As the 2010 Canadian season draws to a close, it is perhaps time to reflect on what cricket means to us. It inspires passion, excitement, sometimes frustration and aggression but also nostalgia. The excellent blog “Down at Third Man” quotes a poem by Leslie Frewin “Now is September Passing Through” which we are happy to reproduce [...]
The Ontario Cricket Association Tour of Dubai and India is scheduled to start on November 23rd, 2010 and will conclude with the return on December 13, 2010. Below are the details of the tour:
Continue reading Ontario Cricket Association Tour of Dubai and India
ATN today announced the imminent launch of yet another dedicated cricket television channel nationally in Canada, having acquired exclusive Canadian distribution rights to cricket matches to be played on the Indian sub-continent from Neo Cricket, India’s number one Sports channel. The matches shall include test cricket, ODI events and 20/20 with international participation by Australia, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangla Desh, Pakistan and India in addition to Asia Cup. Also included is domestic cricket tournaments played in India between September and March every year for various exciting series including Ranji Trophy, Z.R.Irani Trophy, Challenger Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Duleep Trophy in accordance with schedules approved by BCCI
Continue reading ATN to add new cricket channel (press release)
The Windsor Cavaliers Cricket Club defeated the defending champion Sunrise Brown of Waterloo 212-210 to win the Southern Ontario Cricket Association championship last weekend. In semifinal action, Cavalier CC beat Sunrise Onkar 142-141. In other news, cricket clubs raised $1,500 during a recent Pakistan relief effort held at Jackson Park.
The money will assist the Red Cross [...]
now with added video highlights!
As summer comes to an end, and my work contract in Newfoundland does likewise, it’s time for a final postcard from this rocky outpost of eastern North America. Starting a cricket association has been a fantastic, fascinating challenge, and I’m amazed with what we’ve achieved. Our committee and constitution, our government-incorporated status, our first provincial team, our first trophy, and now our new logo*. As I prepare to leave, however, one question nags away at me. What are the long-term prospects for cricket in Newfoundland and Labrador?
Well, as that master of left-arm unorthodox spin Confucius once said, “Study the past if you would divine the future.” A trip to the sports archives in The Rooms – the fabulous provincial museum – shows we’re not the first people to try and revive cricket here. Newspaper clippings from 1980 reveal that, three decades before we incorporated the Cricket Association of Newfoundland & Labrador, a similarly international group established the Newfoundland & Labrador Cricket Association. An executive was elected, practice sessions were held, and playing areas were scouted out. They even had a British expat, a university scientist with an unusual surname – Tim Coolbear – as their rabble-rouser.
Continue reading Cricket in Newfoundland may well have reached its tipping point (CricInfo)
Nova Scotia wrapped up the Maritime 40-over Championship against New Brunswick last Saturday, September 18th, with a convincing 132 run win in the Final played at the Halifax Commons. These past two seasons the inter-provincial competition has been contested by Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Nova Scotia Cricket Association’s inaugural Halifax Cricket [...]
By Ron Fanfair
The Brampton Masters cricket team is now in possession of the crown that has eluded them the past two seasons. The losing finalist in the Toronto & District Cricket Association (TDCA) Elite cricket division launched three years ago scored an exciting, but controversial one-run win over Vikings last Sunday at King City. Needing four for victory off the last ball, Vikings appeared to have posted three runs which would have tied the scores. One of the runs was however taken away on a short run. The game would have been replayed if it had ended in a tie.
Amid the Brampton Masters celebration, Henry Osinde reflected on how close his team – which lost one game during the season -had come to losing three straight finals.
“We would have been deemed chokers and the team that could not win the big one,” said the Ugandan-born medium fast bowler. “Regardless of how good we were during the regular season, it was important for us to win the big game today. For me, it would have been a lost season if we did not come out on top.”
Continue reading Masters finally wins Toronto elite cricket title (Share News)
The most significant off season in the history of Canadian cricket kickstarts this month with much on the horizon.
The Senior men’s team will make their final push to the Cricket World Cup with a training trip to the subcontinent in mid October. Following this trip the selectors will make their final selections for 30 man and finally 15 man squads for the World Cup.
On the youth front, the u19 men’s program will continue in ernest into the winter as the training squad readies itself for the u19 Cricket World Cup qualification cycle. ICC America’s has not yet set a date for the first leg of qualifying but it is expected to be held in the United States this winter. The second leg, should Canada move through to it, will be held in July in Ireland.
Domestically, turf wicket projects in British Columbia (Abbotsford), Alberta (Victoria Park) and Manitoba (Assinaboine Park) will see the first holes being dug in the ground in what will be the first 3 turf wickets in Canada, outside the GTA. Alberta’s project was first to break ground last week as the heavy machinery moved into Victoria Park to start the digging.
Continue reading Off Season of Dreams Begins (Cricket Canada)
Cricket Europe has e-mailed us with the following news:-
“You are probably aware that the ICC is proposing to reduce the number of participating teams in the 2015 World Cup to just ten. We at CricketEurope (www.cricketeurope.com) believe that this will have dreadful consequences for Associates and Affiliates Cricket and have been [...]
First Citizens Clarke Road United returned to Trinidad following a successful tour of Canada, where they won all of the matches they played. Clarke Road, who are one of the top teams in the Eastern Credit Union Premier League two-day competition, visited Toronto and Montreal, where they played two T-20 matches, a 30-over game, two 40-over [...]
by Jeff Bolichowski
A weekend cricket tournament to raise relief money for flood-stricken Pakistan went to a time-limit draw Sunday.
The tournament attracted 12 teams of nine players, hitting the pitches at Jackson Park and Optimist Memorial Park. The final game was ruled a draw after being held over to Sunday, when some players from Michigan and Toronto couldn’t attend. “Overall it was a great day, great game,” said Affan Farooqi, one of the tournament’s organizers.
It wasn’t looking so great early Saturday morning, when heavy rainfall threatened to dampen the spirits of the cricket players. The showers sent the players scurrying for cover at least twice.
Nevertheless, after a few cloudbursts the players were back out on the pitch, bowling balls and swinging bats even in the rain. Farooqi said the game of cricket has a special meaning for the local Pakistani community.
“Cricket is our cultural and traditional game,” he said. “It’s a great way to get people together.
Continue reading Cricket tourney aids flood victims (Windsor Star)
Meraloma emerged as the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League Eltie Champions after a final match against Richmond. The teams had identical records in the Elite conference going into the final. Jason Sandher top-scored with 84 as Meraloma batted first, making 232 for 7. A devastating spell from Karl Whatham who took 6 wickets for 29 [...]
Getting people to attend an early fall cricket festival in the GTA seems a tough job.
But don’t tell Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini that.
“[The tournament] was received very well [by the public],” Saini said after the conclusion of the 10-day Cricket Canada Summer Festival. “The turnout was very good, I’ve never seen so many people [at a match in Canada].”
Bermuda, West Indies (High Performance Squad) and Canada got together in Malton for a friendly tune up this week before the 2011 Cricket World Cup, hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The attendance at the event [150-200 people for a weekday game, and up to 400 on one of the weekend days] doesn’t seem that large but Saini thought the tourney was a positive step in the growth of the game in the GTA and across the country.
“There is momentum in terms of numbers in general,” Saini said. “I see a definite upsurge in the numbers of people following Canadian cricket.”
Continue reading Cricket Canada Summer Festival a success (Toronto Observer)
At a time when the ICC World Cup is around the corner and the national team is putting up a pathetic performance on the field, Cricket Canada has pulled the trigger to sideline the Ontario Cricket Association, Focus has learnt.
According to reliable sources, Cricket Canada has placed OCA on a 30-day notice to render `null and void’ all the decisions it took in its SAGM (semi-annual general meeting) held in Ottawa this May, failing which stern action against its membership status will be taken. The 30-day notice runs out Oct 4. Apart from nullifying the Ottawa meeting, Cricket Canada also wants OCA to extend a full membership offer to Brampton-Etobicoke District Cricket League — the former Etobicoke District Cricket League that had pulled out of OCA as an associate member.
The stern action could result in OCA’s suspension and, possibly, the recognition of a new parallel provincial body (Cricket Council of Ontario) — or, even more likely, Cricket Canada may not approve any of them and itself decide to take control of cricket in Ontario, a source said.
Continue reading Canadian cricket at edge of cliffhanger (South Asian Focus)
By Ron Fanfair
Judging by International Cricket Council’s (ICC) High Performance manager Richard Done’s non-commitment, the four-day Intercontinental Cup tournament for Associates could be in jeopardy.
In an interview with Share last week, Australian-born Done continued to advocate for the Associate members to play the longer version of the sport.
The ICC however is yet to determine whether there will be a fifth edition of the tournament next year.
“At this point, there is no decision on how the I-Cup is going to be for the next year,” he said. “There are obviously some decisions to be made around the ICC in terms of the future context of the game and where everything fits, so we are going to hold off until we have got a little bit more information over the next couple of months.
“The four-day game is important for building skills and there is a place for it. It would be drastic to say there is not going to be a four-day competition.”
Continue reading ICC tournament for Associates could be in jeopardy (Share News)