The following report was submitted to us as cricket resumes in Toronto.
Centurion C.C. the defending unbeaten T-20 champions started the regular season with two victories in both formats of the game played at the King City last Sunday, 4 July. In the morning Centurion’s beat Cricket Club of Canada (CCC) by 29 runs. Highlight of the game(T-20) was a solid third wicket stand between Veteran Former Sri Lanka and Canadian national cricketer, Brian Rajadurai (59 in 49 balls) and Skipper Srimantha Wijeyeratne (60 not out in 46 balls) who helped to bring a fitting score on the board, 148/4 in 20 over’s, after being reeling at 12/3 one stage. CCC going for a target of 149 to win was bowled out for 119. Bowling for Centurions was sphere headed by Young All-rounder and medium pacer, Uvin Bandara with a spell of 3/13, Brian Rajadurai 2/37 and S. Malhotra 2/22.
In the second game (50 over format) Centurion’s C.C. beat Maple Quest C.C. by 34 runs at the same pitch ‘D’ at the King City grounds. Batting first, Centurion’s were bowled out for 208 in 29.4 over’s. Highlight of this game was solid opening partnership between the two Bandara brothers, Uvin (54) and Kavin (36). Arun Mohan (28) and Aditya Pandyaaz (22) contributed towards Centurions batting to bring up the total. Going for a victory target of 209 to win, Maple Quest C.C. managed only 174 all out in 30.1 over’s. Once again it was Uvin Bandara with a fine spell of medium pace bowling (4/26) made difficult for the Maple batters to go for the target with support coming from Naresh Budhayer (3/07) and Raghu Harikrishnan (2/54) bowling well for Centurions C.C.
Centurions will miss out on National Player Nick Dutta, who has signed up to play in MCL in USA where he will be playing till end August and certainly be out for a major part of the local tournament.
Next game for Centurions will be on the 10 July, Saturday at King City (50 over) and will be pitted against a strong Toronto S.C.C. who will include former Canadian national players, Ashish Bagai, Sheed Kashvani and Zuban Surkari. Also expected to see Nitish Kumar, if available, who is also involved in the MCL in US. Centurions will be announcing the inclusion of former Sri Lanka First Class and Canadian national player Dhanuka Pathirana in the team.