragoonath – Manager, Amarinder Bhinder – Coach, two Assistant Coaches Khuram Chohan and Daulat Khan, Ankur Sharma – Physio and Dinesh Mahabir – Analyst. \r\n\r\nArgentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Panama and the USA will be the other seven teams participating in the Antigua hosted seven day tournament which will be played in a round-robin format. The tournament’s top two teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be played in Australia next November.\r\n\r\nThe selected Canadian Squad includes the exciting all-rounder Rayyan Pathan who recently participated as an overseas player in Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League. Pathan also recorded a highest score of 46 and also captured 8 wickets with his medium-pace bowling during the St Kitts hosted 2019 Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Life Super50 Tournament.\r\n\r\nThe fourteen members Canadian Squad along with its six accompanying officials will depart for Antigua on Sunday October 31, 2021. \r\n\r\n\r\nPhoto Caption: Rayyan Pathan\r\n....
The often-quoted assertion that “Cream always rises to the top” has long since become universally accepted as one of life’s truisms. Its validity was certainly in evidence on Day Two of the three-day, September 13-15, 2021 Canadian National Men’s T20 Championships being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club, as no fewer than four of Canada’s established star players were among the day’s outstanding performers.
Canadian National team “regulars” Rayyan Pathan (72), Ravinderpal Singh (56) Saad Bin Zafar (53) and Rodrigo Thomas (50) all scored highly entertaining half-centuries for their respective teams. There were also similar scores from the slightly less famous Bhupinder Singh (54) and Aaditya Vardarajan (53) on a day that was dominated by some outstanding batting.
As Fire’s captain, Canadian National all-rounder Saad Bin Zafar, got the day’s proceedings off to an entertaining start with a belligerent 35 ball 53 that included 3 fours and 4 sixes. Zafar’s knock piloted his team to 131/5 off its 20 overs in the day’s opening encounter against the Shields.
Chasing 132 for victory at a required run rate of 6.6 runs per over, his fellow National team all-rounder Rayyan Pathan was even more aggressive at the top of the Shields batting order. Pathan blasted his way to a 73 ball 38, which was punctuated by 7 sixes and 5 fours. His pyrotechnics was the backbone of the Shields’ cruise controlled response of 132/4 in just 16.5 overs and a most comfortable six-wicket win.
Match 2 of the second day, featuring Fury against the Stallions and which was played simultaneously with the first on an adjacent pitch, was yet another low-scoring but highly exciting encounter. Batting first Fury was bundled out for under a hundred, losing all ten of their wickets for just 93 in 18.5 overs of woeful batting. Seven batsmen failed to score while two, Hamza Tariq (39) and Nikhil Dutta (36), accounted for almost 80% of the eventual total. Bowling for the Shields, Junaid Siddiqui 3/20-4, Shahid Ahmadzai 2/14-4 and Rommel Shahzad 2/22-3.5 were the main wicket-takers.
Incredibly Fury’s posted 83/10 proved to be sufficient as the Stallions’ batsmen were, unbelievably, even more woeful in response all ten of their wickets falling for just 88 to lose by 5 runs. That result had hardly seemed possible after the Stallions’ opening pair of Shreyas Movva (24) and Hiral Patel (21) had posted 46 for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed.
From 46-1 in the ninth over, the remainder of the innings, however, became a procession as the remaining nine wickets fell for just an additional 42 runs. Darshil Patel 4/8-3 and Salman Nazar 3/18-4 were the chief destroyers for the rampant Fury’s bowling attack.
Fresh from their exciting and unexpected 5 run victory over the Stallions, Fury continued its winning ways with a far more emphatic 9 wicket win over Fire in the third match of the day. Fire batting first was dismissed for 130 in 19.4 overs. Opening batsman Aaditya Vardarajan scored a 48 ball 53 at the top of the order, while captain Saad Bin Zafar (27) and veteran T20 specialist Rizwan Cheema (24) were both typically aggressive in their respective knocks of 12 and 19 balls. Varun Sehdev 2/17-3, Salman Nazar 2/19 -4 and Nikhil Dutta 2/37-4 all had two-wicket hauls for Fury.
Chasing 131 for victory, at a 6.55 required run rate, Fury reached its target with consummate ease for the loss of just one wicket. Canada’s National opening bat, Rodrigo Thomas, was at his majestic best in compiling a 32 ball 50 that was graced with 7 silky driven fours and one towering six. Thomas was eventually given out, stumped by wicket-keeper Nicholas Manohar off the bowling of Aaditya Vardarajan. Ruvindu Gunasekera (39) and Hamza Tariq (33), however, then combined for an unbeaten 46 six-run second-wicket partnership to see Fury to victory by 9 wickets.
Fire 130/10 (19.4 Ovrs)Aaditya Vardarajan 53. Saad Bin Zafar 27, Rizwan Cheema 24; Varun Sehdev 2/17-3, Salman Nazar 2/19-4, Nikhil Dutta 2/37 -4.
Fury 136/1. Rodrigo Thomas 50, Ruvindu Gunasekera 39, Hamza Tariq 33.
Fury won by 9 wickets.
The fourth and final match of the Championships’ Day Two, featuring the Shields and the Stallions, was a virtual nail biter. Stallions eventually prevailed by 5 wickets, but with only three balls to spare.
Batting first the Shields reached 131/6 off its 20 overs, largely due to Bhupinder Singh’s 48 ball 54 and Yasir Abbasi’s run-a-ball 46. Junaid Siddiqui 3/30-4 was the Stallions’ main wicket-taker.
In reply, Ravinderpaul Singh’s unbeaten, belligerent, boundary studded 49 ball 64 which included 5 fours and 2 sixes, was sufficient to take the Stallions to 132/5 off 19.3 overs. Victory to the “Horseys” by 5 wickets, albeit with only three balls to spare!
The Championships will conclude on Wednesday, September 15 with four final day matches. Fire vs Stallions and Fury vs Shields both starting at 10.30 am. Fire vs Shields and Fury vs Stallions starting at 2:30 pm
Cricket Canada has announced the names of a strong fourteen member Men’s Senior Team Squad to participate in the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Challenge League A. The Tournament, which will be a part of the qualification process for the 2023 ICC Word Cup, will be held in Malaysia from March 14 – 27, 2020. Canada will play fifty 0vers matches against ICC Division A country teams representing Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and hosts Malaysia during the Tournament.
Canada’s 14 member ICC 2020 Challenge Cup Squad will be captained by its experienced opening batsman Navneet Dhaliwal (pictured). In 30 List A (fifty-overs) matches played to date in Canadian colours, Dhaliwal has scored 1027 runs at an impressive 39.50 average, with two centuries and five half centuries. Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Ravinderpal Singh, Harsh Thaker, Varun Sehdev and Srimantha Wijeyeratne, will provide batting support to Dhaliwal.
Canada’s bowling attack will be centred around the front line spin of experienced campaigners Saad Bin Zafar, Nikhil Dutta, Salman Nazar and Shahid Ahmedzai. They will be ably supported by the part-time spin offerings of Nitish Kumar and Dhaliwal himself. Romesh Eranga and Faizal Jamkhandi are the only two seamers included in the squad, the wicket-keeping duties for which will be shared by Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Armaan Kapoor.
Experienced South African Amarinder Bhinder will be the Head Coach for the Canadian Squad, which will be managed by Carlos Ragoonath. Surendra Seeraj (Assistant Coach), Daulat Khan (Asst Coach/Analyst) and Tejash Patel (Physio) will be the other members of the Canadian Squad’s management team.
The full squad (in alphabetical order) with their respective roles is as follows:
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.
The National T20 is underway at Maple Leaf CC, King City. Sixty of Canada's best cricketers are in attendance, split into four teams, each containing a mix of national team players and cricketers selected for the high performance squad based on their performances in the regional T20 competitions. The tournament gives selectors an opportunity to evaluate players in match situations against top-quality opposition.
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