Here are the scores and notes about team and individual achievements from the opening weekend of the Niagara Cricket Club’s T20 Event 2020. Eight teams are participating in the Niagara Cricket Club’s T20 Event 2020 in Thorold, Ontario. Current provincial and municipality pandemic regulations mean that no spectators are allowed at the ground but games are being live- streamed via the club’s facebook page.
Just two games were played in Group A on the opening weekend (July 25 & 26, 2020) with host club Niagara Elites and Youngstars each registering a win. Jazba and Spartans made losing starts in Group A.
York CC (Won 2, Lost 0) head group B while Avengers lost both games. So Toronto Knight Riders and Shinol MS Boys who each won once and lost once are in the hunt, along with York CC, for a playoff berth in Group B.
The remaining Group games are scheduled for Saturday (August 1, 2020) and Sunday (August 2,2020) with the playoffs to follow on holiday Monday (August 3, 2020). Given the limited opportunities to play cricket this pandemic summer there is potential for both dramatic batting failures and collapses – a failure is where an innings is almost over before it begins – or blistering partnerships.
Saturday July 25, 2020 Results and Notes
Saturday Game 1: Group A Youngstars beat Jazba by 8 wickets
Jazba CC 161/7 (20 ov; Nasir Shafiq 68, Taj Pawar 25*, Junaid Siddiqui 3/33, Hafeez Ullah 2/27)
Youngstars CC 162/2 (15.2 ov; Hafeez Ullah 71, Walid Imtiaz 60)
Game notes: Jazba’s openers put 36 runs on the board by the middle of the 5th over but both were dismissed and the run rate had stagnated when Shivpreet Grewal departed for 18 runs (20 balls) at 43/3 at the start of the 8th over. Grewal fell to Junaid Siddiqui, after opening partner Sherwin Layne (20 runs from 18 balls) and one other were dismissed off Hafeez Ullah’s bowling. Jazba captain Nasir Shafiq, batting at five, showed the way with 68 (31 balls) before being stumped off Siddiqui to leave Jazba on 127/7 at 15.4 overs. Number eight batter Taj Pawar pumped 25* from 13 balls to carry Jazba to 161/7 at the end of 20 overs. Junaid Siddiqui took 3/33 from 4 overs while Hafeez Ullah ended with 2/27 from 4 overs.
Youngstars opening bats Hafeez Ullah (71 from 40 balls) and Walid Imtiaz (60 from 36 balls) Hafeez Ullah plundered 139 for the first wicket from 12.2 overs. Walid Imtiaz was out at 139 then Hafeez Ullah fell four runs and four balls later with victory seemingly looming.
Saturday Game 2: Group B: York CC beat Toronto Knight Riders by 6 wickets
Toronto Knight Riders 152/8 (20 ov; Bharat Negi 71, Sahil Patel 21, Auqif Toor 4/27, Ricky Dhillon 3/29)
York CC 153/4 (17.4 ov; Ruvindu Gunasekera 66, Rayyan Pathan 50, Abraash Khan 31)
Game notes: Bharat Negi (71) and Sahil Patel (26) added 54 for Toronto Knight Riders 2nd wicket from 5 overs. York’s Auqif Toor ( 4 wkts for 27 runs, 4 overs) caught and bowled Knight Riders top scorer Bharat Negi for 71. York opening bats Rayyan Pathan (50 from 34 balls) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (66 from 46 balls) shared an opening stand of 72. Gunasekera and Abraash Khan (31 from 19 balls) then added 63 for York’s second wicket.
Game 3: Group B: Toronto Knight Riders beat Avengers by 2 runs.
Toronto Knight Riders 151/8 (20 overs; Bharat Negi 84*, Priyank Chohan 22, Mubashir Javed 3/29)
Avengers 149/8 (20 overs: Niaz Paracha 55, Eshan Kharal 25*, Aizaz Ahmad 18, Humayan Abbasi 3/14)
Game notes: Bharat Negi was the mainstay of Toronto Knight Riders innings with 84* (58 balls) after coming in after the first wicket fell to the third ball of the game. Negi had some support from Priyank (Sonny) Chohan who scored 22. Mubashir Javad dismissed 3 of the top five in the Toronto Knight Riders batting order, ending with 3/29 from 4 overs. Avengers opening bat Niaz Paracha scored 55 (31 balls) but was caught off Sahil Patel to make it 100/5 after 12.2 overs. This became 106/7 at the end of 14 overs before a recovery lead by Eshan Kharal (25* from 22 balls) and Aizaz Ahmad (18 from 17 balls) ended in a run out at 147/8 with 1 ball left of the 20 overs. Avengers scored 2 runs, so Toronto Knight Riders won by 2 runs.
Sunday July 26, 2020 Results and Game Notes
Sunday Game 1: Group B: Shinol MS Boys beat Avengers by 6 wickets
Avengers 152 (18.4 overs; Naveed Sehrai 54, Aizaz Ahmad 28)
Shinol MS Boys 154/4 (18.2 overs; Sam Pirabakar 72*, Jeyandran Rajaingham 28*)
Game Notes: Avengers opening burst of 33 runs from 3.2 overs ended with Niaz Paracha caught for 11 (33/1 3.3 overs). Two wickets fell to Rakulan Ratnam six runs later, but opener and captain Naveed Sehrai notched 54 (31 balls) before being bowed for 54; Avengers 91/5 (11.4 overs), including 21 from Mubashir Javed. Aizaz Ahmad struck 28 runs batting at number 6, departing at the end of the 18th over with Avengers 146/8. Shinol’s Sam Pribabkar picked up 2 for 12 from 1.4 overs as Avengers ended 152 all out, then struck 72* from 52 balls batting at four to steer Shinol to victory with 10 balls to spare. Shabry Haniffa (18) provided support in a 4th wicket stand of 54, then came an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 51 runs withere Jevandran Rajasingham clipped 28* from 16 balls.
Sunday Game 2: Group B: York CC beat Shinol MS Boys by 42 runs
York CC 190/4 (20 ov; Abraash Khan 54, Dilon Heyliger 36*, Rayyan Pathan 29)
Shinol MS Boys 148 (19.3 ov; Sam Pirabakar 43, Anil Kumar Reddy 35, Shabry Haniffa 32, Auqif Toor 4/23)
Game Notes: York’s opening bats Rayyan Pathan (29 from 18 balls) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (31 from 32 balls) shared a stand of 44. Gunasekera and Abraash Khan (54 from 26 balls) then added 64 for the second wicket. Dilon Heyliger struck 36* from 19 balls to lead a 5th wicket stand of 53* that lifted York to what proved a winning total and two wins from two games.
Shinol’s batters at 2, 3 and 4 scored useful runs but the rest of the batters began to fold as 88/3 (11.2 overs) slipped to 100/7 (13.6 ov). Opener Shabry Haniff made 32 (23 balls) before being caught off Nikhil Dutta’s bowling to end a second wicket stand of 62 to close the 9th over with Shinol 71/2. Anil Kumar Reddy (35 from 48 balls) then became the first of Auqif Toor’s 4/23 (3.3 overs) at 88/3. Shinol’s innings ended when Auqif Toor dismissed Sam Pirabakar for 43 runs (30 balls) in the 20th over.
** A penalty of 6 runs is shown in a game summary note against York due to a slow over rate but does not seem to be in the actual scorecard. The rationale for the penalty runs is explained. Now if York CC (Won 2, Lost 0) beat Avengers (Won 0, Lost 2) this coming weekend there will be no need to worry about the York Net Run Rate but strange things can happen in cricket.
Sunday Game 3: Group A: Niagara Elites beat Spartans by 8 wickets
Spartans 127/7 (20 overs; Suraj Negi 60*, Pragath Podiratnan 3/23)
Niagara Elites 128/2 (14.5 overs; Aaditya Varadarajan 67*, Sachin Asokan 37)
Game Notes: Niagara’s Pragath Podiratnan (3/23 from 4 overs) took the wickets of the second, third and fourth batters in a lively opening phase that left Avengers on the backfoot at 35/4 after 5.4 overs. Avengers struggled to 76/6 after 9.1 overs and the eventual total of 127/7 (20 overs) owed much to Suraj Negi whose 60* from 33 balls.
Niagara opening bat Sachin Asokan (37 from 36 balls) and combined well with number 3, Aditya Varadarajan hit 67* from 33 balls. When Asokan was dismissed midway through the 11th over Avengers will have hoped for more wickets and a win. But Niagara’s 79/2 (10.3 ovs) proved the base for a winning 128/2 just 4.2 overs later as Muzamil Khan chipped in with 14* from 14 balls.