New Board elected at Annual General Meeting

Thanks to all who attended the Annual General Meeting of Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador. we are pleased to announce the new board of directors:-
President: Rakesh Negi
Vice-President: Rahul Vashishtha
Past-President: Sentill Selvamani
Secretary: Amit Sundly
Treasurer: Dave Liverman
directors at large: Adeel Ilyaz, Ali Malik, Michael Ollerhead
St. John’s Cricket Club representative: Talha Riaz
Memorial Cricket Club representative: Deep Patel

Faculty of Education match

IFTo end the outdoor season, Cricket NL partnered with MUN Faculty of Education in arranging a Faculty match at RCAF field on Saturday (26 September).
Professors, graduate students and undergraduate students from the Faculty braved cool temperatures to take part in the game- at least the forecasted rain and ice pellets held off until later in the day. After a coaching session led by provincial team members, the players were divided into two teams (the Shamrocks and the Kings) for a 10 over match.
The NL Kings won the toss, decided to bat first and made 85 runs in ten overs. Shamrocks achieved the target in the last over.
Barrie Barrel, Tim, Gabriel Young and Paul Grasby bated well, Jennifer Anderson, Walter Okshevsky, and Allan showed aptitude with the ball.
Barrie was announced man of the match with three wickets and 15 runs. The Dean of the Faculty of Education Kirk Anderson also participated and provided some words of appreciation at the end of the game.

Provincial team places third at Atlantic T20

DSC_8168The provincial team placed third in the Atlantic T20 in Fredericton, NB, coming back well after losing their first two matches. After the first planned day of play was washed out, the revised schedule saw all matches reduced to only 10 overs. Newfoundland and Labrador were asked to bat by Nova Scotia in the first match, and had to battle near unplayable conditions on a rain soaked surface. They lost their first four wickets without scoring a run in the first three overs in conditions that were heavily biased towards the bowlers. Adeel Ilyaz battled hard for his 14, and Abrar Khan contributed 9 but 33/7 was never going to be enough, and Nova Scotia won by 8 wickets with 6 overs to spare.
Conditions improved for the game against Quebec, who made 106. Cricket Nl only lost two wickets in reply but despite a valiant effort by Gurman Khurana and Rahul Vashishta fell 18 runs short.
On Sunday they beat PEI by 68 runs, Rahul Vashishta earning man of the match for a hard hitting 42 combined with three wickets and a catch. Their final match was in effect the bronze medal game against New Brunswick. They made 80 batting first thanks to another good innings from Rahul, and then won by 26 runs, thanks to 4 wickets for 6 runs from Samaa Madhawa, named as man of the match.
Nova Scotia won the tournament, with Quebec placing second.
Rahul Vashishta was named player of the tournament, the first time one of our players has received this honour.

Pictures from Clive Owen of Cricket NB

2015 statistics

Bating and bowling statistics for 2015 outdoor season – we have complete scorecards for all but one match, so if you believe there’s an error in these, please let us know. Congratulations to Rahul Vashishta (top run scorer) and Purvi Kalyan (top wicket taker).
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Practice match

The provincial squad played an exciting match against the B squad on Saturday, winning in a super over after the game was tied. Amit Sundly and Gurman Khurana played for the B squad, and Amit hit a six and and a couple of twos to tie the game, after the B squad needed 11 from the last over.

Provincial Team A 127
Rakesh 59, Rahul 35. The team was cruising for 100/1in 13 overs but then Osama and Rajitha took 5 wickets between them to keep the score to 127.

Provincial Team B 127
Gurman 39, Amit 35.

Avengers, Eagles win cup finals

The Avengers won the Atul Ahuja Cup this Saturday with a 63 run victory over the Tigers. The Cup was presented by former Cricket Canada CEO Atul Ahuja, who donated the artificial pitch used for matches and is contested between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the regular season.

The Avengers batted first and posted a total of 174 runs for the loss of only three wickets. They were led by man of the match Rahul Vashishtha, who hit a century- exactly 100 runs, off only 54 balls, striking ten sixes. He was well supported by Kangai Thillaiyampalam who made 21. Hummam Bin Saif (13 runs) and Ayaz Ghani (13) got the Tigers off to a good start, but both fell to Deep Patel. Abrar Khan and Abdullah Nibir both made 18 runs but the Tigers fell well short, totalling 111. Samaa Madwha took two wickets and also two catches for the Avengers.

The Championship match was followed by a game for the Herringshaw Cup (named after Liam Herringshaw, the driving force behind the founding of the organization five years ago, and played between the 3rd and 4th place finishers in the league). The Eagles (with only one regular season win) upset the Superkings beating them by 33 runs. The Eagles batting first made a modest 112 runs all out, led by 20 from Mohammed Umair. The Superkings looked to be heading for victory, as Rakesh Negi (34) and Gurman Khurana (15) put on 36 for the opening wicket. Once Gurman was caught, wickets tumbled, with Osama Anwer (named man of the match) leading the way with four wickets for just 15 runs.
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Cup final weekend!

The Newfoundland and Labrador cricket summer league concludes this Saturday with two games, to be played at the RCAF Field. The league this season was its strongest since the founding of Cricket NL 5 years ago, with four teams playing each other three times apiece during the regular season. Despite the poor summer, no games have been cancelled for weather.

The Atul Ahuja Cup (presented by former Cricket Canada CEO Atul Ahuja, who donated the artificial pitch used for matches) is contested between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the regular season. The Avengers were regular season champions, losing just once, and will be the favourites to take the trophy. They play the Tigers, who finished with a 5-4 record. The Avengers will be led by captain Rahul Vashishtha who was the league’s top run scorer in the regular season, and also took 10 wickets as a bowler. The Tigers will hope Hummam Bin Saif will continue his good season- he is second in run-scoring, and his spin bowling has taken 11 wickets.

The Championship match will be followed by a game for the Herringshaw Cup (named after Liam Herringshaw, the driving force behind the founding if the organization five years ago). This is played between the 3rd and 4th place finishers in the league. The Superkings finished just behind the Tigers, and will be favoured to beat the Eagles who had just one win in the season. Matches between the two have been close however, and this promises to be a closely fought match.

Play gets under way at 11 am with the Championship match with the Herringshaw Cup to follow at 2:30 pm. Season awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Herringshaw Cup. Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge.

Provincial squad

Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the squad to compete at the Atlantic T20 championships, September 11-13 in Fredricton, New Brunswick. The thirteen players selected are:
Adeel Ilyaz
Abrar Khan
Ali Malik
Amit Sundly
Deep Patel
Gurman Khurana
Hummam Bin Saif
Kaivalya Kulkarni
Kranthi Kumar
Rahul Vashishtha
Rakesh Negi
Samaa Madhawa
Talha Riaz

Reserves: Purvi Kalyan, Osama Anwer

Cricket in Trinity

Last Sunday Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador, in conjunction with Provincial Historic Sites put on a demonstration of cricket as part of the community’s Trinity Days festival.

This is the second year of this partnership; last year two Cricket NL members came up to Port Rexton on Canada Day, and taught local kids about cricket. This year the plan was more ambitious- nine cricketers were on hand to play a demonstration game in the heart of old Trinity. Continue reading Cricket in Trinity

Final weekend of league play

In the final weekend of league play the Tigers earned second place and a spot in the Atuil Ahuja trophy with two wins. On Saturday, they beat the Superkings in a close match, but then lost to the Avengers. They went on to beat the Eagles in Sunday’s final match to shade the Superkings for second place with a 5-4 record.

The Tigers- Superkings match was decided in the last over in. The Tigers won in the last over. The Superkings made 110, thanks mainly to a good innings from Kranthi Kumar. Hummam-bin-Saif made 46 runs for the Tigers but Abrar Khan’s fine innings of 18 runs under pressure, combined with 4 wickets in the Superking’s innings earned him man of the match.
The Tigers made 102 runs in the second match, thanks to 48 runs from Nazrul Shikon. The Avengers, already league champions, made it 8 wins and only one loss as man of the match Fahad Ijaz’s 43 runs took them to a 6 wicket win.
Scorecard (note by mistake Fahad’s and Gihan’s runs are switched

The Tigers needed to beat the Eagles on Sunday to take them to the Atul Ahuja Cup by placing 2nd. The Eagles made 109 runs batting first, thanks to Khurram Shezad with 20 runs, and 18 runs from captain Nadeem Saqlain. The Tiger’s best bowler was Abrar Khan with three wickets. Hummam Bin Saif took the Tigers to victory contributing 41 runs as the Tigers won by four wickets.
Next Saturday first place Avengers play 2nd place Tigers for the Atul Ahuja Trophy (game time 2:30 pm), preceded by the Herringshaw Cup match between 3rd place Superkings and 4th place Eagles (11 am).

Season awards and trophy presentations will follow.