The Canada U19 team had an easy win over Vanuatu in their third match of the global Under 19 qualifier. Canada (1-1) needed a win against the surprise tournament qualifiers to keep their qualification hopes alive. Vanuatu struggled against the Canadian bowling and managed 144 all out from 45.5 overs. Aulakh took 3 wickets, [...]
Cricket Canada is proud to announce the following squads for the Intercontinental Cup and ODI matches against Afghanistan.
Jimmy Hansra will captain both squads as Canada look to get off to winning starts in both the Intercontinental Cup and ODI Leagues. Zeeshan Siddiqui and Tyson Gordon are both in line to make first class debuts for Canada, however Siddiqui has played first class cricket previously in his native Pakistan.
Continue reading Cricket Canada names squad to face Afghanistan
Cricket at the historic Feildian Grounds
A report from Dave Liverman
Cricket made a triumphant return to the Feildian Grounds in St. John’s Newfoundland on a fine sunny afternoon in late July. The last match played at the historic Grounds before today was likely the match between the Feildians and the Royal Navy in 1946, almost exactly 65 years ago. This was also likely the first league match played since at least the 1970s, and marked a major advance for cricket in the province. We’d had successful tapeball games last year, but this was the real thing, hard ball, pads, gloves and other protective gear.
This was also the christening of our new artificial pitch, generously donated by Atul Ahuja. The pitch was laid out on a prepared strip of grass in the middle of the soccer field and played acceptably- despite cutting and rolling the underlying surface was not as even was we would wish, and the bounce was somewhat unpredictable. Most importantly though it was safe. The pitch is only half length so we adapted the game somewhat, bowling from one end only. The presence of soccer goals also required some ground rules, with four runs being awarded for anyone who could score a goal in the net at fine leg. The teams soon adapted and positioned a fielder in the goal-keeper position.!
Continue reading The St. John’s cricket renaissance continues..
Newfoundland has perched in fog-bound isolation ever since sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age, cutting it off from the Canadian mainland. Until a year ago, it was in cricketing solitude too, as the only province in Canada without a recognised association to promote the game. However, that solitary confinement is over, and this week an artificial pitch has been laid on the Feildian Grounds in St John’s, bringing a hard-ball cricket league to the region for the first time in decades.
It’s a fantastic step towards rejuvenation, but what happens next is still a bit unclear. How does Cricket Newfoundland (Cricket NL) make sure this isn’t just a flash in the pan? Rather fortunately, most of the neighbouring provinces have faced similar battles, and are some way further down the line. Tapping into their experiences and expertise is a sure-fire way of improving our chances of success.
With 750,000 inhabitants, New Brunswick is about 50% more populous than Newfoundland & Labrador. As the only constitutionally bilingual province in Canada, it is also twice as linguistic. And when it comes to cricket, the place has it in its soul. The very name New Brunswick is a corruption of “New Ball! Runs! Wickets!” a battle cry used by English soldiers to confuse their French opponents in the Seven Years’ War*.
Continue reading Hoping for a warmer future in icy climes (CricInfo)
Cricket Canada yesterday issued a press release promoting the Etihad Summer Festival featuring a three-way international 20-20 tournament, with guests Afghanistan and Trinidad and Tobago.
On the very same day the Trinidad Express report that T+T will not be making the trip to Canada. Roger Seepersad writes as follows:-
“Trinidad and Tobago’s Champions League Twenty20 preparation hit a [...]
The Canadian U19 squad, after a thrilling win over Scotland in their opening match of the Global U19 World Cup qualifier, lost narrowly to Kenya today. Kenya at one point reduced to 47/4 thanks to three wickets from Nitesh Kumar, recovered to post 215/7, in large part due to a century from Duncan Allen well supported by Joseph Ochieng. Both Shah and Dutta made half-centuries as Canada made a good start to the run-chase but they faltered as the middle order struggled to combat a rising run rate. The tail-end battled hard but Canada were all out in the final over, leaving Kenya the winner by 15 runs.
Continue reading Under 19s lose to Kenya
It’s festival time again and Cricket Canada is pleased to announce a series of events celebrating cricket in the Greater Toronto Area which will culminate with the 2011 Etihad Summer Festival. Caribbean T20 champions Trinidad and Tobago and 2010 ICC Intercontinental Cup Champions Afghanistan will join Canada in this year’s event. Quickly becoming one of the most prestigious events on the Associate cricket calendar, the second annual festival celebrates Cricket and gives fans a chance to enjoy the game in various ways throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Cricket Canada has put together a fun-filled two weeks of activities across the GTA for fans and supporters of all ages.
Continue reading Etihad Summer Festival (Cricket Canada)
The scene was just like home; quite, quite English. Lush green outfield, red ball, teams thankfully in creams. Not a pyjama or a white ball or a floodlight in sight, 1-0. The smell however was from a continent more distant still, as the players’ nostrils slowly filled with rafts of exquisite curry, 1-1 The sound tipped it in the favour of the sub-continent, with Bhangra, loud-haler advice for the batsmen to score more quickly and the gentle chatter of Indian dialects. India 2 England 1.
The Hyderabad cricket team were in town; and playing three games against an Ontario Cricket Association XI. Finely hosted by the O.C.A.’s Melvin John, I spent two fine days in the company of these cricketers. The tourists were led by the renowned Mr. Man Singh, who had led India to famous World Cup glory in 1983 in England (beating that great West Indian team in the final at Lord’s) and also managed the 1987 squad when the tournament was played on the sub-continent.
Continue reading Hyderabad Comes to Scarborough
The Canadian U19 squad are in Ireland, attempting to qualify for next year’s World Cup. They took on Scotland in their opening fixture and made an excellent start, posting 212/3 from 35 overs, thanks to a superb century from 17 year-old Nitesh Kumar. The match came to an exciting conclusion as 6 wickets fell in the [...]
Inaugural Ajax Mayor’s Cricket Festival aims to promote the sport
For local residents who don’t know a wicket from a pitch, an Ajax cricket festival is just the place to learn about a sport that’s played in more than 100 countries. The Corporate Canada Cricket Club is hosting the inaugural Ajax Mayor’s Cricket Festival on July 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ajax Cricket Club, 615 Monarch Ave. This will be the third such festival in the GTA.
“We started it in Mississauga and Brampton in 2010 and we have a few players who live in the Durham Region in general and in the Ajax community in particular and they asked do you want do an event in Ajax,” said Fasih Masood, founder and chairman of the Corporate Canada Cricket Club.
Continue reading Cricket fans up to bat at Ajax festival (Durhamregion.com)
Given that it’s often regarded as the world’s greatest team game and given that it was declared Canada’s national sport at the time of Confederation, it’s great to see that the Canadian banks — many of whom operate in the countries where the game is played — are becoming sponsors of cricket.
Continue reading Canadian banks finding good business as cricket sponsors? (National Post)
The captains of the ten teams taking part in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Dublin and the North-West spoke today of their excitement of taking part in the event which begins tomorrow.
Teams from Afghanistan, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, USA and Vanuatu join hosts Ireland for the tournament which is being played from 28 July to 9 August. The top six sides of the tournament will qualify for a place at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia next year. The 10 ICC Full Members automatically qualify.
Continue reading Captains look ahead to ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier (ICC)
By Nigel Reed
For a kid from a family which doesn’t play sport, Jimmy Hansra has done alright. For a kid who didn’t play cricket seriously until he got to university, Canada’s new captain has made exceptional progress in a short space of time.
Hansra, a 26-year-old middle order batsman and occasional offspin bowler, has succeeded his teammate Ashish Bagai as skipper of Canada’s national team.
After enjoying a successful Cricket World Cup earlier this year, Hansra has just returned from Lauderhill, Fla., where he led Canada to victory in the ICC Americas Championship. Impressive stuff for a player dismissed for a second-ball duck in his Canadian senior debut less than two years ago.
Perhaps we should not be surprised. Hansra’s rise in cricketing circles has been anything but conventional.
Continue reading Canada’s new cricket captain just getting started (CBC)
CIMA is to welcome the CIMA Toronto mayor’s cricket team to London as it prepares for a one week tour as part of the Cricket across the Pond (CAP) scholarship programme.
CAP is an annual programme organised and managed by CIMA Canada. In partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the British Consulate General in Toronto and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, CAP uses cricket to motivate young people from Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods. The programme aims to promote values such as discipline, respect, and integrity through an international learning experience.
Chessington cricket club in Surrey will host the team during their tour, which begins on 30 July 2011. They will play against some of the county’s leading clubs and enjoy a tour of the famous Lord’s cricket ground as a guest of Keith Bradshaw, chief executive officer of Marylebone cricket club. Continue reading CIMA Toronto mayor’s cricket team to tour London
The Daily Commercial News reports that as part of a proposal to build a new jail in Windsor, Ontario “the province also incorporated a public recreation area on site as a gesture of goodwill or citizenship. This will be a standard soccer field and an adjoining cricket [...]