Global T20 Cricket League starts July 25th

Global T20 Canada returns for second season and promises an enhanced experience for fans and stakeholders

Season two of the GT20 to be played between July 25 to August 11, 2019.  

Toronto, Canada: The Global T20 Cricket League, Canada, in association with Cricket Canada announced the tournament dates of this year’s GT20 Canada Championship on Tuesday.

The second season of the GT20 will start on Thursday, July 25, with defending champions Vancouver Knights taking on the home team, Toronto Nationals, in what promises to be a thrilling battle.

President of Cricket Canada, Mr. Ranjit Saini, said, “Canada cannot wait for the action to begin. We at Cricket Canada are committed to providing much-needed opportunity and exposure to our Canadian players. We will work alongside the GT20 team to make the 2019 edition even more memorable for the players and fans. On behalf of Cricket Canada, I invite the cricket world to Canada.”

The tournament will comprise a total of 22 matches including the three playoffs games and the finals to be played on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Promoter and owner of the GT20 Canada, Mr. Gurmeet Singh was upbeat about what one could expect from the tournament. “After a roaring success of season one, where we reached more than 50 million cricket fans across the world, I am looking forward to the second edition of the GT20. We promise to deliver a bigger, better and stronger cricketing spectacle this season. I am thankful to Cricket Canada for entrusting us with this responsibility. We have a very robust system in place to produce another world-class cricketing event that reflects the best of Canada.”

In the coming days, GT20 will announce the player registration process along with details of marquee players and the teams’ draft roster.

Brian Lara, the West Indian legend and the brand ambassador of the league, said, “I was there to see the first edition of the league and was enormously impressed with the overall quality of cricket. Despite a few hiccups, Cricket Canada and GT20 team delivered an outstanding event. The hallmark of the event was a local boy Saad Bin Zafar winning the Man of the Match in the all-important finals in the presence of stars like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. It proves that cricketers from these countries need these kinds of endeavors to prove their talent. I hope GT20 season two will take cricket to greater heights in the North America region.”


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A Blockbuster Opening

Few expected GT20 to take off last year. Fewer still would have predicted the success of the tournament, given the hurdles the organizers had to overcome.

Sports tournaments with global ambitions take years to get off the ground. For GT20, along with Cricket Canada, to put together a competition of this scale in barely four months was little short of a minor miracle. The hectic preparations would culminate in an unforgettable two weeks in June and July, when the action-packed six-team T20 tournament surpassed all expectations.

For the first time in the history of cricket in the region (and it is a storied history no doubt) some of the biggest names in cricket – including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Steve Smith, David Warner, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo – took the field along with those from Canada and other Associate Nations. This terrific mix of global stars and emerging players turned out to be a heady concoction for all concerned. It provided budding cricketers a grand stage to showcase their skills, and gain valuable lessons from the best in the game. It also turned into a treat for local fans, who got a rare chance to watch the greats from close range.

One of the highlights of the inaugural GT20 was the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner, the two great Australian batsmen who were serving a one-year ban away from the international game. Smith returned to professional cricket with a crackling 61 off 41 balls and spoke highly of the tournament’s potential.

Both Smith and Warner were overshadowed by West Indies’ Lendl Simmons, who ended the tournament as the highest scorer and finished with the most sixes.

Chris Gayle had a quiet tournament by his standards – 144 runs in eight matches – but he lit up the final with a mind-blowing catch in the slips. He let out a full-length dive to his left, lunged for the ball, parried it… but somehow managed to grab it with his right hand when he was falling to the ground. His team-mates were dumbfounded. The commentator on air, Dean Jones, was gobsmacked. The video went viral online, joining the vast folklore surrounding the ‘Universe Boss’.

Despite the presence of the international stars it was an unheralded Canadian allrounder who sparkled in the final. Saad bin Zafar smashed a 48-ball 79 and guided the Vancouver Knights in a tricky chase against West Indies B. Zafar had played only two first-class matches up till then, and hadn’t passed 36 in either of those. He was deservedly chaired by his team-mates for his finest performance.

The popularity of the tournament was underlined by the 35.45 million global television viewers and 19.51 million viewers across multiple digital platforms. There was a buzz on social media throughout the duration of the tournament – as underscored by the 325,000 likes on Facebook, 16.5 followers on Twitter and a further 34,800 followers on Instagram.

“In the end everyone was a winner here,” Brian Lara, the West Indies legend, said. “Canadian Cricket got immediate recognition, cricket was top class, young boys got to play alongside the greats and fans had a great time. Cricket in North America needed something like this and got it in the form of GT20.” 

Vancouver Knights Saad Bin Zafar gets called up to join the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

Canadian National Player and man of the match in the finals of Global T20 League, Vancouver Knights Saad Bin Zafar gets called up to join the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots as they head into the all important playoffs stage of this years Hero CPL 2018 edition

Canadian Saad Bin Zafar Powers Vancouver Knights to Inaugural Global T20 Canada Championship

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Final: Cricket West Indies B vs. Vancouver Knights, 3:00 p.m. North America Eastern Standard Time


Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 148/3 in 17.3 overs (Saad Bin Zafar 79, Rassie van der Dussen 44; Derval Green 2-30) defeated Cricket West Indies B 145 all out in 17.4 overs (Fabian Allen 41; Sheldon Cottrell 4-29, Fawad Ahmed 3-24, Bin Zafar 2-26) by seven wickets

By Colin Benjamin

KING CITY, Ont. – It wasn’t Chris Gayle. It wasn’t Andre Russell. It was Canadian Saad Bin Zafar who produced the performance of his pro cricket career to lead Vancouver Knights to the inaugural Global T20 Canada championship.

The 31-year-old Bin Zafar, who was born in Gujrunwala, Pakistan, first played his part with the ball claiming two key wickets, in a spell of 4-1-26-2 to help bowl Cricket West Indies B Team out for 145 runs. Then his crucial match-winning innings of 79 (48 balls, 8×4, 6×3) guided the Chris Gayle-captained side to victory and the champions prize of C$500,000.

Proceedings on the day began in front of a sellout crowd, with Vancouver winning the ptoss and asking Windies B to take first strike.  Immediately, the Caribbean side, comprised mostly of youth players, found themselves in trouble, slipping to 51/4 in the sixth over.

First, Sharma Springer (10) was dismissed, comprehensively bowled by left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell.  Then Justin Greaves guided an attempted cut shot to New Zealander Tim Southee at short third man.

Next to go was Brandon King (3) bowled by Bin Zafar as Windies B slipped to 30/3 in the fifth over. Guyanese batsman Sherfane Rutherford (14), the hero of the previous meeting between the two teams after recording the tournament’s only century (134 not out), was out caught by Australian Ben Dunk at long off,

Rutherford had hit two sixes in Steven Jacobs’ opening over and his dismissal prompted wild celebrations from Jacobs.

The score was 53/5, when Nicholas Pooran (8) was out first ball bowled by Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed missing an attempted pull shot.

Fabian Allen in partnership with Windies B captain Anthony Bramble (16) and Kavem Hodge (14) attempted a minor comeback, but it was not enough as Windies B were bowled out for 145 runs with 16 balls still to be bowled in the innings.

Cottrell’s four wickets made him the tournament leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets, at an average of 16.25.

Chasing what seemed to be an easy target, Vancouver found them themselves in immediate trouble slipping to 22/3 in the third over.

It was 12/1 after the first over as Walton (4), who got off the mark with a boundary, hit a catch to the cover fielder.
 
Gayle (2) was then brilliantly caught by Greaves at mid-on via medium pacer Derval Green. Then Dunk (11) became Green’s second victim caught by Khary Pierre.

Vancouver then made a brave tactical decision to promote Bin Zafar to the number five batting position instead of Andre Russell and Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat.  

This decision proved critical.

In partnership with South African Rassie van der Dussen, the second-leading run scorer of the competition (255 runs, average 51), they compiled an unbeaten 126-run third wicket alliance that gave the Windies B bowlers no hope and gave Bin Zafar his moment in the headline news as a Canadian cricketer.

 

 

Experience and Youth to Collide as Vancouver Advances to Face Cricket West Indies B Team in Inaugural Championship

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Playoff 3: Vancouver Knights vs. Winnipeg Hawks, 3:00 p.m. North America Eastern Standard Time

Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 152/5 in 13 overs (Chadwick Walton 45, Andre Russell 36, Ben Dunk 29; Ali Khan 2-47) defeated Winnipeg Hawks (84/5 in 8.3 overs (Lendl Simmons 35; Fawad Ahmed 2-22) by 13 runs in the Duckworth/Lewis method.


By Colin Benjamin

KING CITY, Ont. – The final of the inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada is set.

Vancouver Knights advanced to face Cricket West Indies B Team for the championship on Sunday, after they defeated Winnipeg Hawks by 13 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method, in the rain-affected playoff three encounter.

The Duckworth-Lewis method is a mathematical formulation used to decide the winner of matches impacted by rain.  Umpires declared Vancouver the winner as Winnipeg fell below the Duckworth/Lewis par score at the time of97 runs at the end of 8.3 overs.

It will be the third meeting between the teams in the span of a week.  Vancouver won convincingly over the youthful Caribbeans on July 8 in round 1 round-robin play and four days later Windies B exacted revenge taking the playoff one match to earn an automatic berth in the final.

“Obviously, it’s well documented that they’re a very very very dangerous and talented bunch of young lads, but again we’ll plan accordingly and hopefully if we execute our skills then I can think we can beat anybody so were not too worried about them,” said Knights coach Donovan Miller. “We’re just going to concentrate on us and hopefully tomorrow if the weather stays away we can be victorious again.”

With light rain and threatening skies, the match was reduced to 13 overs a side and started at 5:15 p.m.local time, two-and-a-quarter hours later than the scheduled 3:00 pm. start.  

After being put to bat by Winnipeg, Vancouver got out to a flying start out of the blocks with Chadwick Walton and Captain Chris Gayle, racing to 31/0 in just two overs.

However, Gayle (8) would be dismissed soon after this electric start leg-before wicket to Rayad Emrit, via an excellent yorker delivery.


Australian Ben Dunk joined Walton at the wicket. When he was (21) and the team score was 58/1, he was dropped by South African David Miller at long-off, from Lendl Simmons’ bowling.

Winnipeg’s bowler would stage a mini fight, clinching three wickets as Vancouver slipped 80/1 in the seventh over to 102/4 in over number nine.

The wickets to fall during this period was Dunk (29), caught by wicket-keeper Ben McDermott, to American fast-bowler Ali Khan. Second to go, was Walton (45) also caught behind by McDermott with the score on 99.

Finally, Vancouver’s leading run scorer, South African Rassie van der Dussen (211 runs, average 42.2) perished for a paltry two runs.

However, Vancouver’s trio of late-order batters – West Indies star Andre Russell, Hong Kong Captain Babar Hayat and New Zealand’s Tim Southee – would ensure the Knights finished the innings with a flourish scoring 52 runs in the final three overs, including six mammoth sixes.

Winnipeg’s reply started in great anti-climactic fashion as Australian David Warner was out first ball, adding to a difficult tournament in which he recorded single-digit run totals in six of eight matches. He hit a catch to van der Dussen, the deep backward square leg boundary fielder, off Southee’s bowling.

Then, in the second over Trinidad and Tobago batsman Mark Deyal (6) also hit a lofted catch to Steven Jacobs at short mid-wicket, off left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell, leaving Winnipeg precariously placed on 9/2 in two overs.

Simmons, the tournament-leading run scorer (321 runs, average 40.1), threatened to take the game to Vancouver, hitting three sixes and three boundaries in a 20-ball cameo for 35 runs.

During his knock, when he was on 34, Hayat dropped him on the mid-wicket fence from the bowling of Guyana off-spin bowler Steven Jacobs.

This dropped chance would not cost Vancouver, as Simmons would only add one more run, before he was stumped by Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

Ahmed would also get his countryman McDermott (9) out, caught by Russell on mid-wicket fence, leaving Winnipeg in a shaky position in 63/4 in the seventh over.

The left-handed pair of South African David Miller and West Indian Darren Bravo gave Vancouver a minor scare hitting four sixes in the space of two overs.

Miller (17) would soon be out caught by Gayle at deep cover off Russell, before the umpires took the teams off for bad light and called an end to the game for the Duckworth/Lewis scenario.

“My challenge to the guys today was to continue playing the good cricket we have been playing,” said Miller. “We have been far the better team in this tournament and we deserve to be in tomorrow’s final.”

Sherfane Rutherford’s Century Powers West Indies B Team to Final, Warner and McDermott’s Half Centuries Help Winnipeg Oust Edmonton

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Playoff 1: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team, 11:00 a.m.North America Eastern Standard Time

Playoff 2: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Edmonton Royals, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time

Summary Result: CricketWest Indies B 221/4 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 134 not out, Nicholas Pooran; Tim Southee 2-39 defeats Vancouver Knights 215/6 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 54, Chris Gayle 50; Jeremiah Louis 2-39, Rutherford 2-25) by six wickets.

Summary Result: Winnipeg Hawks 185/3 in 19.5 overs (Ben McDermott 65, David Warner 55, Lendl Simmons 33) defeats Edmonton Royals 183/9 in 20 overs (Agha Salman 44, Andre Fletcher 41; Rayad Emrit 4-28) by seven wickets

Playoff 1: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team

By Colin Benjamin

KING CITY, Ont. – A stunning century from all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford powered Cricket West Indies B Team past a shellshocked Vancouver Knights and into Sunday’s Global T20 Canada Final.

The result means Vancouver and Winnipeg Hawks will contest Saturday’s third playoff match to determine who will be the opponents for Windies B.


Windies B, who had won their opening four matches, had lost their previous two games against Montreal Tigers and Vancouver by six-wickets and 35 runs, respectively.

When they won the toss and put Vancouver into bat, the young Windies side looked set to record their third loss as the Chris Gayle-led Vancouver side posted an imposing total of 215 runs.

Gayle, for once, played second fiddle in partnership with his fellow Jamaican opening partner Chadwick Walton, who got Vancouver off to a flying start bringing the team’s 50 total up in the first five overs.

Walton’s innings were his second half century of the tournament, following his 54 not out that helped eliminate Toronto Nationals on July 10.

Windies B attempted their fight back when they got the wickets of Walton and Australian Ben Dunk (2) in the space of two overs, reducing the Knights to 78/2 in the seventh over.

Walton was caught by wicket-keeper and Windies B captain Anthony Bramble attempting a pull shot off the bowling of left-arm paceman Obed McCoy, Windies B’s leading wicket-taker of tournament with 11 scalps.


Dunk, was bowled out by medium pacer Rutherford chopping on his cut shot, onto his stumps.

Gayle was joined at the wicket by Vancouver’s top scorer for the competition, South African Rassie van der Dussen (23), and the pair consolidated the innings during a 50-run stand taking the score to 128/2 in the 12thover.

During this partnership, Gayle also registered his second half century of Global T20 Canada, following his 63 against the same opponent in game 14.

Aggressive quick-fire cameo innings from Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat (25) and Andre Russell (29) maintained the momentum that Gayle, Walton and van der Dussen set to help Vancouver set their competitive total.

In the field, Vancouver’s new ball pair of New Zealand’s Tim Southee and West Indies Sheldon Cottrell immediately ran through the Windies B top order.

Sharma Springer was the first to depart, in the opening over, brilliantly caught by Steven Jacobs at cover point off Southee’s bowling.

Next to go was the key wicket of all-rounder Justin Greaves (1) caught on fine-leg boundary, also by an excellent catch by Australian Fawad Ahmed.

Finally, Brandon King (6) became Southee’s second wicket when he hit a catch to Dunk at mid-on, as Windies B collapsed11/3in the second over.

The 19-year-old Rutherford who hails from Guyana, previous tournament scores were; 22, 11, 5, 37, 5, 2. All were done as an opening batsman and in a few of those innings he had showed signs of his hitting power.

Nicholas Pooran (44) joined Rutherford and the left-handed duo counter-attacked magnificently during a whirlwind 130-run fourth wicket partnership. They hit towering sixes to all parts of the small Maple Leaf Cricket Clib venue, which left Chris Gayle and the experienced Vancouver bowling attack not knowing how to get them out.

When all-rounder Russell got Pooran out caught on the mid-wicket boundary, CWI needed 66 from 30 deliveries to win.

Rutherford, however, continued his batting assault as he brought up a memorable and career defining century off 50 deliveries by hitting Cottrell over the long-off boundary in the 16th over.

“It’s a very great feeling, I started the tournament very slow, I wasn’t getting that start,”said Rutherford. “I was telling myself that before the tournament I have to at least get a big score and help my team and today was a perfect day and it paid off.”

Heading into the final over Windies B needed 13 to win and Rutherford was at the non-strikers end as Captain Anthony Bramble faced Canadian left-arm spinner Saad Bin Zafaar. Bramble would end up facing all the balls in that over and ended the game in style, hitting the final ball for six.

Playoff 2: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Edmonton Royals

Composed half centuries from Australians David Warner and Ben McDermott alongside a four-wicket haul bowling spell from West Indian Rayad Emrit, were the cornerstones behind Winnipeg Hawks ending Edmonton Royals stay in the competition.

Winnipeg won the toss and asked Edmonton to bat first in this knockout tie and they got a perfect start from New Zealander Luke Ronchi (25) and West Indian Andre Fletcher, as they raced to fifty in just five overs.

Even when Ronchi was dismissed caught by wicket-keeper McDermott, Pakistan’s Agha Salman joined Fletcher and they continued to lay a solid platform for Edmonton’s taking the score to 113/1 at the 10thover halfway stage.

However, Winnipeg would begin their fight back when Fletcher was run by a throw from Tion Webster from the mid-wicket boundary.
Then Emit would lead Winnipeg’s bowling effort, as Edmonton’s middle-order international players including Pakistani Shahid Afridi (4), South African Farhaan Behardien (18), Shaiman Anwar (16) from United Arab Emirates and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien (2) all failed to register major scores.

Edmonton would only score another 65 runs in the final ten overs, while losing eight wickets.

When it was Winnipeg’s turn to bat Warner and the tournament-leading run scorer Lendl Simmons quickly went on the attack against Edmonton’s left-arm pace trio of Pakistani’s Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan and South African Wayne Parnell, as they raced to 76/0 in seventh over.

The most uncomfortable moment for Winnipeg in their run chase, was when Mark Deyal got hit in the pace by a rising delivery from Irfan and he fell down and required treatment.

In between this drama, Warner’s classy innings was ended when hit by a long-hop delivery from Salman to be out caught on the mid-wicket boundary.

McDermott, whose innings was his second fifty of the competition would guide Winnipeg home without further loss.

 

 

Australian David Warner Rebounds to Lead Winnipeg Past Edmonton and Set Up Repeat Showdown in Playoffs

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 18: Edmonton Royals vs. Winnipeg Hawks, 11:00 a.m.North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Summary Result: Winnipeg Hawks 142/2 in 16.4 overs (David Warner 42, Lendl Simmons 38 retired hurt, Mark Deyal 37) defeats Edmonton Royals 141 all out in 19.5 overs (Agha Salman 43, Abraash Khan 30; Fidel Edwards 4-19, Simmons 2-18, Hiral Patel 2-32) by eight wickets

 

By Colin Benjamin

KING CITY, Ont. – A commanding all-round team batting and bowling performance, aided by a revitalized David Warner, led Winnipeg Hawks to an eight-wicket victory over Edmonton Royals, setting up a repeat showdown between the two teams in the Global T20 Canada playoffs.

 

Warner, whose previous run totals were 1, 4, 1, 6 and 0, finally got a notable score with 42 runs, in an innings that included a towering six over the mid-wicket boundary off a leg-spin delivery from Pakistani star Shahid Afridi.

“He’s a class act, that’s why we always want to stick by him,” said Winnipeg coach and Pakistani icon Waqar Younis. “He’s a special talent and yes it was a bit worrying for us and I’m glad that he’s got a few runs, it will make him feel much better going further into this tournament. He looked not Warner yet, but I’m glad he’s getting there.”

The victory for Winnipeg (3-3) resulted in them finishing third in the standings with six points, while Edmonton (2-3) and a no result, finished the second roundin fourth place. Both teams will meet in the second of two playoff matches Thursday, following a top-of-the-table clash between Vancouver Knights and Cricket West Indies B Team, which finishedfirst and second, respectively.

 

The winner of the Knights-Windies B match advances straight to the championshipfinal on Sunday, while the loser will face the winner of the Royals-Hawks contest on Saturday for a spot in the final.

Winnipeg won the toss and followed the general competition trend of making the opposition the bat first.

 

The game got off to an entertaining start with New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi (15) hitting American fast bowler Ali Khan for two boundaries in the first over, before he perished in the second over, hitting a top edged catch to wicket-keeper Ben McDermott off the bowling of medium pacer Fidel Edwards.

 

Canadian Abraash Khan of Mississauga, Ont., playing in his first match of the competition joined Pakistan’s Agha Salman and the pair settled proceedings for Edmonton during a stylish 77-run second wicket partnership.

 

However when both Khan (28) and Salman (43) were dismissed in the space of two overs via the bowling of medium pacer Rayad Emrit and Canadian left-arm spinner Hiral Patel, Edmonton slipped from 77/1 in the ninth over to 97/4 in the 13th over.

 

At this stage Edmonton’s innings never recovered, losing their final six wickets for a meagre 44 runs with eventual man of the match Fidel Edwards being the chief wicket-taker.

 

Winnipeg got the perfect start with Warner and Lendl Simmons racing the 50-run opening stand in the first five overs.

 

Simmons, had to leave the field injured after he was hit on the fingers via a nasty rising delivery from Pakistani left-arm quick Mohammad Irfan.

 

Before retiring hurt, Simmons eclipsed Australian Moises Henriques as the tournament-leading run scorer. His tally currently sits at 253 runs.

 

After Warner and fellow Australian McDermott (18) were dismissed by bowlers Irfan and Salman with the scores on 90 and 124, respectively, young Trinidad and Tobago left-handed batsman Mark Deyal finished the chase off expertly in a 19-ball cameo in which 28 off his 37 runs were scored in boundaries.

“It’s not easy out there, it’s a difficult pitch to play and as the tournament is getting deep it is becoming harder because the pitches are getting a little tired,” said Younis. “It is going to be a hard job from here on, but we have to fight it out and keep going and keep pushing.”

Vancouver Knights Oust Toronto Nationals from Tournament, Capture First Place Heading Into Playoffs

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 16: Cricket West Indies B Team vs. Montreal Tigers, 11:00 a.m. North America Eastern Standard Time
Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time
 
Summary Result: Montreal Tigers 165/4 in 17.3 overs (Sunil Narine 61, Moises Henriques 32, Sikander Raza 32, Najibullah Zardan 29; Khary Pierre 2-25) defeats Cricket West Indies B Team 162/7 in 20 overs (Sharma Springer 62, Nicholas Pooran 25; Sandeep Lamichanne 3-31, Cecil Pervez 2-36) by six wickets
Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 104/2 in 12.3 overs (Chadwick Walton 54) defeated Toronto Nationals 103 all out in 16.5 overs (Steve Smith 35; Andre Russell 3-17, Fawad Ahmed 3-22) by eight wickets
 
Match 16: Cricket West Indies B Team vs. Montreal Tigers
  
By Colin Benjamin
KING CITY, Ont. – West Indian stars Sunil Narine and Andre Russell produced stellar individual performances with the ball guiding Montreal Tigers and Vancouver Knights to round two victories over Cricket West Indies B Team and Toronto Nationals, respectively, in day 11 action of Global T20 Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

The defeat for Toronto (2-4) ended its stint in the tournament, while Montreal (2-4) sits precariously placed in sixth place hoping Edmonton can beat Winnipeg by a commanding margin to make the playoffs  

Vancouver (4-1) and Windies B (4-2) clinched the first and second positions.

Montreal won the toss and put Windies B to bat for the first time in the competition. Three Canadians started for Montreal in the fixture – recalled all-rounder Dilon Heyliger and debuts for opener Nicholas Kirton and medium pacer Cecil Pervez.

Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga struck a decisive early blow, bowling opener Sherfane Rutherford (2) with a vintage yorker delivery that has made him a cricket legend in this format of cricket.

Stylish Jamaican right-hander Brandon King joined Sharma Springer at the crease and King (23) was particularly aggressive hitting five boundaries in his knock before he was bowled by Nepalese Sandeep Lamichhane, leaving Windies B on 32/2 in the third over.

Windies B began to take the attack to Vancouver’s bowling during a 72-run third-wicket partnership between Springer and Nicholas Pooran.

Springer, who was part of the victorious 2016 West Indies Under-19 World Cup team, brought up his first half century of the tournament during this alliance, while Pooran was threatening to score his second fifty of league play hitting two towering sixes off Lamichhane and Narine.

Montreal would strike back, dismissing both batsmen and Captain Anthony Bramble (4) in the space of three overs as Windies B slipped from 104/2 to 121/5 in the 15th over.

Chasing an eventual target of 163, Narine who has had a quiet tournament with the bat immediately made the score look inadequate as he launched a stunning assault on young Caribbean bowlers.

Narine hit 61 out of Montreal’s first 81 runs in the first seven overs that included nine massive sixes, displaying the kind of opening batting performance he regularly shows in the Indian Premier League for Kolkatta Knight Riders and around the worldwide T20 cricket circuit.

This electric innings from Narine was the perfect platform, enabling Montreal’s middle order batsmen – Australian Moises Henriques (32), Zimbabwe’s Sikander Raza (32) and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zardan (29), to play their cameo innings without any pressure and secure the victory with 15 balls to spare. 

 

Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals 

Clinical spells of fast bowling and leg-spin from Andre Russell and Fawad Ahmed were the foundation behind Vancouver routing Toronto for the lowest team total of the tournament and a commanding victory.
 
Toronto’s innings never got going as the Nationals plummeted to 58/6 in the eight over. Vancouver’s veteran new-ball bowler, New Zealand’s Tim Southee, dismissed Johnson Charles without scoring a run, fourth ball of the innings, to. start the slide
Other than Steve Smith (35) and Captain Daren Sammy (29), Toronto’s much-vaunted batting that included Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal (19), New Zealand’s Anton Devcich (1), Canada’s Nitish Kumar (Toronto) and Kieron Pollard (8) all perished for low scores, as they produced the lowest total of the tournament, collapsing to 103 all out.
 
Vancouver Captain Chris Gayle decided not to come out to bat, promoting his teammate wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton. Walton rewarded Gayle’s confidence with his unbeaten inning, including his first fifty of the competition, that led Vancouver to the win and a top-of-the-table position.
 
Round two action concludes Wednesday with third-place Edmonton Royals facing fourth-place Winnipeg Hawks.
 

SCENARIO FOR MONTREAL TIGERS TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS

Winnipeg Hawks Net Run Rate = 0.444
Montreal Tigers Net Run Rate = -0.331

Assume,

Winnipeg Hawks bat first and make,

130 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 130 down in 10.5 overs so that Montreal can qualify)
150 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 150 down in 11 overs)
170 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 170 down in 11.2 overs)
190 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 190 down in 11.4 overs)
210 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 210 down in 11.5 overs)

130 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 44 runs
150 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 65 runs
170 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 86 runs
190 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 106 runs
210 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 127 runs

Toronto beats Montreal in Last-Ball Thriller, Cricket West Indies B Team Suffers First Loss to Close Round 1

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 14: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team, 11:00 a.m. North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Match 15: Toronto Nationals vs. Montreal Tigers, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 175/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 63, Andre Russell 32, Rassie van der Dussen; Derval Green 3-33) defeats Cricket West Indies B Team 140 all out in 19.3 overs (Kavem Hodge 43, Fabien Allen 29; Sheldon Cottrell 4-19, Andre Russell 2-20) by 35 runs

 

Summary Result: Toronto Nationals 179/9 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 46, Anton Devcich 43 , Kieron Pollard 37; Lasith Malinga 3-11, Peter Siddle 3-45, Sandeep Lamichanne 2-34) defeats Montreal Tigers 176/4 in 20 overs (George Worker 62, Moises Henriques 50; Mohammad Sami 3-34) by one wicket

 

 

Match 13: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team

By Colin Benjamin 

KING CITY, Ont. – A complete team performance from Vancouver Knights and a nerve-wracking last-ball victory by Toronto Nationals, guided them to round one-ending wins over Cricket West Indies B Team and Montreal Tigers, respectively, in day 10 action of Global T20 Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

 

The four matches concluded round one action, in which CWI B Team finished top of the table (4-1) on eight points, followed by Vancouver Knights (3-1) at seven points, Toronto Nationals (2-3), Montreal Tigers (1-4).

 

Vancouver had a clear early plan to respect the Windies young bowlers and not lose early wickets. They started slowly reaching 18/0 in three overs, with both Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis hitting left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge for sixes in that over.

 

The innings continued the progress nicely for the Knights and ominously for the young West Indians as the dangerous opening pair brought up their 50 partnership in the fifth over.

 

However, showing the typical resilience that has seen them register a quartet of wins, Windies B clinched a key double strike in the the sixth over, leaving Vancouver on 55/2.

 

Firstly Lewis (22) was caught on mid-wicket boundary attempting his second six hit for the day, then Chadwick Walton was caught by wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble without scoring.

 

South African Rassie van der Dussen, Vancouver’s leading run scorer for tournament, joined captain Gayle at the wicket and the duo steadied proceeding during a 71-run second wicket stand, before van der Dussen (30) perished to a brilliant diving catch by Nicholas Pooran at cover via the bowling of left-arm spinner Khary Pierre.

 

Despite Windies getting Gayle (63) with the score on 132, Andre Russell and Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat finished the innings with a quick-fire 43-run fifth wicket partnership to post a very competitive total for Windies B to chase.

In reply, the Caribbean side immediately found themselves in trouble collapsing to 59/5 in the seventh over, with two main batsmen, Brandon King (12) and Pooran (13) out for paltry scores.

Hodge and Fabian Allen gave Windies hope and Vancouver a strong scare during their 71-run sixth wicket partnership taking to score to 130/5 in the 16thover, leaving them needing 46 to win in the final four overs.

Eventual man of the match left-arm paceman Sheldon Cottrell and Russell produced some intelligent final overs death bowling, as Windies B lost the final five wickets for five runs to lose their first game of the tournament.

Match 14: Toronto Nationals vs. Montreal Tigers

Fans were treated to a last-over thriller in game two of the doubleheader as tail ender Kesrick Williams hit Peter Siddle for a last ball boundary to secure a win.

Batting first, Montreal’s total of 176/4 was set up on the back of 127-run fourth wicket sojourn between Trans-Tasman teammates Moises Henriques and George Worker, after their West Indian openers Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine once again did not give them a solid start.

Toronto’s chase was immediately put in early jeopardy, as they collapsed to 27/3 in the fifth over. The first three batsmen – Johnson Charles, Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal and Australian Steve Smith – all had low production not scoring, recording 19 runs and counting three runs, respectively, before being sent back to the pavilion.

New Zealand’s Anton Devcich (43) and Canadian captain Nitish Kumar (46) of Toronto registered a potent counter-attacking 93-run partnership. Momentum swung again Montreal’s way when both were dismissed along with Daren Sammy (2), as Toronto slipped from 120/3 to 139/6 in the 16th over.

Kieron Pollard used all his experience from the worldwide T20 circuit, as he guided the lower order expertly, while hitting some towering sixes. Despite getting out in the final over, his belligerent cameo was the crucial performance, before the aforementioned Williams became the last-ball hero.

Round two plays begins Tuesday with Cricket West Indies B team facing Montreal in a first vs. sixth-place showdown followed by Vancouver facingToronto in a second vs. fifth-place tussle.  The next day, Edmonton Royals meet Winnipeg Hawks in the third vs. fourth-place match.

Tickets for round two matches and the playoffs are on sale and available at www.gt20.ca or at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ticket office.

 

Cricket West Indies B Team Clinch Playoff Berth, Edmonton Topples Winnipeg

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 12: Toronto Nationals vs. Cricket West Indies B Team, 11:00 a.m. North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Match 13: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Edmonton Royals, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Summary Result: Cricket West Indies B Team 131/2 in 14.1 overs (Justin Greaves 45, Sherfane Rutherford 37, Brandon King 30; Usma Mir 1-29, Nikhil Dutta 1-36) defeats Toronto Nationals 128/5 in 20 overs (Steve Smith 55; Greaves 2-20) by eight wickets

 

Summary Result: Edmonton Royals 209/5 in 19.3 overs (Agha Salman 73, Farhaan Behardien 62, Andre Fletcher 47; Fidel Edwards 2-33) defeats Winnipeg Hawks 203/4 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 66, Mark Deyal 64, David Miller 60; Mohammad Irfan 2-29, Agha Salman 2-43) by five wickets

 

 

By Colin Benjamin

Match 12: Toronto Nationals vs. Cricket West Indies B Team

KING CITY, Ont. – Top all-round performances by Barbados and Pakistan players Justin Greaves and Agha Salman, respectively, propelled Cricket West Indies B Team and Edmonton Royals to victories of contrasting difficulties on Saturday, in day nine of Global T20 Canada action at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

The result sees the young West Indian side become the first team to qualify for the playoffs and maintain its position at the top of the table with eight points and an (4-0) unbeaten record.

“No one knew us coming into tournament,” said West Indies B Team assistant coach Roderick Estwick. “They didn’t know our strengths and weaknesses as a team, so we used that as our advantage and that’s something that we will continue to do and keep them guessing.”

Inversely, star-studded Toronto Nationals (1-3) fell to the bottom with two points alongside Montreal Tigers, succumbing to their third-straight loss after opening the tournament with a victory over second- place Vancouver Knights.

This fixture was played once more on the third pitch off the wicket-square, which has proven to be the most challenging of the tournament in some aspects for batsmen.

Immediately, Toronto was placed on its back foot losing both openers in the first two overs with just nine runs on the board.

Firstly veteran former Pakistani opener Kamran Akmal was bowled with a beautiful Derval Green out-swing delivery, before West Indian Johnson Charles hit a catch to the mid-wicket boundary fielder off the bowling of left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge.

Continued tight bowling from the Caribbean side meant that a 44-run partnership between Trans-Tasman pair of Steve Smith and Anton Devcich never had any real momentum as it lasted until the tenth over.

Devcich (21) was then dismissed caught brilliantly by Hodge at point, leaving Toronto in a sluggish position of 53/3 at the halfway mark.

The dangerous Kieron Pollard (8) and Canada captain and native of Toronto, Nitish Kumar (1), departed soon afterwards as Cricket West Indies B Team maintained total control at this stage with Toronto 74/5 in the 14th over.

Toronto’s score could have been restricted even further, when two overs later Smith (35) was dropped by Windies B captain and wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble, as he dropped a very high catch via medium pacer Greaves’s bowling.

However Smith (55) alongside Toronto’s captain Daren Sammy (23), fought back in the final overs in an unbeaten 54-run sixth-wicket alliance, guiding the Nationals to a respectable 128-run total.

Smith’s innings on the tricky batting wicket, despite being dropped, highlighted why he is highly regarded as arguably the best batsman in cricket.

It took extra batting skill and patience with wickets falling around him to produce such a knock.

In reply, Windies B quickly made any worries of the difficult batting wicket look inadequate, as it raced to 36/0 in three overs with Guyanese Sherfane Rutherford and player of the match, Greaves, in full attack mode. It was the second player-of-the-match honour for Greaves in as many games as he earned it in Windies B’s previous match, a nine-wicket win over Winnipeg Hawks on July 5.

Highlighting this period was Rurtherford hitting veteran Pakistan paceman Mohammad Sami for massive sixes over the extra cover and mid-wicket boundaries in the third over.

Windies B had raced to 71/1 by the first power play, for the loss of just Rutherford (37) who was caught at the wicket off Canadian off-spinner Nikhil Dutta of Toronto.

The chase was a simple cruise onwards for Windies B and Nicholas Pooran (15) would end the game in typical Caribbean flair by reverse sweeping Dutta over the square-leg boundary for six.

“The facilities are lovely, the weather is lovely and its an opportunity for people to go out and showcase their talent, its showing going Global, so just go out and represent West Indies with pride,” said Estwick.

Agha Salman on the attack during his match winning 73

 

Match 13: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Edmonton Royals  

Half centuries from Pakistan’s Agha Salman and South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien were instrumental in Edmonton Royals chasing Winnipeg’s mammoth 200-plus run total.

Winnipeg’s 200 total was their second of the tournament following their 203/4 score against Montreal Tigers in game two on June 30.

The result moves Edmonton (2-2) up to third place in the table with five points, while Winnipeg drops to fourth (2-3) with four points.

Put into bat by Edmonton, Australian star and Winnipeg captain David Warner continued his tournament struggles, as he was dismissed first delivery, without scoring, caught by Pakistani star Shahid Afridi caught at short fine-leg via Mohammad Irfan’s bowling.

Warner’s other scores in league competition thus far are: 1, 4, 1 and 6.

Winnipeg made a batting order change, promoting Trinidad and Tobago left-hander Mark Deyal to number three instead of Australian Ben McDermott and this tactic worked to perfection for the Waqar Younis-coached side.

Deyal (66) and Lendl Simmons (64) counter-attacked against Edmonton’s bowlers during an entertaining 99-run second wicket alliance.

Simmons’ innings took his tournament total up to 215 runs and to the position as leading run scorer to date in Global T20 Canada.

Despite part-time off-spinner Agha Salman getting Deyal and Darren Bravo (2) in the space of two overs with scores of 111 and 118 in the 11th and 13th overs, respectively, when South African star David Miller joined Simmons, the runs kept flowing for Winnipeg.

Eighty-nine runs were scored in the final six overs, with Miller (60) being particularly destructive with his 28-ball innings that included a last over assault when he hit Edmonton captain Sohail Tanvir for 18 runs.

In the Royals’s previous fixture against Montreal, they were bowled out for 114 chasing a paltry target of 129. When veteran New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi (3) perished in the third over to fast bowler Fidel Edwards, it seemed initially they would repeat that poor batting effort.

However, starting with Andre Fletcher’s (47) quick-fire innings where he hit young American medium pacer Kyle Philip for 28 runs in his first over, Edmonton had the perfect early foundation set for the eventual match-winning performances of Salman and Behardien to guide them home.

Global T20 Canada action resumes Sunday with a doubleheader top-of-the-table clash between Cricket West Indies B Team and Vancouver Knights. Last-place dwellers Montreal and Toronto  will ice each other in the second match.