The CIMA team capped the Toronto Police Board’s celebration of the return of the Mayor’s “Cricket Across the Pond” (CAP) youth cricket team from Trinidad & Tobago with a win in the final against RBC on Sunday (September 4, 2016). CIMA had ended the round-robin phase of the day’s cricket with a win against Toronto Police Cricket Club that brought net run rate (NRR) into play in deciding the finalists.
So, having arrived at the Toronto Police’s Percival B. Cummins cricket ground in Ontario’s Scarborough in time for what might have been the last two hours, I was able to see all three participating teams play.
The CIMA team was composed of players who took part in this year’s CAP tour to Trinidad & Tobago and some who had been selected as tourists in previous years. The Labour Day Holiday weekend is traditionally the time when the Toronto and District Cricket Association stages the league’s junior cricket playoffs, so some of the 2016 CAP tourists had a clash of important cricketing events.
It seems like the TDCA junior schedules had been arranges to allow maximum participation by CAP players in the Toronto Police Board’s cricket celebration. However, most of the leading junior cricketers in the Under-17 and Under-19 age groups tend to also be playing in for clubs in the TDCA senior leagues where the battle for playoff places. The TDCA’s Labour Day Monday features Under-19, Under-13 and Under-17 finals as well as the last two rounds of the Super 6 Division T20 Regular Season. The Under-19 final is played first, with an 8am start, which may allow some participating players to move on after the final at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park to wherever their senior club team is playing. Others may be back at Sunnybrook Park for the Under-17 final, depending on which teams have qualified for that final.
Saturday’s cricketing mix in the Greater Toronto Area included leading junior all-rounder Bhavindu Adhihetty opening the batting for the Canada High Performance XI against the touring Bermuda XI. I think I first saw Bhavindu Adhihetty playing in the CIMA Toronto Middle Schools cricket championships two or three years ago. But in the often anonymous world of domestic Canadian cricket, who knows when I might have first seen someone play?