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
British Columbia (BC) and Ontario both secured double victories in Canada National T20 Championships opening day fixtures to race to the top of their respective Group standings with perfect records of two wins from as many matches played. Teams from all ten of Cricket Canada’s Member Provinces, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan are competing for National T20 Championship honours in the July 11-15, 2022 tournament being held at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club.
British Columbia (214/4-20) got its Group A campaign off to a perfect start, strolling to a comfortable 53 runs victory in its opening encounter against New Brunswick (161/7-20). BC, however, faced a much sterner challenge from Saskatchewan who came very close to staging the tournament’s first major upset. Responding to Saskatchewan’s posted total of 111/8-20. BC found the going tough, losing key wickets at regular intervals before their ninth-wicket two Singhs combination: Ravinderpal (13*) and Newah (1*), eventually saw them home to victory.
In the other Group A opening day match, Newfoundland (112/6-20) proved to be no match for Quebec (113/0-20) losing by 10 wickets. The victory left Quebec with an also perfect record of one win from its only Day 1 match.
While BC was asserting its Group A dominance, Ontario was doing much the same in Group by registering almost lopsided victories in both of its opening day matches. A 105 runs century opening stand between Shubham Sharma (55) and Rayyan Pathan (47) was the foundation for Ontario’s very comfortable 68 runs victory over Nova Scotia in its opening fixture.
Batting first Ontario posted 158/3 off its 20 overs, the innings piloted by Sharma’s half-century which was made off just 37 balls with one six and 8 fours. Pathan’s 47 was somewhat less aggressive, requiring 48 balls and including 7 boundaries.
Chasing a 159-run victory target at a required run rate of just under 8 runs per over, Nova Scotia was never in the hunt getting off to a disastrous start losing their first three wickets, Amit Joshi (4), Neel Patel (4) and Daksh Talwar (0) within the first two overs with only 8 runs on the board. Further wickets fell at regular intervals until the Nova Scotians were eventually bundled out for 89. Losing their final wicket off the fourth ball of the 20th over to fall 69 runs short of their victory target.
Ontario’s second opening day match, against Manitoba, yielded a similarly comfortable victory for the tournament hosts. Batting first Ontario posted an impressive 183/3-20 on the back of Rayyan Pathan’s belligerent 55 balls 86 which included 4 sixes and 8 fours. Armaan Kapoor also chipped in with 51 that was made off of 35 balls, with 2 sixes and 4 fours.
In reply Manitoba, despite Vasu Shah’s 60 balls 67 which included 2 sixes and 5 fours, found Ontario’s bowling attack led by Canadian National pacer Dilon Heyliger (3/23-3) too difficult a proposition. Only managing to reach 119/8 at the end of the allocated 20 overs to fall short of their target by 64 runs.
The Championship’s opening day matches produced half centuries from Ontario’s Rayyan Pathan (88), his teammates Shubham Shama (55) and Armaan Kapoor (51), Quebec’s Yashwanath Reddy (73), New Brunswick’s Divank Satwani (71), BC’s Bhupinder Singh (69), Manitoba’s Vasu Shah (67) and Newfoundland’s Manik Arora (55). Among the bowlers British Columbia’s Aaron Johnson had the day’s very best figures of 4/12-2. There were also three wickets hauls for Saskatchewan’s Sarmad Anwar (3/14-4), Alberta’s Rommel Shahzad (3/18-4) and Ontario’s Dilon Heyliger (3/23-3).
The Championships will continue with its July 12 Day 2 fixtures featuring six matches: Quebec vs Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia vs Manitoba, Newfoundland vs British Columbia, PEI vs Ontario, New Brunswick vs Saskatchewan, and Alberta vs Manitoba. The fixtures, results and statistics for all matches are available on the Cricket Canada App.
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:
Canada, needing to beat the UAE in their final match of the round robin in the ICC WCT20 qualifier, lost by 14 runs, and failed to make the play offs. Three consecutive losses saw them fall to 5th place in the group.
Canada won the toss, chose to bowl, and got off to a great start, with Romesh Eranga bowling Rohan Mustafa in the first over, and Junaid Siddiqui, playing his first match of the tournament and opening the bowling, having Chirag Suri caught off his first ball. Saad Bin Zafar broke a promising partnership when Rameez Shahzad was given leg before- 48/3 in the 8th over. Tight bowling meant UAE did not hit a boundary in the middle 8 overs. Saad Bin Zafar took his second wicket in the 18th over, thanks to a fine stumping from Hamza Tariq, and his third next ball to a catch in the deep. He finished his spell with 3/21 from four overs. The UAE hit well to take 40 from the last two overs to set Canada a target of 155. Muhammad Usman made 89*. of their total of 154/5.
Wijeyeratne got Canada off to a bright start with 21 from 15 balls, but the scoring slowed in the middle overs. Navneet Dhaliwal made 41 from 36 balls but when he was out, Canada needed 73 from 7 overs. Ravinderpal Singh hit a couple of boundaries but with 28 needed from the last two overs he was caught in the deep. Kirton was unbeaten at the end, making 37 but took 39 balls in doing so. Canada finished on 140/5.
Canada beat Bermuda at the ICC T20 Regional finals today, to go top of the standings.
Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat. Canada bowled them out for 112, thanks to a fine 4/19 from Dilon Heyliger, well supported by Eranga and Kumar each with two wickets. Canada lost Rodrigo Thomas on 7, but then a thunderous innings by Rizwan Cheema took Canada to an easy win. He made 71 from 34 balls with 7 sixes and 5 fours. He was out with the score on 93, but then Dhaliwal and Ravinderpal Singh finished off the win in just 13.1 overs. Canada finish the tournament against the USA tomorrow.
Canada opened the ICC T20 Americas World Cup qualifier with a comfortable win over the Caymans. Earlier hosts Bermuda upset pre-tournament USA favourites, beating them by 6 runs. Canada won the toss and chose to bat. An excellent century from man of the match Ravinderpal Singh (101 in 48 balls), with good support from Nitish Kumar (41) took Canada to 196/6 from their 20 overs. Ravinderpal Singh is Canada's first ever T20I century maker
Romesh Eranga had the Caymans on the back foot right away with two wickets in his first over, and another in his second. Junaid Siddqui bowled the 5th over, and two run outs, and a leg before had the Cayman innings in tatters- 13/5. They did recover to make 112/7 from their 20 overs but an eighty four run win got Canada off to a great start.
Canada National Squad selected for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier - Americas Final 2019, Bermuda. The top two teams from the four nation tournament will go to the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in October. Competing teams are Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and USA.
Cricket Canada won the 2nd match with 62 runs as its batsmen gave some outstanding batting performances to carry the day.
Ravinderpal top scored with 65 runs of 78 balls at a strike rate of 83.33. Srimantha scored 47 while Saad was 39 (Not out)
Ravi and Varun made 82 runs in 4rth wicket partnership followed up by Srimantha and Saad who made 57 runs. Varun also contributed in a 33 run partnership with Srimantha,
Saad also had the third best batting scoring 39 runs on 33 balls with a strike rate of 118.18. The best strike rate was Ruvindu at 135.71 with 3 fours but got out early after scoring 19 runs of 14 balls.
Saad and Hiral took 3 wickets each. The best economy was delivered by Varun Sahdev at 3.0 followed by Hiral at 3.1 and Saad at 4.3.
Last minute arrangements succeed to secure the tour
Antigua, Trinidad, South Africa or Sri Lanka puzzle was solved in favour of Sri Lanka, once it became clear that no other place provided much needed quality opposition and training arrangements than Sri Lanka. Institute of Sports (IOS), from Nagpur India, who have a long history of relationship with Cricket Canada were able to make all required arrangements to support Cricket Canada athletes training for the qualifier.
The Senior Men’s squad is practicing hard in Sri Lanka ahead of the WCL 2 Qualifiers. The squad held its first practice session at Panadura Ground on 10th March 2019. This world class training tour includes, cricket, mental and physical fitness as well as strategy sessions among other things. The training management has enforced a strict diet and training regime. The training is focused around team work, developing new skills and acclimatisation to foreign environments.
Following is the list of players and coaching staff, currently training in Sri Lanka. The final team for the qualifier shall be selected after the pre tour to South Africa and on the eve of starting of the qualifier in Namibia in April 2019.
Players:- Bhavindu Shakya Adhihetty David Johan Jacobs (Captain) Dilon Alex Heyliger Harsh Thaker Hiral Dashrathbhai Patel Mark Montfort Navneet Singh Dhaliwal Nikhil Dutta Nitish Roenick Kumar Ravinderpal Singh Rodrigo Augustine Thomas Romesh Eranga Galkandage Don Ruvindu T Gunasekera Saad Bin Zafar Srimantha Adrian Wijeyeratne Sukhdeep Singh Brar Varun Sehdev
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