The 1st Cricket Tournament at York University, Toronto  WAS A SMASH HIT

Jon Harris Have you ever wanted to win the coveted title of Best Batsman? Or maybe you would like to know what a Best Batsman is! This creature was on display at a tournament organized by the ever imaginative team 'York is U' . The group has been busy again, dreaming up interesting and unusual ways to whip up team spirit at the University.

Imagine  hearing the crack of the bat, the laughing of old friends. Could it be the old  neighbourhood baseball diamond on an early fall evening? No. It's York University's unofficial sport - cricket, of course. Played in the "back alleyways" of York for untold years, 'York is U'  finally brought to the forefront by the first annual 'York is U' Cricket Tournament.

Teams from all over the Commonwealth met on Oct. 4 & 5 to battle it out from 9 am to 5pm at the Tait McKenzie Fieldhouse - for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Team trophies.

Has cricket been about the glory of the win? Duoaud Shah, an  intrepid 'York is U' cricket tournament organizer remarked, "[It¹s about] bringing a part of Œback home¹ into the York University community." And that was the aim of the 'York is U' Cricket Challenge ­ to give those who cherish cricket, or those who have never played, a chance to shine in the York community and maybe get a little whisper of home.

Homesick international students, or just those out for a little fun, threw on their cricket whites and came on down to the Tait McKenzie Fieldhouse to take to the wooden field. Friends, family and spectators were out in full force.  Drums and bongos added to the passionate screams and hollering that comprised the soundtrack of the weekend event.

Broken wickets, smashing bats and fast bowlers, were the highlights for more that 70 York University student cricketers from around the world who spent the weekend battling it out for the glorious tournament CUP

Congratulations to the first annual tournament CHAMPIONS: Team Bangladesh  

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Re-written and edited from material provided by 'York is U' Marketing Director Aaron Vidas.

Indoor winter cricket is also played by Ryerson University students, and students of Scarborugh College, University of Toronto. (JH).