10th anniversary matches
Cricket NL celebrated Canada Day, the resumption of cricket, and the 10th anniversary of its founding with two friendly matches. The weather co-operated and two excellent games were played in hot and sunny conditions.
The opening match saw the Terra Novas beat the Shamrocks by 6 wickets in a 15 over/ side match. The Shamrocks made 84, with numerous retirements allowing everyone to bat, and the Terra Novas passed their total in the 14th over, with Aryan Falke top scoring with 21.
The second match also saw a 6 wicket win, this time by the Coach’s XI over the President’s XI. Both coach and president were involved as the President’s XI batted, with Nick Baxter taking two wickets in a hostile opening spell, and Rahul Vashishtha leading a recovery from 15/3 with a well paced 84. He was supported by 37 from Shami Khan as the President’s XI made 186/8.
Ali Raza led the reply with a hard hitting 67 from just 26 balls, and with contributions from Maanik Arora (37) and Nick Baxter (36), the President’s XI won in 16.1 overs. Newcomer Ibnul Inan impressed with 3/15.