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.

August 8th matches – Avengers clinch title

Saturday’s games saw the Avengers clinch the league title with a game to play, despite their first loss of the season in the opening match of the double header. The Superkings upset the previously unbeaten Avengers by 17 runs. The Avengers seemed well in control of the game after the Superkings slumped to 40/6. Neelav Dhawan (25*) and Dave Liverman (14) put together a partnership of 31, and allowed the Superkings to bat out their overs, but for a sub-par total of only 82. Deep Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 2/10, Samaa Madhawa also taking two wickets and Rahul Vashishtha conceding only 10 runs from his four overs.
Neelav took a wicket in his first over, and then took a brilliant diving catch at point to dismiss the league’s top scorer Rahul Vashishtha – 7/2. Fahad Ijaz (19) and Gihan Abeywickrama (14) batted patiently and seemed to be steering the Avengers to victory as they took the score to 47/2. Purvi Kalyan bowled Gihan and precipitated a collapse, with the last 8 wickets falling for only 18 runs.
Rakesh Negi took 3/7 and also contributed an outstanding run out, and Tahla Riaz and Adil Ilyasi took two wicket apiece.
Neelav Dhawan was named man of the match for his all round performance.
The second match saw the Avengers return to their dominant form, beating the Eagles by 135 runs. The Avengers batted first. After an early wicket Rahul Vashishtha took charge with a rapid 68 in 29 balls- with 60 of his runs coming from sixes! Gihan Abeywickrama (37) provided good support in a 118 run second wicket partnership. The Avengers posted a total of 193/8, Nouman Rashid and Nadeem Saqlain each taking three wickets. In reply, the Eagles were bowled out for 58 in 13.5 overs, Rahul taking 3/13 in a man of the match performance, and Samaa Madhawa taking two wickets. Khurram Shezad top-scored for the Eagles with 14.
The win sees the Avengers clinch first place in the league and a place in the Atul Ajuha Trophy final, with their opponents to be decided in next weekend’s matches.

Nominations for board positions

In preparation for the upcoming annual general meeting, Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking nominations for positions on the board of directors. The following positions are up for election
Two directors at large
Club representative

As per the Constitution the nominating committee will present a full slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors.

Nominations for candidates for any of the above positions should be submitted via e-mail to Sentil (Sentil is stepping down from the board this year and has agreed to handle the nomination process, in coordination with a member to be identified shortly).

Nominations must state the name of the candidate and the position being nominated for. Nominees must indicate acceptance of the nomination by e-mail. Nominations may be made by any member in good standing to the nominating committee at least 3 days before the Annual Meeting. Nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting will not be accepted.

If more than one candidate is nominated for any position, voting on elections shall be by secret ballot and a simple majority shall elect a candidate. Voting on other matters may be by a show of hands.

Cricket on CBC

With the sport flourishing in St. John’s, guest host Adam Walsh speaks with Senthil Selvamani – the president of Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador.

Final Standings

Points table (net run rate to be updated):-

M W L Pts NRR For Against
Avengers 9 8 1 16 2.53 1090 161.1 762 180
Tigers 9 5 4 10 -0.70 650 146.4 729 142.1
Superkings 9 4 5 8 0.24 802 159 826 172
Eagles 9 1 8 2 -2.47 571 158.1 796 130.5

August 2 match

The arrival of August finally brought a day ideal for playing cricket, and the Eagles took full advantage of the good weather in recording their first win of the season. They beat the Superkings by 4 wickets in a match that ended up surprisingly close, after Waqas Ali and Ali Malik’s devastating opening spell reduced the Superkings to 9 for 5 after four overs. Rakesh Negi, helped by Mark Russell (8, including Mark’s first career six, beautifully struck over square leg),and Talha Riaz (25) led a good recovery. Rakesh made 36, and the Superkings were helped by 30 wides as they posted 109. Waqas Ali took 4/18, Ali Malik 3/8, and Khalid Rashid 3/19.
The Eagles made a steady start with Saqib Jalees (13) and Irtiza Dar (16) putting on 38 for the first wicket, and Khurram Shehzad (23) took the score to 71/2. The Superkings, thanks to Purvi Kalyan (3/19) fought back with three quick wickets, but steady batting from Nadeem Saqlain and Waqas Ali took the Eagles to a well deserved win.
Cricket NL thanks the SPCA for their agreement to co-operate on grass cutting and the loan of their mower when required.