Young Malton are Ontario Champions
The finals of the inaugural Ontario Cricket Association club championships were held at King City yesterday, and Young Malton were the winners by a long shot. The winners of the Etobicoke & District Cricket League batted first and then bowled out Canterbury, winners of the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council, to win by 135 runs.
Young Malton batted wonderfully and Canterbury helped them out a few times by dropping some easy catches. The opening batsmen did very well, putting on 97 runs for the first wicket and building a foundation for a strong innings. Enos McDonald was the top batsman for Malton, scoring 90 runs in all. Akber Hussain was the only Canterbury bowler who could do anything consistently and he took the final 4 wickets, the 10th coming in the penultimate over. But Young Malton had to be happy with their innings of 255 all out.
Malton's bowling started well and continued throughout Canterbury's innings. 2 wickets fell early and after 33 overs had fallen to 120-7. It came to Canadian national team bowler Puvendran Ravishankar to nail down the tail, and nail it he did. He finished the match off quickly by bowling a hattrick and boosted Young Malton to the OCA Championship. As champs, they claim the championshop trophy and the $2000 prize. Runners-up Canterbury received $1000 as a consolation prize - still not bad for amateur sides.
Young Malton 255 all out (48.5 overs, Enos McDonald 90, Balaji Rao 44, Akber Hussain 4-48)
Canterbury 120 all out (33.4 overs, Puvendran Ravishankar 4-25)
Young Malton won by 135 runs