January 2008

Wicket Maidens CC -- Posted Thursday, January 31 2008
The Wicket Maidens began as a co-ed cricket team in 2000 after some of the wives and girlfriends of league cricket players decided they would like to play cricket as well as watch it.

Currently the Wicket Maidens play in the Victoria and District Midweek League against the men's teams. There are approximately 30 active members. In the coming season, we hope to attract even more women to one of the leagues fastest growing teams playing in the mid week league.

The Wicket Maidens range in age from early teens to a "certain" age. Our team's philosophy focuses on working together to expand each players skill sets, challenging ourselves and other teams while having a great time learning the sport of cricket. Several member of the Maidens represented Canada in clinching the first-ever ICC Americas Womens Championship after a resounding 5 wickets. Canada beat Bermuda by 5 wickets in an enthralling contest at Maple Leaf CC, and thereby won the first-ever ICC Americas Womens Championship.

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British Columbia cricket news -- Posted Thursday, January 31 2008

Clubs withdrawal letters (THE ACCURATE INFORMATION)

This is the first time we will be referring to Metro Vancouver Cricket League (MVCL) in our website as we always wanted to keep to our own business. But we are forced to put this information in our website as the information that the other league has provided is inaccurate and it is everyone's right to know the information that is 100% GENUINE. We would like to clarify a few things that have been put in the MVCL website headed as "Lower Mainland Cricket Clubs withdrawal letters". They have gone ahead and put in the names of 13 clubs that have apparently withdrawn from BCMCL. Please be informed the information that they have put in under this heading is NOT 100% correct.

We have quite a few new applications to join BCMCL but that does NOT mean that they have withdrawn from MVCL. We will be accurate to let you all know on the basis of last year's structure, there were 26 Clubs and out of those only 9 Clubs have gone to MVCL and 16 clubs are with BCMCL.

We wish to put the development of BCMCL and cricket relating issues on our website and not talk about any other league. We at BCMCL are NOT interested in any other league's business but we wish that whenever any other league puts any information about BCMCL on their website or use the name of BCMCL then the information in that should be accurate. 2008-01-30 Arbutus CC Please click below to go through the email that Mr. John Hooker sent on December 16, 2007 to Mahbubul Islam confirming that he NO longer holds any position in Arbutus CC. He and Mr. Praveen Shrivastava ran for the office during Arbutus's AGM and they both lost elections to the current Excom of Arbutus CC. Due to this Mr. Hooker had NO authority to write a letter of withdrawal.

On January 13, 2008 Mr. Hooker wrote an email to BCMCL for withdrawal of Arbutus CC. His letter has NO bearing and please don't be misinformed regarding Arbutus CC.

Arbutus CC is a member of BCMCL. Please read Mr. Mahbubul Islam (President, Arbutus CC) letter. [Emails] 2008-01-29

Vancouver Juniors:- As we all know that Vancouver Juniors have always been a BCMCL junior team and Mr. Bob Rusbourne was a mere caretaker for Season 2007. He does NOT own the club/team so he carries NO authority to take it to MVCL. It can NOT go to MVCL because of its history with BCMCL and also the name registration belongs to us with NR Number NR9187891. 2008-01-29

Surrey Hawks CC
Again the same situation as BC Juniors, they were NEVER a part of BCMCL so there is NOTHING to withdraw. The gentleman in his supposed letter of withdrawal stated that Burrard CC had a meeting and voted to go to MVCL is false information. This again may be a new club in MVCL which has no relation to BCMCL whatsoever in past or present. [Burrard Email] 2008-01-29 BC Juniors This is quite interesting, as BC Juniors was NEVER registered with BCMCL so they have NOTHING to withdraw from BCMCL. This may be a new club who registered with MVCL. 2008-01-20 20/20 League BCMCL is pleased to announce that we will have new 20/20 league within the format of BCMCL. Each club will be allowed 1 team in 20/20 league. BCMCL secretary will be in touch with each club to update the format and registration details for this 20/20 league.

Information sourced from:- http://www.bcmcl.org/

World Cup 2011 -- Posted Tuesday, January 29 2008

Associates fume at World Cup pruning

The Associates are up in arms over proposals to reduce their number from six to four at the 2011 World Cup.
The move comes as organisers try to make the tournament less prone to early upsets - the early eliminations of India and Pakistan in 2007 were financially crippling - as well as giving the bigger teams more matches in the early stages.

The favoured format for 2011 is in effect a reversion to the one used in South Africa in 2003 where in the first round there were two groups of seven teams, with the top three in each group progressing to the Super Sixes. It was heavily criticised at the time for being too long, but more matches mean more revenue and that is a priority for both the ICC and the tournament organisers.

The main flaw of the 2003 event was that the Super Sixes was rendered almost pointless because of the way points were carried forward from the first round, and it remains to be seen if that will be addressed. The length of the last two World Cups have also been attacked, but it is hard to see with a reversion to the 2003 format how much time can be trimmed from the eight-week event.

The reduction from 16 to 14 teams means the Associates will lose two of their slots as Full Members, including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, are guaranteed participation. The move is believed to have come from India and Pakistan, and with guaranteed support from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, it is likely to happen.

Privately, the ICC is believed to be split. Some senior officials are keen to retain as many Associates as possible to keep the World Cup a global event, but its commercial arm is thought to back a reduction in participants.

Last week eight of the leading Associates wrote to Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, registering their deep concern with the proposals. "We would regard such a step as perverse and unwarranted," the letter said. "It would be wholly contrary to the best interests of cricket and to the spirit of the game and [its] globalisation."

Their argument is a reduction in the number of sides goes against the stated aim of expanding the game into new areas. However, Cricinfo has learnt that some leading Full Members question the value of that policy and would prefer an acceptance that cricket will never really expand outside its traditional homelands.

Those advocating the reduction say the Associates rarely shine at World Cups and that there is no strength in depth. While Ireland qualified for the Super Eights in 2007, the performance of other sides such as Bermuda and Canada was poor. And Kenya's progression to the semi-finals in 2003 was as much due to boycotts and a skewed format than anything else. It would be better, so the argument goes, to have the best four Associates playing six games than six playing three, as was the case in 2007.
The majority of the Associates most likely to be affected are meeting in London this week to discuss how they can tackle the proposals. The reality, however, is that they know only too well that if the major countries want to force the changes, there is little they can do about it.

Article authored by Martin Williamson, who is executive editor of Cricinfo

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Canadian Cricket: "National Championship" -- Posted Tuesday, January 29 2008

Canadian Cricket: "National Championship" Announcement
....... and World Cup Reduction Proposal - 14 teams not 16

At a highly successful Etobicoke District Cricket League presentation evening on Saturday (January 26, 2008), CCA President Mr. Ben Sennik announced a "National Championship" that is apparently to be held on May 17, 18 and 19 - the Victoria Day weekend.

It was mentioned there might be two Ontario sides, so this would be a Provincial Championship, as distinct from the National John Ross Robertson event for which it is a few years since the East and West regional winners last met to decide a National Champion.

No word on a title sponsor for the Provincial Championship was given. There was no supporting media release that I am aware of and there had been no announcement on the CCA website when I checked earlier today (Monday January 28).
At the 2005 CCA AGM a plan was announced to stage a Provincial Championship in 2007. The official event proposal was deferred but the Manitoba Cricket Association showed great initiative and hosted an invitational Inter-Provincial event, won by the British Columbia side (Meraloma played in lieu of a formal provincial BC team). The Western provinces and Quebec all participated.

There has been much talk of the CCA being run on a professional basis. With certain notable exceptions, when will that come to pass?

Cricket World Cup 2011 Proposed Reduction to 14 teams
Interestingly, nothing was said about the proposal to reduce the number of participants in Cricket World Cup 2011 from 16 to 14. Yet Canada was a signatory to a joint letter complaining about the situation. And the news would have almost certainly already broken in Malaysia by Saturday night in north Etobicoke, Canada.

The situation reflects a fear various Canadian players had around the time of CWC2007. Several of them will have heard far more fine words over the years than I have.
But again, this news had yet to break on the CCA website early on Monday morning. Why not?

It seems too much like business as usual, which is just not good enough. Or is it the fault of "Cricket Canada", rather than the "CCA"? Merely dabbling with name changes does not address substantive issues.

The players, officials, administrators, as well as potential players, officials and administrators across this country deserve much better. As do the spectators and potential spectators.

For the game to truly grow, it needs to attract the media. Mainstream, local, ethnic, cricket specialists, etcetera.

Reality Corner

It can sometimes be easier to deal with external party issues (such as ICC issues) than with your own issues (domestic Canadian cricket). But for the most part, if you can't run your own show properly to match the on-field talent and the support of the valiant volunteers who love the game, can you expect to be listened to on the broader stage?

The "South Asian Contribution to Cricket" series of exhibitions in Toronto was a Canadian nominee for this year's ICC Development Awards. Earlier in January, I received a simple inquiry as each nomination is subject to review in the overall processes. 'What was the CCA's contribution to this event?"

Other people had realized it did not seem to be very much. But various current and past players and officials were good enough to support the official launch at a reception. There was not even a welcome letter from the CCA in the official brochure for the event, produced by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.

It was even necessary to find some extra sponsors to support the production of a limited number of brochures for the event. Some brochures have passed beyond Canada's borders to try and promote the image of the game in this country.

Apparently it is not easy to get sponsors and advertisers, according to one writing I recently received. But it seemed dead easy for the same CCA official to stand up and ask, if not demand, three more cricket pitches from the City on the night of the public reception. And who would pay for such development? There was no indication that the CCA would provide any financial support.

Realistically, there is a need for more than three new pitches in Toronto so junior and women's cricket has a better chance of developing. Then someone would have to deal with the issue that many of the potential cricket playing population is poor. So serious financial help, patently needed for some time past, is needed.

But the ability to ignore gifthorses still exists. Which CCA leader was on hand to speak to the a Chairman of a major Canadian fund management company, who also ranks high in a local University, during last summer's Colleges and Universities Tournament?

None. But "we" are keen to promote cricket in our colleges and universities. Or so official CCA statements and speakers proclaim.

Eddie Norfolk

Major batting and bowling feats for Canada -- Posted Monday, January 28 2008

Major batting and bowling feats for Canada


Ray Nascimento 176 runs
Canada versus U.S.A. at Toronto, Canada in 1963

Ken Trestrail 175 runs
Canada versus Combined Services at Chatham, England, 1954

Qaiser Ali 174 runs
Canada versus Holland
at Pretoria, South Africa, 2006

John Davison 165 runs
Canada versus Bermuda
at King City, Ontario, 2006

Paul Prashad 164 runs, not out
Canada versus Papua-New Guinea
I.C.C. Trophy, England, 1986

Jasjet Mangat 164 runs
Americas u-19 versus Windward Islands
Under 19 in Jamaica, 2004


Joel Bradbury 9 wickets for 6
Canada versus U.S.A. at Toronto, Canada 1854

Brian Christen 9 wickets for 38
Canada versus U.S.A. at Toront, Canada 1952

John Davison 9 wickets for 76
Canada versus U.S.A. at Fort Lauderdale, U.S.A. 2004

Edward Ogden 9 wickets for 83
Canada versus M.C.C. at Lord's, England. 1887

Edward Ogden 8 wickets for 27
Canada versus Warwickshire at Birmingham, England. 1887

Information courtesy Kevin Boller.

An amazing and welcome conversion -- Posted Monday, January 28 2008

An amazing and welcome conversion, a sign of progress or what?

At an event on Saturday night, I was stunned when one of the speakers talked about “cricket without boundaries”, which is both the name of a flyer produced by the ICC Development Program and one of the underlying principles for bringing people of all races and nationalities together through cricket.

I most definitely agree with the intentions of the cricket without boundaries program and have supported it over the past couple of years by distributing ICC Development literature at a range of Canadian cricketing events. This started with the public forum ”Cricket: Reality, Respect, Reward” at Toronto's Metro Hall in April 2006.

Was this the same person who went on about being “I am East Indian. You are West Indian.” to Canada's team manager who was about to umpire a match, and a scorer back in August?

A man who seemed ignorant of the migration of people from the Indian sub-continent to the Caribbean that began in the 1800s? Many of those who migrated did not have an easy time, to put it mildly, working in places like the plantations.

And the first South Asian Test Cricketer, K.S. Ranjitsinhji, was not universally welcomed in England, the country for whom he played.

Perhaps the influnce of the speakers' children is starting to take effect. They are clearly more used to a multi-cultural environment, such as exists in Canada and Canadian cricket. Would that there was an even broader mix. The potential of the Chinese market for cricket development has begun to be explored. Indeed, the defining picture in “Cricket without boundaries” is of cricket being played by youngsters with a backdrop of the Great Wall of China.

Education is a key need, not just in Canada and not just in cricket, but as part of life. The theme of the spirit of cricket being an integral part of the spirit of life is explored in many books on the sport and in the film ”Cricket and the Meaning of Life.”

In Canadian cricket there is a need to significantly expand the development program to attract youngsters through camps and walk-up opportunities. The British Columbia Mainland Cricket League has been running camps for many years. The Hamilton and District Cricket League ran a camp last summer, with assistance from the Ontario Cricket Association. Manitoba and Alberta Cricket Associations have developed programs.

All could do with more resources - infrastructure, funding, human resources to coach and run such programs. There has patently been limited direction and drive from the sport's governing body over several years in Canada. Opportunities to properly promote and resouce the game have been lost during events such as the 2001 ICC Trophy.
But mere words do not create proper spirit of the game. It is similar in corporate business where the tone at the top can be critical. “Do as I do (and believe)” rather than “do as I say (and at times clearly do not do or believe). There can be a fine line, at first, between working together with a common purpose and the 'divide and conquer' approach.

There are quite a few disciples of the 'self-praise' and 'self-interest 'societies in Canadian cricket in the Greater Toronto Area. My background and upbringing does not make me a member or a natural follower of those philosophy philosophies.

Cricket has tremendous potential in this country but it is not being properly lead or managed at the top. The overall pyramid of cricket's development is also dependent on proper leadership in the individual leagues and associations.

Cricket in Ontario took one step forward on Saturday night with the news that the Etobicoke District League is to be ratified as a full member of the Ontario Cricket Association. It is a well run league and the program supporting the Annual Awards Ceremony puts some other efforts to recognize Canadian cricketing achievements to shame.

The CCA Bylaws and Guidelines indicate that around 1982 the Etobicoke League had 120 players. It now has 62 clubs, 73 teams and about 1600 players. A major expansion, but one that is currently limited by lack of playing facilities.

The Toronto and District Cricket Association had about 2300 players plus some 170 juniors in 1982 (2500 players overall) and now has about 1500 players plus around 1000 juniors and students ( 2600 players overall). It also has said it is at capacity due to playing facilities.

Hopefully, someone will have proposed changing the election process to having nominations for specific positions and that this will be adopted as the way to progress. There is little point in having people without the necessary skills or interest in a particular area of administration holding responsibility for such an unmatched portfolio.

It has been disclosed during the summer that the T&D, as well as the OCA, has assisted the CCA financially. It will be interesting to see how that aspect plays out at this year's AGM, given the concerns expressed one year ago that resulted in changes in the T&D's Board of Governors.
I cannot attend the start of the T&D AGM. Indeed, I am not sure if after last night I am interested in hearing some of the rhetoric that might be said. I'll see after my morning commitments.

The Canadian game needs genuine people to lead it forward, some requiring a mix of cricket and business skills. There is the restraint of how much time people can spare and some potential candidates may opt out due to some of the politics that detract from the development and growth of the game at various levels in the Canadian cricketing heartland. People who might bring planning and project management skills to the table. A deficiency identified in the Ontario Cricket Association by the Provincial Auditor General, and something clearly lacking in the CCA, based on my experience.

One of the most bizarre comments of the summer came at a forum at the University of Toronto. The 2001 ICC Trophy, hosted by the CCA, had been a success. It might have been logistically and certainly helped push Canada into the first of consecutive Cricket World Cup appearances. But financially the CCA was pushed towards bankruptcy.

Someone needs to do some broader thinking and the controlling body of the sport in this country needs to demonstrate it can control and lead the game. It certainly failed to do that last summer. A few fine words on Saturday night and a prettily written response to some simple questions are far from sufficient.

I hold out a ray of hope for the person who talked about ”I'm East Indian” He admitted what he said in private correspondence. He and several other people who hold or have held office in Canadian cricket, could do with some education on working and living together. But I certainly would not support him for any office in Canadian cricket if I had a vote. And not just because of the one comment.

If anyone is particularly interested, I did raise the issue of the Oak Ridges Moraine legislation in detail with certain key people in Canadian cricket during the course of the summer. This has resulted in the recent announcement that major development at Maple Leaf Cricket Club of the stadium and hotel/convention centre will not go ahead. It is beyond me why this announcement was not made by the appropriate person at the CCA AGM.
But that's the way things are in Canadian cricket at present.

Various things are either done quickly or not at all. And sometimes when things need swift action, nothing is done.
Meanwhile the National Coach, assisted by various senior players, is progressing in developing the GTA talent pool.
In my first conversation with the new CCA CEO he talked about not liking certain aspects of ”creative journalism”.

My friends at ”The Toronto Star” managed at least one creative item during Canada's trip to Africa in October. A scorecard was printed for Namibia A versus Canada. A phantom match, if you believe the schedule provided on the official CCA website.

But various aspects of relations and communications are weak at the CCA level and fail to assist the various provinces and leagues in giving the sport prominence.
I am not certain if I will cross the city to take in whatever part of the T&DCA AGM is going on later today. My hopes and prayers will be for the sensible, pro-cricket people to succeed. The likes of Kam Chari, if he is still willing to help administer the game.

We certainly need more umpires. We need more scorers - ICC Americas helped run a regional course for scorers in Toronto last August, including an extra session for local scorers. And we need more people to report, capture images and publicize the game. Top to bottom.

I had hoped to help get something going on the latter front after the ICC Cup Final at Leicester in May 2007. But what official role do I have in cricket in this country, or indeed any other? None. And who, by a short-term commitment and subsequent personal decision, basically funds my activities in cricket? I do.

And if the sport is to receive better publicity there is a need for domestic matches to begin on time, scoreboards to operate and a range of other improvements to be made.
The key to success in cricket depends on hard work behind the scenes as well as on it. Richie Richardson said that at the April 2006 Forum at Toronto's Metro Hall to a sparse gathering.

What a pity that more the self-praise society were not present that night. But, more important, in many ways, would be to see the Commowealth and Scarborough cricket associations come into the official Ontario fold.
Or even the Markham one. I would have seen some of them last summer, if the ground had not been changed from that shown in a preview report.

Eddie Norfolk

Etobicoke & District Cricket League -- Posted Tuesday, January 22 2008

Etobicoke & District Cricket League

Champions Heartlake CC
Runners-up Calypso CC
Play-off Champions Heartlake CC
Runners-up Elmbank CC

Best batsman Arthur John (Heartlake) - 291 runs @ 97.00avg
Best bowler Mattrasingh Ainsworth (Elmbank) - 21 wkts @ 9.29 avg
Most runs Eddie Williams (Heartlake) - 478 runs @ 53.11avg
Most wickets Vishal Uppal (Calypso) - 37 wkts @ 10.65 avg

Highest individual score
Drawin Christian (Heartlake) - 202*

Drawin Christian (Heartlake) - 202*
Drawin Christian (Heartlake) - 102*
Reyaz Prahalad (BSCC) - 145
Alaska James (Calypso) - 134
Clive Newman (Elmbank) - 109
Bim Budhoo (Calypso) - 100

Most wkts in a game
Vishal Uppal (Calypso) - 7/10
Anthony Charles (York Central) - 7/33
Gilmore Stapleton (Heartlake) - 7/62

(1) Ganesh Badrie (GT Sports) - 328 runs @ 27.33 avg
- 24 wkts @ 17.92 avg

(2) Gilmore Stapleton (Heartlake) - 260 runs @ 28.89 avg
- 23 wkts @ 10.04 avg

Most runs Abdool Samad (Elmbank) - 146 runs @ 146.00 avg
Most wkts Eion Katchay (Heartlake) - 11 wkts @ 11.18 avg
MVP Eion Katchay (Heartlake) - 26 runs @ 13.00 avg
- 11 wkts @ 11.18 avg

AWARDS Division 1
Champions Westies CC
Runners-up Young Titans CC
Play-off Champions Young Titans CC
Runners-up Cosmos CC

Best batsman Iqbal Kassamali (Melbourne) - 389 runs @ 48.63
Best bowler Adnan Nazir (Gujarat) - 16 wkts @ 8.19 avg
Most runs Darshan Buttar (Cosmos) - 443 runs @ 31.64 avg
Most wickets Ritesh Patel (Peel India)- 34 wkts @ 13.47 avg
Highest indiv. score Vivek Patel (Gujarat) - 129*
Centuries Vivek Patel (Gujarat) - 129*
Iqbal Kassamali (Melbourne) - 124
Ijaz Malik (Diamond-A) - 121
Darshan Buttar (Cosmos) - 106*
Manish Patel (Peel India) - 103
Most wkts in a game Jaswinder S. Randhawa (Cosmos) - 7/12
Laval Wilkinson (Westies) - 7/27

(1) Krishnakant Patel (Young Titans) - 247 runs @ 24.70 avg
- 30 wkts @ 8.27 avg
(2) Vimal Parmar (Gujarat) - 277 runs @ 34.62 avg
- 27 wkts @ 11.11 avg

Most runs Anurag Sood (Cosmos) - 88 runs @ 44.00avg
Most wkts
Piyush Mahendru(Young Titans) 5 wkts @ 13.40 avg
Jaswinder S. Randhawa (Cosmos) - 5 wkts @ 14.60 avg

MVP Gaurav Ahluwalia (Cosmos) - 61 runs @ 30.50 avg
- 3 wkts @ 18.67 avg

AWARDS Division 2

Champions Golden Tigers CC
Runners-up India Sports
Play-off Champions Golden Tigers CC
Runners-up ZCC


Best batsman Khushroo Wadia (ZCC) - 366 runs @ 61.00 avg

Best bowler
Nilesh Patel (Hindustan) - 20 wkts @ 9.25 avg
Raman Kumar Sharma (Golden Tigers) - 44 wkts @ 9.27 avg

Most runs
Sherwin Layne (Clarendon) - 540 runs @ 38.57 avg

Most wickets
Raman Kumar Sharma (Golden Tigers) - 44 wkts @ 9.27 avg
Sherwin Layne (Clarendon) - 10 / - / 45 / 4
Kalpesh Amrut Patel (Hindustan) - 8 / 2 / 16 / 7

Highest indiv. score
Khushroo Wadia (ZCC) - 201
Centuries Khushroo Wadia (ZCC) - 201
Ali Shah (ZCC) - 126*
Dipak Amrut Patel (Hari Om) - 121*
Ihtesham Sakinder (Golden Tigers) - 119
Dipak B Patel (India Sports) - 111
Homchand Puran (Tradewinds) - 108*
Homchand Puran (Tradewinds) - 105*
Parminder Bahra (Sher-E-Punjab) - 101*
Viren Patel (Golden Tiger) - 100

Most wkts in a game
Kalpesh Amrut Patel (Hindustan) - 7/16
Amit Patel (Hindustan) - 7/16

Sherwin Layne (Clarendon) - 540 runs @ 38.57 avg
- 32 wkts @ 15.56 avg

Most runs Khushroo Wadia (ZCC) - 164 runs @ 164.00 avg
Most wkts
Raman Kumar Sharma (Golden Tigers) - 5 wkts @ 9.20 avg
Sarosh Patel (ZCC) - 5 wkts @ 19.00 avg

Khushroo Wadia (ZCC) - 164 runs @ 164 avg
- 1 wkt @ 44.00 avg


Champions Malton Sports Club - C
Runners-up Cricket Club @ York University
Play-off Champions CLPSS
Runners-up Malton Sports Club

Best batsman Gokul Kamat (Universal) - 602 runs @ 60.20 avg
Best bowler Zuber Ingar (Malton SC-C) - 23 wkts @ 5.74 avg
Most runs Gokul Kamat (Universal) - 602 runs @ 60.20 avg
Most wickets Edward Rodrigues(Universal)-32 wkts @15.00 avg

Highest indiv. score Damodar Dasrath (Conquerors) - 223*

Damodar Dasrath (Conquerors) - 223*
Ismail Patel (Malton SC-C) - 119
Kuldeep Patel (CLPSS) - 119
Gokul Kamat (Universal) -118*
Chirag Patel (CLPSS) - 113
Chirag Patel (CLPSS) - 109
Afzal Baig (Renegades) - 108
Imran Zaheer (Oakville) - 107
Kalpesh Mistry (Jai Jalaram) - 104
Chetan Chauhan (Aryans) - 103

Most wkts in a game
Zuber Ingar (Malton SC-C) - 8/11
Jignesh Parmar (Rexdale) - 8/13
Ketan Patel (CLPSS) - 8/17

Chirag Patel (CLPSS) - 472 runs @ 36.31 avg
- 17 wkts @ 17.65 avg

Most runs Chirag Patel (CLPSS) - 65 runs @ 65.00 avg
Most wkts Ketan Patel (CLPSS) - 5 wkts @ 8.80 avg

Chirag Patel (CLPSS) - 65 runs @ 65.00 avg - 4 wkts @ 7.25 avg

Champions Asian Boys CC
Runners-up Navsari CC
Play-off Champions Krishna XI
Runners-up BSCC - B

Best batsman Rahim Hamedi (Mississauga Wolves) - 516 runs @ 57.33 avg
Best bowler Dipak Patel (Krishna XI) - 32 wkts @ 7.47 avg
Most runs Shahid Mughal (Asian Boys) - 719 runs @ 47.93 avg

Most wickets
Rahim Hamedi (Mississauga Wolves) - 37 wkts @ 9.57 avg
Rami Reddy Manchala (TCS) - 37 wkts @ 11.11 avg

Hansraj Bhagrati (BSCC-B) - 9.3 / - / 61 / 3
Amandeep Singh (BSCC - B) - 6 / - / 17 / 5

Highest indiv. score
Shahid Mughal (Asian Boys) - 132

Shahid Mughal (Asian Boys) - 132
Umang Patel (Yuva) - 116
Minesh Patel (Krishna XI) - 108*

Most wkts in a game
Ejaz Ahmed (Asian Boys) - 8/36

Shahid Mughal (Asian Boys) - 719 runs @ 47.93 avg
- 28 wkts @ 14.75 avg

Most runs Vimal Patel (Krishna XI) - 78 runs @ 78.00 avg
Most wkts Pramod Patel (Krishna XI) - 8 wkts @ 7.63 avg

MVP James Mohabir (BSCC) -
53 runs @ 26.50 avg
4 wkts @ 21.50 avg

AWARDS Division 5
Champions South Asian CC - B
Runners-up Lankans CC
Play-off Champions Brampton XI
Runners-up Lankans CC

Best batsman Thusitha Sirisena (Lankans) - 465 runs @ 42.27 avg
Best bowler Saman Wickramasingha (Lankans) - 25 wkts @ 9.64 avg
Most runs Balbir Matharu (South Asian-B) - 527 runs @ 40.54 avg
Most wickets Amin Ansari (Chargers) - 31 wkts @ 11.55 avg
Hat-tricks Zohaib Anis (South Asian-B) - 3 / 1 / 6 / 6
Highest indiv. score Thusitha Sirisena (Lankans) - 207*


Thusitha Sirisena (Lankans) - 207*
Tejas Patel (Bramalea-B) - 142*
Balbir Matharu (South Asian-B) - 118
Balbir Matharu (South Asian-B) - 116*
Cecil Parvez (Cosmos-B) - 113*
Ali Asrani (Acers) - 109
Asanka Doratiyawa (Cougars) - 107*
Murtaza Lukmanji (GT Sports-B) - 104

Most wkts in a game

Guru Prashanth Govindaraju (Cougars) - 7/15
Hussain Zaidi (OCA) - 7/34
Jimit Patel (Cougars) - 7/46

1) Thusitha Sirisena (Lankans) - 465 runs @ 42.27 avg
- 24 wkts @ 15.33 avg
2) Asanka Doratiyawa (Cougars) - 411 runs @ 37.36 avg
- 27 wkts @ 12.85 avg

Most runs
Nadeeka Thalpawala (Lankans) - 134 runs @ 67.00 avg
Most wkts Kamal Dhammika (Lankans) - 8 wkts @ 5.88 avg
MVP Nadeeka Thalpawala (Lankans) - 134 runs @ 67.00 avg
- 3 wkts @ 5.33

Information sourced from:- http://www.edcl.net/index.jsp?page_id=2007AWARDS


C.A. Forbes returned figures of 10 wickets for 4 runs while playing for Trinity College against Upper Canada College during the 1940 season.

L.A. 9Bert) Rowe returned figures of 10 wickets for 7 runs while playing for the Waterloo Cricket Club against Galt Cricket Club during the summer of 1959.

E. (Eric) Wilkins returned figures of 10 wickets for 7 runs while playing for the Hamilton Cricket Club against Fairfeld Cricket Club during the 1960 season.

A.S. (Bill) Hendy returned figures of 10 wickets for 12 runs while playing for the Rowing Club C.C. against Vancouver Cricket Club during the summer of 1945.

H.C. (Hussein) Nakhooda returned figures of 10 wickets for 14 runs while playing for the West St. Catharines Cricket Club against the Oakville Cricket Club during the 1960 season.

During a Canadian armed services cricket match between the 9th Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and the Canadian ASC at St. Omer, France in the summer of `1917, J. Leake returned the outstanding bowling analysis of 10 wickets for 0 runs.

The first recorded occasion of a bowler taking all the wickets in an innings in a Canadian cricket match occurred in 1848 when slow under-arm bowler H.J. (Harry) Maddock captured 10 wickets for the Toronto Cricket Club against the Rifle Brigade. Maddock returned figures of 10 for 18 and old reports indicate that all ten batsman were clean bowled.

In the summer of 1905 T.W.Dyson captured 20 wickets for 46 runs for the Mimico Asylum Cricket Club against Gordon Mackay Cricket Club during a 12-a-side match at Toronto. His figures were 9 wickets in the first innings and all 11 wickets in the second innings during which he performed the hat-trick.

During the season of 1894 E. Attwell captured 190 wickets for East Toronto Cricket Club at a cost of 615 runs for an average of 3.39 runs. This is believed to be the highest total of wickets taken during a Canadian season.

The record of most wickets taken with consecutive balls in Canadian cricket appears to be held by F.M. Pellat who bagged six wickets in six deliveries while playing in a match at Trinity College, Port Hope, Ontario during the summer of 1890. Fred Pellatt was the brother of the famous financier Sir Henry M. Pellatt the builder of the Casa Loma in Toronto.

The first recorded hat-trick by a Canadian bowler in international play occurred at Toronto in September 1895 when J.M. (Jack) Laing clean bowled J.W. Sharp, S.Goodman and L.K. Mallinkdrodt of the United States with successive deliveries at the Rosedale Cricket Club.

Article authored by Kevin Boller.

Canada cricket - A brief history ... -- Posted Tuesday, January 15 2008

While there are fleeting references to cricket being played in Canada in the 18th century, it only established a more substantial footing in the 1820s with the founding of the Toronto Cricket Club in 1827 by George Barber, a master at Upper Canada College and newspaper publisher. He instigated local matches and in 1844 Canada met USA in what is widely believed to be the oldest international sporting contest in the world. The game, at the St. George's Club in New York, attracted large crowds and reportedly more than $100,000 in bets changed hands.
George Parr of Notts brought the first touring team to Canada from England in 1859, and although the tourists were far too strong for the locals the visit was a great success, becoming the first cricket tour in history.

During these years of healthy cricket activity in the east, the game was spreading rapidly in the west. In 1864 the North West Cricket Club was formed at Winnipeg and in 1876 the famous Victoria Cricket Club was formed on the west coast. Cricket had already been played in both areas prior to the formation of these two clubs, but the game was now beginning to take hold in the west and as a result the sport was played from coast to coast.

By the 1860s the game was booming and when Canada became a nation in 1867 the prime minister declared cricket to be the national sport. In 1872 a third England side, including WG Grace toured, and the Australians visited for the first time six years later.

A weak Canadian side toured England in 1880, then in 1887 the first major tour was undertaken by an all Canadian-born team. The side toured England under the captaincy of Dr ER Ogden and took on several of the counties on level terms. The team far from disgraced itself, recording wins over Ireland, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Leicester. In 1905 and 1907 MCC teams made brief tours to the USA and Canada.

The USA v Canada series reached its zenith in the 1890s, at which time the USA were strong enough to tour England themselves. But the growth of baseball and World War One saw cricket decline in popularity both sides of the border. The series with the USA ceased in 1912 and Canada did not play any overseas opposition until 1932 when Vic Richardson brought a strong Australian side including Don Bradman - he lived up to his reputation by smashing 260 not out against Western Ontario. Tours took place to and from the country in the 1930s - a public schools representative side was in Canada when war broke out in September 1939.

After the war, touring resumed and a visit from MCC (1951) was followed by Canada touring England in 1954 where they played four first-class matches, including a game against the Pakistanis at Lord's. In 1958 Pakistan played a single match against Canada in Toronto at Varsity Stadium.

In 1963 the series against the USA was resumed at Toronto, while tours continued to arrive and the game was popularised by the increasing numbers of immigrants from the Caribbean and then the subcontinent. In April 1968 the Canadian Cricket Association was incorporated. Australia played four matches in Canada on their way to the first Prudential World Cup in 1975 and an Eastern Canada side beat Australia by five wickets in Toronto.

Canada entered the inaugural ICC Trophy in 1979 and finished as runners-up to Sri Lanka, a result which earned them a place in the World Cup proper which followed but they were easily beaten by Pakistan, Australia, and England. Throughout the next two decades Canada continued to perform admirably, although never recapturing the success of 1979.

The large expat community led to Canada being identified as a potential venue for matches as the game looked to broaden its horizons. In 1989 a game took place between Rest of the World and West Indies which attracted more than 40,000, and in 1996 the Toronto Club hosted a one-day series featuring India and Pakistan, and this continued for four years. Official ODIs resumed in 2006 when Canada played their first games, although they had hosted the 2001 ICC Trophy

While Canada has benefited from the ICC's desire to expand the game, it still faces major logistical problems. The season is short, the facilities are almost all shared with other sports and owned by local authorities, and the government, which used to back the sport, no longer does. Like the USA, the domination by expats, while improving the standard, raises concerns for the future and for the development of home-grown talent.

The John Ross Robertson Trophy is presented to the winner of an annual National club competition. The handsome silver trophy was first presented in 1910, after being donated by John Ross Robertson, owner of the Toronto Evening Telegram. Robertson was a well-known public figure and benefactor, and he is better remembered as the founder of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

Rosedale CC won the first Trophy in 1910, but the dominant club for years was Toronto CC, who won it a record 16 times consecutively between 1932 and 1947. In 1982, the Trophy was re-organized to award a western and eastern Trophy, with a championship game arranged when possible.

Canada v USA
The longest international rivalry in cricket, in fact in any sport is that between Canada and the USA, with the first match (won by Canada) played in 1844. It perhaps reached its high point between 1890 and 1910, when cricket has at the height of its popularity in both countries, and featured such great players as Bart King, undoubtedly the best North American cricketer of all time. The series lapsed somewhat between the wars, but was resurrected as a regular feature in 1963, when the two teams played for the KA Auty trophy for the first time.

PEEL INDIA CRICKET CLUB -- Posted Tuesday, January 15 2008

In 1989 a group of cricketers joined together and registered a new cricket team in Brampton.

Peel India C.C. was the result.

The club joined the Etobicoke & District Cricket League (EDCL) in 1990 and reached into the premier division within 6 years. The EDCL currently has over 43 teams within five different divisions and it is continually growing and has breed some of Canada's top players. With more and more players taking an interest in cricket, several new teams have developed in the Brampton area.

Year Accomplishments

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Corrections to text by JH.

Toronto Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association -- Posted Monday, January 14 2008

The Toronto Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association welcomes all Old and New Umpires for the 2008 season of Cricket Umpiring.

Umpires Motto to be remembered. "When in doubt do not give out"

The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
The role of the Umpires
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
The Toronto Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association welcomes all Old and New Umpires for the 2008 season of Cricket Umpiring.

Umpires Motto to be remembered.
"When in doubt do not give out"
"Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it

The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
The role of the Umpires
The game's traditional values

It is against the Spirit of the Game:
To dispute an Umpire's decision by word, action or gesture
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or Umpire
To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
b) to advance towards an Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play
"Taken from the 2000 Code MCC laws"

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REFLECTIONS UPON A CRICKET GAME -- Posted Sunday, January 13 2008


Decked in white against a blue sky, marking the point of concentration:

The striking of the wood surface by a seamed globe hurled fiercely (or cunningly),

Poised to intercept the sudden flight or streaking blast across the ground,

These gentlemen still race their minds through the golden dreams of perfection --

Splitting the sky with a single majestic stroke that converts that furious concentrated spin

Into an aesthetic repudiation, returning an attacking passion with the triumph of the blow,

The deft parry that swiftly shoots sideways past the startled, helpless watcher in the grass.

The eyes that wait for that moment of grace when fortune tests the agile mastery

Of he who would blot out the attempted comet rise --

The capture of the sphere of fate in a motion of unforgetful rage,

Launching the shouts of those captors fighting for the same quick death.

And the chasing of that eluding ball, there to gather and to wing it near the sacred stick,

Perhaps to surprise and vanquish the emboldened warrior

(Who has just struck more life into his breast with his lathen weapon of joy).

Finally, the executioner, who caressing his object of magic and of death,

Approaches the rhythm of his art, and screams down upon his dauntless foe

In pure and surrendered ecstasy of all his strength and focused dance of desire,

There to let loose the motion of his life

That it may crack against the destiny of his tenacious pitch

This game, cricket, it makes me wonder how such beauty of giving, of yielding, of effortless stroking,

Could not but compell us all to hurl ourselves upon the wonder of our fate,

There to seize the movement of the reception of our fate,

Still passionately clinging to some goal of smashing down the middle stick of ignorance.

Published in The Canadian Cricketer, vol.8 no.2, June 1980 without attribution.

U.S.A. versus CANADA -- Posted Saturday, January 12 2008

The International Series Match, Canada v United States, 48th Match
Played at Griffith Rark, Burbank, California, September 4th, 5th, 1966


It is probably fair to say that the United States did not expect to win this match. This was especially so at the tea interval on the second day when Canada required only 99 runs to win with ten wickets in hand. The fact that Canada required only 99 runs to win with ten wickets in hand. The fact that Canada scored only 40 runs in its second innings and lost the match by 58 runs is now history. The wicket contributed in a great degree to the unusual happenings as the matting was on hardened clay instead of the usual Bermuda grass.

The United States won the toss and proceeded to bat for no less than 4 hous and 31 minutes for 136 runs. At the end of the first day Canada had replied with 70 for 3. Canada attacked quickly on the second day in the hope of forcing a decision but lost the remainder of the wickets in one hour to close the innings for 109. The United States were quickly in trouble and they lost 5 wickets for 19 then went on to 31 for 7. At this point Bains and Hodgson batted for 62 minutes in adding 29 runs. The United States innings closes at 71 leaving Canada two hours and 13 minutes to make 99 runs. At this point O.Lorrier of the Empire Club of New York took command of the game. At 14 for 2 he did the hat-trick, bowling Hackett, Taylor and Campbell. The innings was soon over in an hour and a half for only 40 runs, leaving the U.S.A. as victor by 58 runs.

Report transcribed from the Canadian Cricket Association annual of 1967

Meraloma Cricket Club -- Posted Friday, January 11 2008

The Meraloma Cricket Club was formed in 1989 when former Vancouver Rowing Club members sought to join the Meraloma Club. Located at Connaught Park (West 10th Ave and Larch) in the beachside district of Kitsilano, Vancouver, the club has 4 teams in the BC Mainland Cricket League, with teams represented in the Premier, 1st, 3rd and 5th Divisions.

The club has seen much success, with over 15 local, provincial and national titles in its 17 year history. The last 3 years in particular have seen the First team win 2 premier divisional titles, 2 overall league champion titles, 2 Tomlin cups (BC Champions) and 1 western provincial title, while the Second team has won the shield trophy the last 3 years playing in Division 1.

Most recently, the club has also boasted several players who have represented Canada, including Club Captain Steve Welsh, Iain Dixon, Kevin Sandher and Geoff Barnett, the latter 2 representing Canada at the 2007 World Cup.

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King City cricket grounds -- Posted Thursday, January 10 2008

Please be advised that MLCC will start bookings for cricket ground rentals from all Non-CCA and Non-TDCA users for the year 2008 season starting 16th January 2008.

The bookings are on first come first serve basis after 16th
January 2008. From organisations/individuals that are booking on or after 1st February 2008, an inconvenience fee may be charged on behalf of T&DCA.

All weekend bookings after 1st February 2008 will require T&DCA agreement in writing.

Week Day and Weekend morning bookings (9.00 AM to 12.00 noon) are easily available and highly encouraged. These time slots are available to all users regardless of the of their affiliation status to TDCA.

Due to high demand, the weekends other than mornings are generally not available to parties other than CCA, OCA, ICC, and TDCA.

All bookings require a written contract and a
non-refundable deposit.

Those who are interested, please contact President Ranjit Saini at president@mapleleafcricketclub.ca

NOTABLE FEATS IN CANADIAN CRICKET -- Posted Thursday, January 10 2008

Most Centuries in a Canadian Season

15 by Don Bradman (later Sir Donald) during the Australia tour of Canada in 1932

Most Double Centuries in A Canadian Season

2 Donald Bradman for the Australian team touring Canada and the United States in 1932. Bradman scored 260 against the Western Ontario XI at Guelph

2 Don Maxwell for York University Cricket Club (Toronto) during 1990 against the Commonwealth Cricket Club in the 3rd division of the Toronto & District Cricket Association, 3rd Division

2 Garvin Budhoo for Lions Cricket Club (Winnipeg) during 1991

A Century and All Ten Wickets in a Match

Bill Hendy scored 125 not out and then captured 10 for 12 while playing for the Rowing Club C.C. against the Vancouver Cricket club in 1945

Most Runs in A Canadian Cricket Match

1,142 M.C.C. (Marylebone Cricket Club) 2/336 and 3/330 versus Canada 6/337 & 4/169 at Toronto 1985

Longest Throw in Canadian Cricket

Ross McKenzie of Toronto hurled a cricket ball for a distance of 140 tards 9 inches during the 1872 season

Highest Team Innings Total in Canadian Cricket

The Australian XI scored 633 runs for the loss of 8 wickets agaist a Vancouver XV in 1913

Century in Each Innings of a Canadian Cricket Match

Dr. Bruce Lang scored 111 and 107 for the Ottawa Valley Cricket Club against Niagara Peninsula Cricket Club
against the Niagara Peninsula X! during the 1953 season. Dr. Lang repeated the feat during the summer of 1955 when he scored 109 and 119 for the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council against the Hamilton & District Cricket League.

First Century Recorded in CanadIan Cricket

M.B. Daly scored 106 at Halifax, Nova Scotia during the 1858 season. He later became Lt. Govenor of Nova Scotia.

First Double Century Recorded in Canadian Cricket

R.K. Leisk scored 202 for the Hamilton Cricket Club against the Montreal Cricket Association at Hamilton
during the 1877 season.

Lowest Innings Total in Canadian Cricket

The Winnipeg Cricket Association XI was dismissed for a total of 6 runs against the touring Australian XI in 1913

Most Sixes Hit During An Innings in Canadian Cricket

Don Maxwell hit 34 sixes during his record breaking innings of 280 not out for the York University Cricket Club against the Commonwealth Cricket Club during the 1990 Toronto season.

Three Brothers Playing for Canada

Lloyd abd Gordon Percivil toures England with the 1936 Canadian XI and in 1954 a third brother, Alan, also toured England with the Canadian national team.

Most Wickets Taken in a Canadian Season

E. Attewell captured 190 wickets for East Toronto Cricket Club at a cost of 615 runs for an average of 3.39 runs during the summer of 1894.

Most Wickets Taken With Consecutive Balls in Canadian Cricket

F.M. Pellatt captured six wickets with six consecutive deliveries while playing in a match at Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario during the summer of 1890.

Best Bowling Analysis Recorded in Canadian in Cricket

C.A. Forbes returned figures of 10 wickets for 4 runs while while playing for Trinity College against Upper
Canada College during the 1940 season.

Best All-Round Performance Recorded During a Canadian Season

H.B.O. (Basil) Robinson scored 1,533 runs and captured 182 wickets for the Vancouver Junior Cricket Club during the 1936 season.

Most Runs Scored During a Canadian Season

Arthur Salt scored 2,004 runs for the Brockton Point Cricket Club and Spencer's Cricket Club at an average of 52.73 durning the 1936 Vancouver season. Mr. Salt lost his life while serving with the R.C.A.F. during operations Libya in 1942.

Most Centuries Scored by a batsman in Canadian Cricket

W.R.G. (Reg) Wenman a hard hitting right-handed batsman with the University School Incogs Cricket Club of
British Columbia scored a total of 37 centuries on the west coast of Canada

The Only Occasion When Four Brothers Have Appeared in an International Cricket Match

In the international fixture between Canada and the United States of America, played at Nicetown, Philadelphia September 13/14, 1880 - four brothers appeared for the United States:
George M. Newhall, Daniel S. Newhall, RobertS.Newhall Charles A. Newhall

The Occasion of A Tie Match in Canada (4 Completed Innings)

Saskatchewan 84 & 95 played a tie with Manitoba 41 & 138 at Kinsmen Park, Saskatoon during the summer of 1968

Fastest Century Scored in Canadian Cricket

Gordon Percival scored a century in 42 minutes while playing for the Yorkshire Cricket Club against the Rosedale
Cricket Club in Toronto during the summer of 1931.

His first 50 runs came in 17 minutes and his total score was 177 runs in 80 minutes

Most Runs Scored off one over in Canadian Cricket

Bharath (Barry) Ganasa scored 6 sixes in one over for the Overseas Cricket Club versus the Powergen Cricket Club
of Trinidad & Tobago at Toronto July 10, 2007 (friendly)

Karandeep Singh scored 6 sixes in one over for the Defence Cricket Club versus New Edinburgh Cricket Club at Ottawa October 10, 2007, in a Twenty/20 match. In 12 balls he scored 10x6, 1x4, 1x1 - 65 runs.

Carried Bat through innings

Left-hand opening batsman Ishwar Maraj carried his bat for 53 for Canada against South Africa at East London, South Africa during the World Cup 2003

Most fours hit during an innings in Canadian cricket

Ifran Rabbani hit 48 fours during his record breaking innings of 304 for the Apollo Cricket Club against the United Cricket Club at Toronto in 2007. (Canadian Commonwealth Cricket Association, 1st Division).

Information sourced by Kevin Boller

Cricket Club at York University -- Posted Wednesday, January 9 2008

Happy New Year! hope everyone had a nice break between semester.

Our cricket session resumes from this Thursday onwards around 8.30 PM at the upper gym.

Reminder, please carry $5.00 of membership when you come this Thursday. It's a one time fee for the year and it contributes towards various admin fees and supplies for the club.

647 299 7424 (after 8.00 pm)

P.S. please pass the word around to all your friends.

Ottawa Valley Cricket Council -- Posted Tuesday, January 8 2008

The Ottawa Valley Cricket Council (a.k.a. OVCC) is the national-capital's regional cricket body and represents over 350 players in eight local sides plus Kingston, Ontario. The league consists of players from all continents including local born Canadians through to players from Australia, England, South Africa, the Caribbean, India and Pakistan to name just a few. OVCC was established in 1923 subsequent to the formation of a fourth cricket team playing at Rideau Hall in Vanier, Ontario. Since then, the league has expanded to include clubs playing at locations in South Ottawa (Lynda Lane), Barrhaven and Kingston. (hyperlink the locations to the relevant ground pages). The OVCC charter to is to foster the growth and development of Cricket in Eastern Ontario, including the development of Juniors Cricket in and around the national capital. OVCC regulates the league and enforces playing guidelines, bylaws and disciplinary action via a Constitution (hyperlink).

The OVCC is a member of the Ontario Cricket Association (OCA hyperlink) which in turn is a member of the Canadian Cricket Association (hyperlink). OVCC players are eligible for selection consideration to represent OVCC, OCA and CCA teams. OVCC also encourages the development of young (under-19) cricketers by submitting the names of promising local athletes to the OCA for participation in tryouts and practice camps held in Toronto, Ontario.

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Toronto and District Cricket Association -- Posted Tuesday, January 8 2008

Constitution, By-Law and Match Play Rules Amendments

The 2007 T&DCA Cricket Season on the field has come to an end. It is now time to reflect how we, as an organization, could contribute towards improving our Constitution, By-laws, which was last updated in 1991, and improve upon our match play rules.

During the season, there have been many views on what needs to be done to change what is outdated in our Constitution and By-laws, modify existing rules, so that we can have a level playing field for all Clubs.

The Board of Governors are soliciting your input, in writing, regarding the above. Your views will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the documents for 2008. All changes should be sent in writing to the Correspondence Secretary of the T&DCA by October 09
Please use the above Subject name in your response, and refer to the article #, or section you are proposing to change. Final changes will be presented to the member Clubs for approval at the AGM

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Toronto cricket fields in city parks -- Posted Tuesday, January 8 2008

"We need to focus on building the soccer fields and cricket pitches for burgeoning new communities. Cricket is a fast growing sport in Toronto, soccer is the most popular sport in the world, but yopu wouldn't know that from counting our soccer fields and cricket pitches.

...... By 2030 there will be 500,000 more citizens clamoring for services and we have to get ready.".

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Moraine below King City cricket grounds -- Posted Sunday, January 6 2008

The folly of considering the construction of a stadium at the King City cricket grounds is clearly defined in the following. (Jon Harris).

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in southern Ontario. The moraine gets its name from its rolling hills and river valleys extending 160 kms from the Niagara Escarpment to Rice Lake and was formed 12,000 years ago by advancing and retreating glaciers.

The moraine contains the headwaters of 65 river systems (35 in the GTA alone) and has a wide diversity of streams, woodlands, wetlands, kettle lakes, kettle bogs and significant flora and fauna. It is one of the last remaining continuous green corridors in southern Ontario: it is still 30 per cent forested and is one of the last refuges for forest birds in all of southern Ontario.

The moraine's sands and gravel deposits act like a giant sponge absorbing rain and snow melt. This underground water is then stored through layers of sand and gravel (aquifers), filtered and slowly released as cool fresh water to the 65 rivers and streams flowing north into Lakes Simcoe and Scugog and south into Lake Ontario. The greatest threat to the function of the moraine is inappropriate land uses on and below the surface of the moraine, particularly in headwater areas.

Toronto City Council has recognized the importance of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage. The moraine crosses many regions and local governments must take the total impact of any proposed development into consideration. The province has also recognized the importance of the moraine and needs to take more responsibility in protecting this critically important eco-region.

The moraine's treasures of native plants, birds and animals depend on us to save their natural habitats.
The moraine is one of the last remaining continuous green corridors in southern Ontario. It is still 30 per cent forested. Its 130 wetlands, unique kettle lakes and century old wood lots are home to more than 900 species of plants; it is also one of the last refuges for birds and animals in southern Ontario.

Toronto City Council recognises the importance of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage. The moraine's native plants, birds and animals depend on us to save their natural habitats from development.

City Council formed the Oak Ridges Steering Committee to protect the moraine from development. Toronto residents can get involved by calling their councillors, MPP's and MP's to ask for their help in protecting the moraine. Residents can also find out more background on the moraine by visiting such web sites as www.stormcoalition.org and www.ontarionature.org

Moraine significance extends beyond its boundaries
The City believes the province needs to create new policy, act, or regulation to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine which is one of the most significant landforms in Ontario.
The moraine is a regionally significant natural feature that forms the northern boundary of the Toronto bioregion. The headwaters of all of the watersheds in Toronto originate in the moraine.

Development on the moraine will have significant effects on areas beyond its boundaries including: the overall health and quality of life in the region; ecological and biological diversity; groundwater, water quality and quantity within the watersheds of the region; definition of development areas in the Greater Toronto Area.

The red trillium enjoys the cool, forest floors of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

There is an overwhelming need for a comprehensive approach to preserve and protect the moraine. Following an expression of provincial interest in the moraine in 1990, Implementation Guidelines were released in 1991. However, a 1994 report The Oak Ridges Moraine Area Strategy for the Greater Toronto Area was never implemented.

Preserving the Oak Ridges Moraine for future generations
Toronto City Council is working with a number of conservation organisations, local residents and other municipalities to support protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine, one of the most unique landforms in southern Ontario. The city also asks our provincial and federal governments to join in efforts to preserve this fragile ecosystem for future generations The moraine is one of the last remaining continuous green corridors in southern Ontario. It is still 30 per cent forested. Its 130 wetlands, unique kettle lakes and century old wood lots are home to more than 900 species of plants; it is also one of the last refuges for birds and animals in southern Ontario.

Toronto City Council recognises the importance of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage. The moraine's native plants, birds and animals depend on us to save their natural habitats from development.

City Council formed the Oak Ridges Steering Committee to protect the moraine from development. Toronto residents can get involved by calling their councillors, MPP's and MP's to ask for their help in protecting the moraine. Residents can also find out more background on the moraine by visiting such web sites as www.stormcoalition.org and www.ontarionature.org

The above sourced from http://www.toronto.ca/moraine/index.htm

Vradenburg school hosted cricket festival -- Posted Sunday, January 6 2008

Cricket fun and festivities in Scarborough, Ontario

A cricket league in Scarborough would be a hit for a Scarborough physical education teacher.

If Tim Stone had his way there would be cricket at every school in Scarborough and even across the GTA.

Stone helped organize the Vradenburg Cricket Festival that was held at Vradenburg Junior Public School at Warden and Finch avenues on Wednesday. Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from Cornell Public School at Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue and North York's Grenoble Public School at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue were invited to compete.

"There were cricket information displays and the school soccer field was transformed into a full-fledged cricket stadium with a boundary that goes all the way around," he said. "There were also some tents to make a pavilion area."

Stone said he fell in love with the sport when he was studying for his teaching degree in Australia where the sport is popular.

"When I saw it being played in Australia I thought it was great," he said. "It's a great game. It's a hand-eye co-ordination sport like baseball, but a lot more strategy."
So, along with a baseball team practice, the school held regular cricket practices.

"It provided an opportunity for more of the school to get involved," he said. "Being a Toronto school there's no question that cricket is a sport for a lot of the students that is in their background. Maybe their parents played it."

England is the birthplace of cricket, he said, and the sport spread through South Asia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, including Jamaica and Barbados, and Australia.

Stone said he started working on the school's cricket festival back in March.

Through a partnership with the two other schools and help from Melvin John, president of M D Community Corp., who brought in and paid for cricket coaches as well as supplying equipment.

John said he got involved in the cricket festival to promote the sport.

"I played cricket since I was a child and I like being able to bring cricket into the schools," he said. "I went to the schools and offered my help in any way I could to promote cricket. They didn't have a coach so I found one that could go in and work with the kids."

John, who is an Anglo-Indian from Pakistan, has been in Canada for 20 years and lives in Scarborough. "A lot of kids have never played," he said. "They're very hyped about it."

He would like to see the sport played competitively at a junior level.

"If we had started this in the 1970s we would have had a great team in the World Cup," he said. "We need to groom our kids much earlier. It's not just a game for South Asians, English or Australians. It's a game for everybody."

Stone said he's all for pushing grass roots cricket in the schools.

"One day our national team will be made up of players who learned cricket in Canada," he said.

Stone said part of the problem with promoting the sport is most people are frightened of it. "It seems so strange and different," he said. "There's a lot of strategy, but the kids are attracted to that. The kids like that they have to do some thinking. It's perceived to be a complicated sport but it's not as much as people think."

It involves the skill of overhand bowling.
"You have to throw with a straight arm overhand bowl," he said. "It doesn't compare to any other sport. It's a very unique action."

That's where the coach has been essential to teach them how to do the overhand bowling properly.

"The students have made great progress not only in their skill but also in understanding the spirit of the game," he said. "All sports have sportsmanship but cricket puts a heavy emphasis on the spirit of the game. It's a gentleman's sport and the tradition of the game is very important."

Cricket will probably never become a major sport like baseball or hockey, John said.

"Cricket will find it's own place," John said. "There should be a variety of sports for everybody and cricket is now a part of that variety."

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CCA booklet 1960 -- Posted Sunday, January 6 2008

This booklet represents the second successive attempt to record the statistics for a full season of Canadain cricket. It is a pleasure to report that we have been able to extend our coverage due to the excellent cooperation of league and club statiscticians. In this annual are included the records of 124 clubs participating in league cricket and 5 clubs without league affiliation. Only one league and eight independent clubs to report their seasons fixtures. We have good reason reason to hope that the 1961 Annual will include all league and clubs for the first time, and so enable us to present a complete summary of a season of Canadain Cricket.

Donald King - Secretary
K.R. Bullock - Statistician


L.G.H. GUNN, Chairman, Toronto

British Columbia, W.G. Scott
Alberta, K.J.I. Fraser
Sanskatchewan, M. Lightowler
Manitoba, W. Weighton
Ontario. J.W. Chappell
Quebec, G. Carter


Played 23 Won 19 Drawn 4 Lost 0

A belated report -- Posted Sunday, January 6 2008

ICC Americas Women's Tournament
Canada win first Americas women's tournament
Martin Vieira in Toronto
August 23, 2007

Canada beat Bermuda by five wickets in an enthralling contest to win the first ICC Americas Women's Championship. Bermuda chose to bat and made 169 for 7 in their 40 overs. Canada then marched to an emphatic victory, and the Americas crown, reaching their target with five overs to spare.

Bermuda's only really meaningful contribution came from allrounder Terry-Lynn Paynter, with an outstanding innings of 58 from 61 balls. For Canada, Helene Gaffney produced a great late bowling spell, to end with figures of 3 for 31 in 5 overs.

Canada got off to a nervous start in reply but a 123-run third-wicket partnership between Kim Coulter (37) and Joanna White, who made a brilliant undefeated 50, signed and sealed the outcome.

Although Bermuda did snatch two late wickets, it was too little too late. Paynter was again the pick for Bermuda, with 1 for 17 off 8 overs.

"It was truly a great team effort, and a fantastic achievement to win the game and the Americas Championship," said Ave Mogan, Canada's captain. "The partnership between Kim and Joanna was really important to get us into a winning position, after our bowlers had done an excellent job in restricting them to 169. Everyone is very happy with this victory."

Bermuda have the consolation of the World Cup qualifier in Pakistan later in the year, and will undoubtedly apply all lessons learnt during this competition in order to be at their best at the qualifier.

"We batted well, especially Terry, to give ourselves a chance, but unfortunately our bowling was less effective," said their vice-captain Linda Mienzer. "We waited too late to apply more pressure, but I think we showed a lot of character throughout the game. Congratulations to Canada, and we will return home and continue to work hard towards the tournament in Pakistan."

In the other game, the Trinidad & Tobago U17 team recorded a massive 241-run victory over a gutsy Argentina side. Star of the show, and player of the match, was young Amanda Samaroo, who struck a superb unbeaten 128, off only 125 balls with 14 fours. Although she did offer a couple of chances, her innings was filled with superlative strokeplay and masterful placing and control - truly a name to look out for in the future.

Support came in the form of Whitney Cudjoe, who made a fine 55, off 91 balls with 7 fours. Cudjoe and Samaroo shared in an entertaining second wicket partnership of 122 runs. After the dismissal of Cudjoe, Samaroo teamed up with Melissa Sandy to add another 121 for the third wicket. Sandy made 29 in 64 balls with 2 fours.

The U17s finished on a mammoth 333 for 3, always beyond the reach of Argentina, who settled for trying to see out their 40 overs, which they did. Catalina Greloni made an unbeaten 20 and Marcela Rojas contributed 17 as they crawled to 92 for 4.

Argentina team manager Moira Culley said: "The girls are very happy with what they achieved today, and in the last days, and I'm sure they are going to improve in the future as they play more matches."

Trinidad & Tobago U17 team manager, Brenda Solozano, was also happy with the past three days of competition. "We have aimed to maintain a high level of cricket here, and I think we have done that. All the players in our squad were able to play in the games, thus allowing me to look at them for further development. It was also very pleasing today to see Amanda Samaroo achieve her personal best score."

After a rest day, Friday will be the final day of the event with a match between the Trinidad & Tobago U17 team and an ICC Americas XI, after which an awards ceremony for the week will take place.

ICC Americas XI, from Ave Mogan (capt), Joanna White, Kim Coulter and Maree Wilson, Chevonne Furbert (v-capt), Reuna Richardson, Terry-Lynn Paynter and Wendy Woodley, Veronica Vasquez and Cecilia Birnie, Mawhish Khan and Santhiya Rajaram.
Coach: Ann Browne-John

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Stadium proposal at King City cricket ground -- Posted Tuesday, January 1 2008

Very recently there has been a rise in the discussion and articles on the stadium proposal in Maple Leaf Cricket Club (MLCC), King City.

While the discussion about the need for a stadium needs to be appreciated, the continuous bashing of CCA for proposing a stadium in MLCC isn’t positive.

The current MLCC board has made enquiries and spoken with authorities regarding this matter and have come to a conclusion that development of such a magnitude will not be approved by the authorities. In all projects of this size and magnitude such suggestions are made about possible sites and then at some point a decision is made about the most appropriate location.

The need for a cricket stadium is both real and necessary to help the development process of the game in Canada. The efforts from CCA are genuinely guided by the interest of the game and I am confident that in the near future an appropriate size facility will be developed to meet our needs. The cricket community needs to participate positively in the support of this effort. The international teams from the test status countries are likely going to draw large crowds of cricket enthusiast’s.

A credible facility to host 2012 U-19 World Cup will also be required. It is high time that the cricket supporters participate actively in suggesting solutions to the lingering developmental problems of the game in Canada.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and also want to thank all those who came to the Maple Leaf Cricket Club and supported our facility and the game of cricket.

Ranjit Saini
President, MLCC
December 31, 2007

Greetings for the New Year -- Posted Tuesday, January 1 2008

Having taken a break for the last few days, it is appropriate to wish readers and all Canadian cricketers the best of good cricket.

It is also appropriate that I should advise readers that there have been more than one million visits to Canada Cricket Online during the 2007 year.

Keep playing with a straight bat.

Jon Harris.