After a long summer, the National T20 League comes to a close with the best of 3 finals between Ontario and British Columbia being played Saturday October 1st – Sunday October 2nd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. Cricket Canada has partnered with Sorkkam.tv to show both of Saturday’s matches live on www.gocricketgocanada.com
BC, having qualified by winning the west regional in August in Edmonton, are led by Canadian team captain Jimmy Hansra and U19 and senior player Manny Aulakh.
Ontario defeated Atlantic winners Quebec in the East regional and feature 12 of their 14 man squad who have played for Canada.
The best of three final starts on Saturday with two matches
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Michael Dighton has been named Cricket Canada’s National Coach. Dighton, the former Tasmanian batsmen is a veteran of over 60 first class Australian games and was recently the assistant coach for the Netherlands at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in South Asia. Dighton has also had coaching stints as the head coach of the Cricket Australia [...]
By Tyler Loutan
EDMONTON — After a full year of renovation, the west end Victoria Cricket Grounds are now the only cricket grounds in western Canada to have a natural turf pitch as per the international standards of professional cricket. Pitch renovations were completed in time to host the Edmonton and District Cricket League (EDCL) final.
“To build the pitch, I used the same blueprints for the Lord’s Cricket Grounds in England,” said Ken Rohoman, the contractor who renovated the Victoria Cricket Grounds. The Lord’s Cricket Grounds is one of the major cricket venues where England’s professional cricket team plays.
The Victoria Cricket Grounds has been under renovation since the last part of the 2010 season. The pitch was under construction to remove the older crushed brick surface and upgraded to a natural turf pitch. The resurfacing of the pitch came with a few obstacles that delayed the renovation.
Continue reading West Edmonton cricket grounds ready for play (West Edmonton Local)
By Umar Ali
It has been an eventful year for Canada’s men’s national cricket team, with a noteworthy performance in the Caribbean T20, its most impressive showing at the Cricket World Cup — and a significant roster shakeup. The squad underwent serious changes in the aftermath of the Cricket World Cup as several veterans left the program, notably head coach Pubudu Dassanayake and and captain Ashish Bagai. But a recent 10-day tour of Ireland provided the Canadians with the chance to compete against a top-ranked opponent for the first time with a revamped roster and interim coach Ingleton Liburd at the helm.
“It is a challenge to play any international cricket,” said newly appointed captain Jimmy Hansra. “It was a big tour for us. “But the experience we’re going to gain and the cricket we’re going to play [has] got people very focused.”
As much as the exposure and experience obtained are welcome attributes, the results were far from satisfactory.
Continue reading Canada’s cricketers suffering identity crisis (CBC)
In the second one-day international of the tour of Ireland, Canada produced a much improved performance in the field to restrict Ireland to 249/7. Their reply was hampered by some suicidal running with three of the first four wickets falling to run-outs and they never recovered. Ireland completed a third one sided win, this time by 56 runs.
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Canada fared no better at the one day game than they did in the four-day version, again being comprehensively outplayed by a strong Irish team. Ireland, led by 88 from Ed Joyce made an impressive 328/6 from their 50 overs. Canada never threatened to come close to the win, as wickets fell and the run rate required increased throughout their innings. Limbada made a good half-century, his highest score for Canada in five one day internationals, but they were all out for 195, losing by 133 runs.
Continue reading Canada lose to Ireland in 1st one-day international
If this is a postcard, it needs a stamp. To travel from Newfoundland, it will need to be an airmail stamp. Fortunately this Canadian cricketing missive combines the correct amount of philately with a good dash of transatlantic air speed. And a slightly bemused Italian pilot.
That man is (or was) Francesco de Pinedo. His love – above all other things – was flying. An aviation pioneer, this Neapolitan nobleman made a series of extraordinary flights in the 1920s, including a 34,000-mile trip from Rome to Australia and back, via Japan. As far as records indicate, though, de Pinedo had no interest in cricket.
He might be posthumously startled, therefore, to learn that he is now very popular with the members of Lancashire CCC. He might be even more surprised to learn that it’s all thanks to Newfoundland, and some stamps issued by the dominion in 1927.
Continue reading We’ve got airmail (CricInfo)
Calling all coaches…
Cricket Canada is looking for motivated, passionate and skilled cricketers with a keen interest in coaching to puruse the goals laid out in the 2011 Strategic plan. Cricket Canada, in association wtih ICC America’s will be offering the ICC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Certification Course in Toronto September 23-25th, 2011.
The offering is the first in a series of initiatives to support Cricket Canada’s strategic plan that was released earlier this year. Cricket Canada will be looking to certify as many coaches across Canada on an annual basis. In 2012, the Level 2 course will be offered in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board benchmarking Cricket Canada’s courses against a top FM international standard. Positions are being offered in the first course to provinces on the basis of georgraphic and demographic criteria. In accordance with Cricket Canada’s goal’s laid out in the strategic plan, 6 regional and 20 area coaches will be certified to support and train regional squads in all of our programs.
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EMMET RIORDAN in Rathmines
CRICKET: IT WAS a measure of the meek challenge put up by Canada in this Intercontinental Cup match over its two-day duration that the moment of most concern for Ireland came in an unscheduled meeting between two of their players while going for the same ball. Ireland completed their second 20-point victory inside six days to go top of the table with an innings and 11-run annihilation, with off-spinner Albert van der Merwe completing a fine day’s work in earning career-best first-class figures of eight for 131 on a day when 23 wickets fell in total. Rizwan Cheema’s knock of 97 from 45 balls gave the afternoon crowd some entertainment to go with the late summer sunshine, a change in mood from their concern earlier in the day when Paul Stirling and skipper Kevin O’Brien crashed into each other after colliding while attempting to catch Amarbir Hansra off a top edge. After treatment from Kieran O’Reilly and Brendan Connor they both made their way gingerly off the pitch. A collision more in keeping with the nearby RDS could have had nightmare consequences ahead of the important ODI, and now World Cup qualifying, matches against the Canadians next week, but a bloody toe, bruised shoulder and a few scratches for O’Brien and a stiff neck for Stirling added up to a good result in the circumstances.
Continue reading Easy victory over Canada leaves Ireland in good stead (Irish Times)
On the second day of play in the Intercontinental Cup, the good news was that Canada took the three remaining Irish wickets for just 27 runs, and then smashed 451 runs from 93 overs of Irish bowling. The bad news was that they lost twenty wickets in the process, losing the match by an innings and 11 runs with two days remaining. The highlight for Canada was Cheema’s second innings of 97 in 45 balls but overall the batsmen failed to show the application required against strong opponents.
Continue reading Canada lose to Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup
An aggressive century from Paul Stirling and a whirlwind 79 from Kevin O’Brien helped Ireland amass 435 for 7 on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 match against Canada in Dublin.
Stirling and Gary Wilson justified Ireland’s decision to bat first by adding 155 for the first wicket at more than four runs an over [...]
Cricket Ireland this evening named a full strength squad for their forthcoming ODI’s against Canada at Clontarf next week.
Trent Johnston has recovered from a knee injury and joins the English county based players for the games on Monday September 19 and Tuesday 20th (10:30am start).
Ireland coach Phil Simmons welcomed the news from ICC that there will be two automatic places in the 2015 World Cup for the sides which finish first and second in the ODI league, which has already begun.
“It certainly gives all the one-day games in the league some extra spice, and there’s sure to be some high pressure games as the league progresses. We’ve gotten off to a good start beating Namibia twice, and we’ll be looking to add to that with wins against Canada. We’ve tried to schedule the games to give ourselves the best chance of having everyone available, which isn’t always easy.
Continue reading Cricket Ireland name full-strength squad for ODI’s against Canada (Cricket Europe)
St John's Superkings
The Superkings beat the Thunderbolts in a thrilling cup-final on another superb sunny day at Torbay field. The Thunderbolts found batting hard on a pitch that had variable bounce and totalled 102 for 9 from their 20 overs. Nagesh as usual bowled well giving up just 10 runs in his four overs and [...]
In the Final Match, York University batted first. They were cruising on 80/1 powered by Khushroo Wadia’s 41. Parth Raval came into bowl and with a magical spell of 9/4, started a collapse where York U ended up scoring only 110. On the chase for 112, Ryerson cruised losing only 5 wickets. Noman Aslam scored 34.
Continue reading Ryerson University are the 2011 Canadian University and College National Champions
Rohan Devraj is following his passion. At 14 years of age the young Burnaby cricketer recently got his first taste of representing his country in Winnipeg, helping Canada to second place in a four-game series against Bermuda and eventual cup winner United States. “It was a good experience. I met a lot of players at my level and I realized it was not easy to get to the Canada team,” said Devraj, who was one of just two players from the West Coast selected to the national team.
Continue reading Cricketer gets look at national team (Burnaby Now)