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John Davison to be inducted into Toronto Cricket Club Hall of Fame

May 7, 2013

Chances are that even the most hardcore International cricket fan would only be able to name a handful of Canadian cricketers.  Most likely, John Davison would be the first name that would come to mind.

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John Davison

John Davison

JD put himself and Canadian Cricket on the map with this fantastic knock against the West Indies in the 2003 World Cup hosted in South Africa.

John Davison vs West Indies 2003 World Cup (South Africa)

He made 111 from 76 balls (Canada only scored 202 and were bowled out in 44 overs).  [Scorecard]  A fantastic personal achievement but also a great inspiration for his team mates and the next generation of Canadian Cricketers.

JD grew up playing Cricket in Australia but playing for Canada allowed him ‘opportunities that he wouldn’t be able to achieve in Australia, like opening the batting (in a WC match).’  He was one of the first professional cricketers to play for Canada and quickly let his team mates know that being happy being ‘part-time cricketers’ wasn’t good enough if they wanted to compete on the big stage.

This Friday night, May 10th 2013, the Toronto Cricket Club will be inducting him into their Wall of Fame.  JD spent a few years at TCSCC later in his career as the club coach/playing professional.  John Davison will be honoured as well as long-time TCSCC member Chris Chappel and former member Les Pereira.

There are still a few spots remaining but you’ll have to act fast to get a ticket to what should be a great event and a great opportunity to celebrate the career of Canada’s first cricket star.  There will be plenty of Canadian Cricketers, including many that were inspired by Davison, or played with him over the the years.  Please see the attached invitation and contact Sandy Becher of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club if you would like to register for this event.

Cricket Activity Wall Of Fame Dinner flyer

Cricket Canada Summer Festival Announced

September 3, 2010

Cricket Canada has partnered with the West Indies Cricket Board and Cricket Bermuda to bring the Cricket Canada Summer Festival to Mississauga, Ontario this month.

The Festival runs from Wednesday September 8, 2010 to Friday September 17, 2010 at Malton Cricket Club. Canada, West Indies High Performance Centre Squad, and Bermuda will clash in T20 and 50 over cricket action.

These will be Canada’s last home matches of the season prior to participating in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in South Asia in February 2011.

This tournament highlights the special relationship between Canada, Bermuda and the West Indies Cricket Board. The team from the West Indies features several players with first class and international experience led by Kieran Powell who played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, Devon Smith, and Brandon Bess who has featured in the recent test series against South Africa.

“We are delighted to be part of the tournament in Canada and I’m sure all the players are eagerly looking forward to performing against the opposition. The team has been together for three months and they have worked very hard on improving the skill levels. This trip to Canada is a fantastic opportunity for the players to demonstrate what they have learned. They will also be keen to show that they are moving forward in the overall development of their game.”  said Toby Radford, the Head coach of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre

The matches will be a stern test for the Canadian team playing high quality matches ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup early next year. Ravin Moorthy, Cricket Canada’s high performance manager was pleased to see the West Indies HPC team coming to Canada.

“We are grateful of the hard work of our board as well as the West Indies Cricket Board and Bermuda Cricket Board to put together a world class event for our players…this is also a tremendous chance for fans to see some high quality cricket and some of the future cricket stars of the West Indies.”

Reg Pearman, President of the Bermuda Cricket Board was equally pleased

“I am pleased to confirm that we continue to provide our senior players with high quality international cricket. This is crucial to both developing their skills to reach this level and also serving as a building block towards the CWC qualifiers in 2013. The BCB has enjoyed a strong relationship with Cricket Canada and the WICB for a very long time and this tri-series is further evidence of this bond. I look forward to a competitive series of matches played in the spirit of the game”

Cricket Canada’s President Ranjit Saini, who put this event together, was eagerly awaiting its start.

“We are very excited to provide fans within the cities of Toronto and Mississauga a chance to see top quality cricket. It will be an exciting September with one of the top associate nations (Ireland) playing at Toronto Cricket Club (August 31 – September 7) and then West Indies HPC team and Bermuda visiting us the following week. This is an amazing opportunity for us to engage our fans in a way we never have before. It will be a month of fun, food, music and spectacular cricket for supporters of all teams and all ages.”

via Cricket Canada

Bagai Nominated for Top Award

August 18, 2010

Canada’s captain, Ashish Bagai has been nominated for the ICC Affiliate/Associate Player of the year award.

Despite being hobbled by a knee injury for much of the year, Bagai has been stellar for Canada in T20 and ODI cricket scoring a healthy 576 runs in 13 innings at a healthy 52.36, which is well above his career averages.

Also nominated in the category are Richie Berrington, Muddassar Bukhari, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Trent Johnston, Kevin O’Brien, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Paul Stirling

via Cricket Canada.

Ontario, Alberta winners on opening day

July 26, 2010

Alberta and Ontario were opening day winners at the 2010 Cricket Canada National Championships on Monday.

Alberta succesfully chased 92 runs set by the Eastern team while Ontario defended 171 that they set batting first against Manitoba.

The Ontario vs. Prairies match had to be moved to Inverhaugh late last night as the Malton ground outfield was wet and no guarantee could be made that it would be playable in the morning.

via Cricket Canada.

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Ontario win a thriller, defeat Georgia by 1 wicket

July 20, 2010

Facing very humid conditions and after travelling all night, team Ontario overcame a middle order collapse to defeat the Georgia Supreme Cricket League by 1 wicket in Atlanta.

GSCL won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a steady start.  Led by former West Indian wicketkeeper Junior Murray, GSCL was 109 for 2 after 27 overs.  Murray top scored with a fluent 57.  Ontario fought back hard and managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals and limited GSCL to 198 all out in 47.1 overs.

In reply, Ontario got off to a flying start led by Tauseef Shahid and one down batsman Samad Sheikh.  Tauseef made 38 (4 fours, 2 sixes) and Samad supported him with a steady 37 (4 fours, 1 six).  Ontario was nicely poised at 93 for 1 after 10 overs and it seemed reaching 199 would be a breeze, until the spinners came on and changed the innings.

Ontario slumped to 104 for 5 after 16 overs and the game had turned.  With 2 new batsman at the crease, GSCL turned on the pressure, but Ottawa Valley all rounder Nabiullah Nawabi and Hamilton District Cricket League all rounder Khizar Hamid consolidated with a crucial 55 run partnership to get the team back on track.  Nawabi made 29 (2 fours, 2 sixes) and Hamid made 24 (1 four, 1 six).

Once Nawabi fell LBW and Hamid was run out by partner Umer Arshad the pressure was back on Ontario.

Haider Naveed and Arshad batted wonderfully and shared a 26 run 10th wicket partnership to lead Ontario to victory.  GSCL legspinner L. Laggan was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 10-1-43-5.

You can download the full scorecard here.

From left to right:  (Back Row) Shawn Manhas, Haider Naveed, Samad Sheikh, Karun Jethi, Tauseef Shahid, Waleed Imtiaz, Khizar Hamid, Umer Arshad, Murtaza Malik

(front row) Nabiullah Nawabi, T. Azhad Amidon, Kuldeep Dhaliwal, Majed Khan, Zaeem Ghazanfar

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Ontario announces squad for tour to Atlanta

July 16, 2010

The Ontario Cricket Association has announced their team for the tour to Atlanta:

Karun Jethi – Captain

Samad Sheikh – Vice Captain

Tuon Amidon
Umer Arshad
Kuldeep Dhaliwal
Zaeem Ghazanfar
Naveed Haider
Khizar Hamid
Waleed Imtiaz
Majed Khan
Nabiullah Nawabi
Tauseef Shahid

Manager:  Murtaza Malik

OCA Senior Co-Ordinator:  Shawn Manhas

Ontario will play one 50 over match on Saturday July 17th and one T20 match on Sunday July 18th against Georgia on this short trip.  I will be posting scores, pictures and videos during the trip here and on twitter (depending on internet access).  I’ll have a full recap of the tour posted early next week.

Also, take a look at the newly updated OCA website.  It’s still a work in progress, so feel free to leave your feedback.

Battle for the Playoffs Starting to Heat Up in Calgary

July 14, 2010

The Calgary District Cricket League (CDCL) has hit the half way point of the season and the race for the playoffs is heating up.

50 Over Standings

T20 Standings

Standings accurate as of July 12th 2010.

The CDCL is one of the oldest Cricket leagues in Canada and celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2008.  The Calgary Stallions Captain, Hamza Tariq, was recently named to the Canadian squad that will be participating in the West Indies Domestic T20 competition.

I’m looking forward to watching the boys from Alberta and British Columbia at the National Championships that will be held in Toronto at the end of the month.  We’ll have analysis and pictures from all the action and make sure to keep checking the Cricket Canada website for all the latest.

Who are the players that we should be watching out for?  Any favourites that should be playing for Canada?

Let us know in the comments below, on twitter or by email.

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