Canterbury CC into Ontario finals
The first half of the final for the inaugural Ontario Club Championship is now known, as Canterbury Cricket Club of Ottawa won both their matches over the weekend to make the finals. They defeated Hamilton & District champions Crescent CC in the play-in game, and then won their semifinal fixture against Sunrise Browne of the Southern Ontario Cricket Association.
It was a rainy weekend here in Ontario, and as such there was not enough time to play a full match on Saturday. The play-in game, then, was changed from a 50 over a side match to a Twenty20 match, much to the delight of the fans. Canterbury batted first and did wonderfully, amassing 168 runs in the allotted time for the loss of 6 wickets. Openers Abdul Jaffar and Kamran Raza did most of the work, putting up 65 and 35 runs respectively. Crescent's innings was less successful, only managing 118 runs for 9 wickets. Rochack Mehta led a strong Canterbury bowling attack taking 4-17 from his 4 overs.
Canterbury then moved forward to the semifinal game where they were pitted against Sunrise Browne. Again weather caused a reduction in the match, this time to 40 overs a side. Unfortunately for them, Canterbury scored just 139 runs when they lost their tenth wicket. Sunrise Browne started well, but after the openers fell there was not much more resistance offered. The ball was soggy and the pitch was damp, and it made for difficult batting for Sunrise. They succumbed after scoring 122 runs, 18 shy of their target. Jay Tanotra led the bowlers this time, taking 4-20.
The second semifinal will go on Saturday when Toronto & District champions Yorkshire take on Young Malton of the Etobicoke & District Cricket League. The winner of that match will then play against Canterbury in the finals on Sunday at Canada's newly minted ODI ground at King City. The winning team will receive $2000 in prize money, and the runner-up will receive $1000.