Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports:-
THE Ontario Cricket Academy & Club (OCA&C) Under-17 squad will arrive at Piarco International Airport tomorrow to begin an 11-day tour of Trinidad and Tobago in an effort to further develop their Canadian talent in the rapidly growing sport. Based in Mississauga, Canada, the youthful OCA&C outfit will be solely focussed on elevating their competitive image by playing seven practice matches against some of TT’s prolific youth teams. Their friendly tour bowls off today when they meet PowerGen’s Under-17 team at Vijay Sports Grounds, Avocat, from 5pm, for a Twenty20 matchup. During their stay, the visiting team will lock horns against the likes of both South West and South East Under-17 squads along with several other top local club sides.
The Toronto Sun reports:-
Councillor Adam Vaughan said he wants a national cricket stadium in Toronto’s downtown. Vaughan’s idea comes as City Hall prepares to debate the expansion of BMO Field to add 10,000 seats and possibly accommodate football.
While everyone is focused on football and soccer and the synergies that might arrive at BMO Field courtesy of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, what I hear and what I’ve been working towards, what I’m focused on is cricket,” Vaughan said Friday. “No one is talking about that but we’re looking to promote a national cricket stadium.”
If you have not yet heard the crack of willow on leather in communities around Nova Scotia, it may not be long before you do. Over the next four years, the Nova Scotia Cricket Association is set to receive a substantial funding boost towards its efforts to develop the sport amongst young Nova Scotians. This opportunity comes thanks to a nationwide development grant opportunity provided by Cricket Canada, under the auspices of the Americas division of the International Cricket Council (ICC Americas). Over the cycle of the grant, the NSCA stands to gain more than $50,000.00 through the Cricket Canada Kids Project Assistance Fund. This money will be put toward the development of young cricketers and establishing a broader base of support for cricket.
“We’re pretty stoked by the news our application was successful” says Matt Lane, President of the NSCA. “This grant is a massive opportunity for us and it really allows us to get more development personnel out schools and communities and share our passion for the game. We want to grow the sport from the grassroots and that starts by getting kids and their parents interested and fully engaged. Given the right exposure and environment to learn skills and enjoy the sport over a period of time, whether in school workshops and physical education classes, or in programs outside of school, cricket is a sport that’s easy to fall in love with”.
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In the end it turned out that Canada’s Under-19 team lost to the eventual Champions of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup during Group C matches. South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets in Saturday’s final at the Dubai Stadium ground to become ICC U19 World Champions for the first time.
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The Mississauga News reports
“A young cricket team from Mississauga is putting March Break to good use. The Ontario Cricket Academy & Club, based in this city and recognized as the leading cricket academy in North America, will tour Trinidad & Tobago from March 9-17…
“The depth of high-level opposition and amazing infrastructure for the sport in Trinidad has made it an automatic choice for us when it comes to touring and player development,” said OCA&C head coach Derek Perera.
Canada won their final match of the U19 World Cup, avoiding a last place finish in a close game with Papua New Guinea. A sixth wicket partnership between Yug Rao and Stephan Joseph took Canada to 169 all out after 44.1 overs. PNG fell to 105/6 but recovered to 150 without further loss before the last four wickets fell for 8 runs. Canada won by 11 runs.
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Canada’s juniors play Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Wednesday in the game to decide 15th place in the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. It is a game where the Canadian batting will demonstrate increased confidence from the tournament experiences that have seen four batsmen break 50 against the junior teams of ICC Full Member countries. Eight of nine bowlers used by Canada have taken wickets, one has picked up five wickets while three have each captured three wickets. Canada played in one of two groups where there were junior teams from three ICC Full Member countries. Clearly Afghanistan, who played in the other group with three full members, have lead the lesser ranked classes of ICC members by advancing to the last eight, but Canada’s net run rate in Group matches was the next best effort by a non-Full member country.
Continue reading Time for Canadian Juniors to shine in closing game with PNG
Cricket Canada Kids are holding a camp in the Toronto area March 10-14. The Spring Break Camp is a 5-day program structured around Cricket Canada KIDS, an ICC approved skills & development initiative conducted in Canadian schools & communities.
It was a beautifully sunny day as the cricketers walked across the pitch to the stumps. Birds were indeed singing and there was the usual expectant chatter of a game about to start. In fact, the main difference was that the cricketers were not standing on well manicured grass but 15 to 20 centimetres of wet snow. This was the sight as the inaugural Nova Scotia Snow Cricket Championships got under way in Annapolis Royal on Saturday, Feb. 22.
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The Region of Waterloo Cricket Association recently joined the American Cricket Federation (ACF) as its first international club member. They provide an explanation on their website, including the following:-
“Why haven’t we joined a Canadian cricket body? To be truthful none are available to us. The cricket infrastructure in Ontario is extremely underdeveloped outside of Toronto (our largest city). Our club in Kitchener (an hour outside of Toronto) is on a fault line between two organizations who claim to be the governing body for cricket in our Province. To join one organization or the other would be the equivalent of taking sides in a dispute that we don’t want to be a part of. Perhaps most discouraging is there is no avenue for a club like ours to become part of Cricket Canada. Simply put, we’re stranded in our own country.”
Canada will play PNG for last place in the Under 19 World Cup, after falling 23 runs short of Namibia’s 263/9.
Namibia Under-19′s won the toss, elected to bat and scored 263/9 from 50 overs against Canada U19s at the ICC Academy Ground No. 1 in Dubai on Monday. The opening pair put 40 on the board before Julius was lbw to slow-left arm spinner Farhan Malik for 19 after 9.3 overs. Green and Kruger then combined in a stand of 97 for the second wicket that ended when Kruger was caught by Armaan Kapoor for 57 off the bowling of Nitish Kumar. Kapoor then caught Green for 57 in Kumar’s next over to leave Namibia on 145/3 from 30.2 overs.
Erasmus was bowled by Tinto for 19 at the end of the 40th over: Namibia 195/5. Coetzee began to gather some boundaries and sixes during a partnership with Loftie-Eaton. Talha Shaikh bowled Loftie-Eaton for 13 then had JJ Smit caught by Farhan Malik two balls later: Namibia 231/7 off 46 overs. Malik ran out Coetzee in the 50th over, by which time Coetzee had plundered 73 runs from 50 balls. His innings included 5 boundaries and three sixes. Nitish Kumar’s spin brought 2/44 from ten overs. Talha Shaik took 2/33 from four overs in the late going. Canada’s other wicket-taking bowlers were Malik with 1/35 from 10 overs, Tinto with 1/59 from 9 overs and Dutta with 1/50 from 10 overs. Abraash Khan bowled four overs that cost just 11 runs at the start of the Namibian innings.
In reply Canada lost Aurka for a duck in the first over, and then lost Kumar after a rapid 24. Rao put on 45 with Dutta (28) and 48 with Shaikh (27) but Canada fell behind the run rate, and wickets started to fall as they tried to accelerate. Rao made 66 from 93 balls, Manoosingh made a last ditch effort with 30 from 18 balls, but when he was last out, Canada were 23 runs short.
The start of Saturday’s Plate Quarter-final between Canada U19 and Bangladesh U19s was delayed, as were the other three tournament matches, by fog and the early conditions favoured the bowlers. The pitch at the Stadium ground in Abu Dhabi had some grass. It was a bit green in cricketing terms. Moisture in the air and some greenness in the wicket sounded somewhat like “traditional” English playing conditions in the Arabian Gulf. It was a toss Canada wanted to win…..
“Winning the toss was always going to be important as bowling first under the conditions would have always been advantageous,” Canadian coach Ingleton Liburd told Canada Cricket Online. The morning was very foggy with a lot of dew around and this caused a half-hour delay to the start. Additionally there was a lot of grass in the pitch so there was a lot of assistance for the bowlers early on and our batsmen have not played in these conditions.”
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The plywood boards, supplied by the local Home Hardware store, have been placed in the snow, so the inaugural Nova Scotia Snow Cricket championship expected to go ahead on Saturday (February 22) at the Annapolis West Education Centre field, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
The event had to be pushed back due to melted snow that was likely to turn into ice last week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week. The tournament is organized by the newly founded Annapolis County Cricket Club. Play is expected to start at 10am, according to the Club’s facebook page.
The starting point for more information is at: http://novascotiacricket.com.
Bangladesh Under-19′s won the toss, elected to field and followed through by bowling out Canada’s juniors for just 75 in the ICC U19 World Cup Plate playoffs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Saturday (Feb 22). Bangladesh hit 76/1 in the 14th over to win by nine wickets. Canada’s first wicket fell with 11 on the board at the end of the third over. Two more wickets fell in quick succession and after ten overs Canada was on 26/4 – defending champions India made a similar bad start against England in the battle for the 2014 ICC U19 World Cup in Dubai.
Continue reading Bangladesh U19 romps to win over Canada in Plate Playoffs
The Canadian cricket news content from the latest selection of newspapers included one mention about Canada’s loss of ODI status at the senior level, a couple of previews about the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup that continues in the UAE until the end of next week, a story about Toronto Cricket Club’s participation in some games against an American MidWest Conference squad in March and a letter to the editor about the state of Canadian Cricket.
An honourable mention was also given to Hemnarine Chattergoon on his election as president of the Canadian Softball Cricket Association. News from the world of the ICC Full Member countries activities are also mentioned in this round-up. Continue reading News roundup