Young Malton of the Etobicoke & District League will meet Canterbury CC (Ottawa Valley) in the Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) Championships on Sunday (Oct 1) at Maple Leaf CC, King City. The match is scheduled for a 10am start.

Young Malton pulled off what would be regarded as a surprise win on Saturday (Sept 30) over Yorkshire CC, the Toronto & District Cricket Association champions, at Centennial Park, Etobicoke. They won this OCA semi-final by 5 wickets.

Yorkshire won the toss and batted on a cool and cloudy day. Asif Mulla and Vary Grewal provided a solid start. Grewal was out for 30 (65-1) to end the 19th over. The outfield was damp and a few well-struck shots pulled up well short of the boundary. Asif hit one powerful six over wide long-on that resulted in a lost ball. He was run out for 55 (132-6).

Yorkshire made 163 all out (49 overs). Mohsin Mulla (17) was the only other batsman to reach double-figures. Sase Narine took 3-26 and Raj Ranhhawa 3-28.

Young Malton lost one wicket in the first over and their other opener was forced to retire hurt. Idris Gangatt and Azemal Hannif set the scoreboard ticking, reaching 39 (8 overs) before settling to a rate of 4 runs an over. Conditions became more testing for both sides as first the wind increased and then rain set in. Young Malton reached 100 for the loss of 3 wickets. Gangutt made 43 and Hannif 32.

The light became increasingly testing, but Yorkshire's bowlers and fielders deserve praise for containing the scoring. Only 24 runs were made in the ten overs between the 31st and 40th. Pubudu Dassanayaka played steadily, eventually stroking the winning single to reach 26 not out.

The players, supporters, officials and other cricket lovers who braved the latter stages of this day, will be hoping for a drier time in the final on Sunday at King City.