By: Ashley Prest
While cricket has a low profile in Canada, the game is the stuff of dreams for Canada’s under-15 team.
Under captain Prushoth Senathirajah of Toronto, Canada had a shot at winning the International Cricket Association Americas U15 Northern Championship as the three-team event concluded on Friday afternoon at Assiniboine Park, but the hosts fell 174-154 to Bermuda.
The USA won the tournament by run rate, a tie-breaking calculation comprising runs for and against.
“It’s been pretty exciting to be part of this event, the competition is really good here and it’s fun representing your country, you feel honoured that you are picked,” said Guyan Ferdinands, 15, of Scarborough, Ont. who was named Best Bowler for the tournament. The bowler is a key player, as he delivers the ball to the batsman.
“The coaches told me that it’s great that you made it to this level but now you’ve got to perform at this level to get noticed. Every game I’ve been trying to do my best. Aim high. My next goal is to make it to the Under-19 Canada side and then hopefully onto the national senior team. This experience has helped me a lot.”
Continue reading Kids are crazy about cricket (Winnipeg Free Press)
Ron Fanfair in Share News reports that Cricket Canada is negotiating with an Australian who has been offered the national coaching job. Ron reports:-
“We are going through the process with him and we hope to have the deal completed in two weeks once he accepts,” said Cricket Canada’s first vice-president Ravin Moorthy. A reliable source told Share [...]
By Peter Della Penna in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada U-15 off-spinner Gayan Ferdinands derailed USA’s chase with a five-wicket haul to lead his side to a 25-run win on Thursday in the 2011 ICC Americas U-15 Northern Division Tournament at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ferdinands was named Man of the Match after wrecking USA’s middle order with 5 for 36 in eight overs including two maidens. The win takes Canada to 2-1 while USA finishes the tournament at 2-2.
Continue reading Five by Ferdinands helps Canada upend USA (DreamCricket)
A Mississauga teen is leading the way for Cricket Canada. Abraash Khan was named Man of the Match in Canada’s second game at the International Cricket Council (ICC) U15 America’s North Division 1 tournament, being held this week in Winnipeg. Batting fourth, the 13-year-old all-rounder – the youngest member of the team – smashed a game-high 77 runs off 69 balls as Canada rolled over Bermuda 207-107 on Tuesday. He also contributed with the ball, capturing a key wicket during the visitors’ turn at bat.
Continue reading Cricket phenom excels with bat (Mississauga.com)
Come out to the cricket festival next month at Centennial Park. Toronto City Cricket Club expects to host as many as 700 guests and participating players on Saturday, Sept. 10 at noon at the Renforth Drive-Eglinton Avenue West park.
The club celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. It is the festival’s 10th anniversary. This year is also [...]
The U15 national squad beat Bermuda by 100 runs in the U15 America championship in Winnipeg
Scorecard from [...]
By: Lindor Reynolds
If you say cricket to most North Americans, they think Jiminy.
Start talking wicket keepers, bowlers and cow corners and the average person will back away slowly. Ask a rabid fan an innocent question about the rules and expect to be there for at least an hour as an increasingly larger group of men stand, gesticulate and say things such as “a maiden isn’t a lady. If you bowl six in a row, it’s called a maiden lady.”
Well, of course it is.
I once spent five days in a sailboat in the Caribbean. The crew were cranky enough that if they’d believed we had any money, they would have killed us for it. But when we asked them about cricket, the rum couldn’t come out fast enough.
Several hours later, with large hangovers on the way, we were friends. I still had no idea how the game was played but I was no longer afraid for my life.
Cricket is huge in Manitoba, says Keith James, a player, ump, scorekeeper and aficionado of the sport. There are roughly 500 players in the province, ranging from school kids to adults. If you’ve driven through Assiniboine Park in summer, you’ve seen the players in their elegant whites. This week, you’ll see young players competing in the International Cricket Council’s under 15 championship.
Continue reading Explaining cricket a sticky wicket (Winnipeg Free Press)
By Peter Della Penna in Winnipeg, Manitoba
USA U-15 captain Dave Parikh’s brilliant all-round performance was more than enough for his side to defeat Canada U-15 by 138 runs on Monday afternoon in the 2011 ICC Americas U-15 Northern Division Tournament at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Parikh was the easy choice for Man of the Match after top scoring in USA’s innings with 67 not out before wrecking Canada’s lineup in the field with figures of 4 for 6 in eight overs including four maidens. USA moves to 2-0 with the win while Canada joins Bermuda at 0-1.
Continue reading USA beat Canada at Americas U15 (DreamCricket)
By: Robby Frankel
If you’re in, you’re out.
Confusing, yes, but often true of the lingo in the sport of cricket, so count on much of this verbiage when the International Cricket Conference lands at Assiniboine Park for the Americas Under-15 Northern Division tournament beginning Monday.
The tournament features only three teams: Canada, USA and Bermuda, and although cricket may seem foreign to our snowy peaks and wide open spaces, Team Canada, is in fact, the two-time defending champion.
“People are often surprised to hear this,” said John Lovelace, the vice-president of the Manitoba Cricket Association. “But we have some standout talent on this team and we’ve won the last two tournaments.”
Each team is comprised of a 15-man roster plus a coach, and as Lovelace explains, based on Canada’s immigration patterns, it should be no shock that we regularly beat up on our neighbour to the south and perennially put forth a competitive squad.
“Cricket is largely an immigrant sport,” said Lovelace. “Most of the talent comes from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other places in the region. So based on that, it should be no surprise Canada manages to put forth strong teams. We live in a very multicultural country.”
Continue reading Canada hosts Under-15 tourney (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Eastern District No-Ballerz women’s cricket team scored their first-ever victory in dramatic fashion Sunday.
The No-Ballerz played West Vancouver Sunday for the third time this season, having narrowly lost both previous fixtures against the ladies from the big city. In this match, though, the Chilliwack girls took over the game immediately, with quick wickets killing off any chance of West Vancouver scoring a formidable total.
Continue reading Chilliwack cricket news (Chilliwack Times)
Canada with the Auty Cup
Canada won the Auty Cup with a 34-run victory against some plucky USA batting in the final session on Tuesday. Openers Alfred and Mohammad put 65 runs on the board in about 7 overs, before Alfred fell to Parth Desai for 38. He was caught playing a lofted defensive shot. Mohammad soon followed, stumped Bhatti off Desai for 33. Nanjee was caught by Bhatti off Hiral Patel for 3 (84 for 3). Tumala played a fine innings. He and George carried the US score to 131 before George holed out for 26 when Hansra brought himself on. He was caught by Patel. Next ball Dodson skied to backward square leg and was caught by Cheema for a duck (131-5). Leg-spinner Siddiqui then trapped Singh lbw (131-6) but in came US skipper Desai who struck some fine shots. There was relief in the Canadian camp when Tumala was bowled by Siddiqui for 63. Tumala and Desai had carried the US tally to 212 for 7. Haidar was then caught by Siddiqui off Hansra (213-8) but Mohammad Ghous produced some defiant shots batting at number 10. Skipper Desai eventually fell to a catch by substitute Baidwan off Siddiqui for 62 (261 for 9) and Ghous fell to a return catch by Parth Desai for 39. USA 270 all out in 39.2 overs.
Canadian captain Jimmy Hansra was named Man-of-the-Match. He also took hold of the Autry trophy. Hansra paid thanks to both teams for a good match. He commented on the heavy workload of international matches that the Canadian players have undertaken in the last few weeks. It was, as he said, a hot day to be out in the field on Tuesday.
Continue reading Canada beat USA for Auty Cup
One of the loveliest aspects of Newfoundland is its relaxed pace of life. Much like Inzamam-ul-Haq between the wickets, things rarely move in a hurry. For worse as well as better, though, it can sometimes feel like you’re living a couple of decades out of sync with the rest of the world. City-wide recycling only came to St John’s last year, while there aren’t cycle lanes yet. And as cyclists and recyclists are much more numerous than cricketers, it seems risky to expect the local authorities to jump on our bandwagon with wild abandon.
That’s not to say the Cricket Association of Newfoundland & Labrador has no local support, though. Thanks to some hard work, we now have somewhere to play hard-ball cricket: the Feildian Grounds, which, after a hiatus of more than 60 years, have returned to their original use. Just a couple of weeks ago, on a donated plastic wicket laid on top of the main soccer pitch, they hosted the launch of a brand new three-team summer league.
Continue reading A plan of green fables (CricInfo)
The Afghanistan XI beat the USA XI by 48 runs (based on records I saw), at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario in the opening game of the third and final day of the Etihad Summer Cricket Festival 2011. In human terms, it provided a study in the reality of security. There were absolutely no problems at the ground with player and fan behaviour. I do not recall seeing any visiting York Regional Police officer, leaving a few security persons at the ground entrance and in a couple of other spots.
Continue reading A study in the reality of security as Afghanistan XI beats the USA XI (Eddie Norfolk)
A report on this web site stated that Cricket Canada’s President Mr. Ranjit Saini has indicated that this will be his last year in that office. We are informed this is inaccurate, and that Mr Saini has not reached any decision as to whether to run again at the next [...]
An exciting day of cricket saw Canada lose to Trinidad and Tobago, and Afghanistan beat the USA. That left three teams with 2 wins, but net run-rate saw Trinidad and Tobago with the championship, and Canada runners up.
Continue reading Etihad Festival – Day 3