Premier Round-up

Toronto CC heads the Pompey Division of the Toronto & District Cricket Association's Premier League and Centurions top the Ward Division after last weekends matches (July 21-22).

Brampton Masters closed the gap on Toronto CC with an 11 run win in a head-to-head battle. Albert Gopie's 92 runs was the foundation of Brampton's 226 runs for 7 wickets. Toronto was bowled out for 215 with 3 balls left of its 50 overs. Zubin Surkari scored 65. His third fifty of the sesaon for Toronto.

Centurions beat Malton by 49 runs with Arvind Kandappah making 53 of Centurions 209 for 7 wickets. Malton was dismissed for 160 runs. Vikings edged out Cavaliers by 4 runs in a tight finish to go second in the Ward Division. Cavaliers was all out for 129 runs with 11 balls remaining in response to Vikings 133 run total.

In the Etobicoke and District Premier League, Elmbank (6 wins 77 points) leads Bramalea (5 wins, 63 points) in the Morgan Conference. Calypso (8 wins, 90 point) has gone top of the the Persaud Conference, eight points ahead of Brampton United (7 wins, 82 points).

There are 12 teams in the both the T & D and Etobicoke & District Premier Leagues.

The 8-team Premier Division of the Canadian Commonwealth Cricket Association of Toronto is headed by Georgetown (5 wins, 67 points) with Jays Auto (6 wins, 66 points) in second place. Apollo (4 wins, 55 points) is in third place.

Irfan Rabbani recently hit a record individual score of 304 runs for Apollo's First Division team. This beat the Canadian record held by international player Don Maxwell. Maxwell played an innings of 280 runs for York University in the T & D. It turns out the previous Canadian Commonwealth League record was 250 runs, set by former West Indies Test player Faoud Bacchus. Bacchus played internationally for Canada and later the USA after his West Indies representative days.

The Scarborough Cricket Association Premier League has Culture United (4 wins, 28 points) and last year's champions Lawrence (4 wins, 28 points) at the top of Conference A. Bawa XI (4 wins 4, 27 points) head Panoli MCC (3 wins, 24 points) in Conference B. There are 10 teams in the Premier League.

Culture United beat Lawrence at Lamoreaux Park earlier in the season thanks to a 5-wicket haul from a junior player who told me he wanted to be anonymous as his team was batting. However, a junior taking 5 wickets in this senior league automatically gets a trophy from the League! So Parth Rawal lost his anonymity in this game. His Toronto Cricket Academy coach was pleased to know one of his boys had done well.

Lawrence was all out for 93 runs. Culture United made 94 for 6 wickets to win by 4 wickets.

Lower Divisions of these Leagues

The T&D now has 4 groups of 6 teams at the Division 1 level. Division 2 has an overall 18 teams and Division 3 has 24 teams. The leaders of the Division 1 groupings are Popeyes and Gujarat (East) with Lion Heart and Mississauga Ramblers heading the West divisions. Bangla and Ajax top one Conference in Division 2, with Victoria Park and West Indian leading the other conference. Ontario Cricket Academy Colts lead Popeyes and Civics are above Woodbine in the Division 3 conferences.

The Etobicoke and District has 12 teams in each of Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Division 5 has 13 teams, including newcomers Ernst and Young, a team of players from the local offices of one of the world's major accounting firms.

I saw Hindustan cement a 44-run win over Sher-E-Punjab at Samuel Smith Park, down by the shore of Lake Ontario, on Saturday to remain top in Division 2. On Sunday I saw some early action in Young Titans 5 wicket win over Westies and Cosmos 7 wicket win over Cambridge in Division 1 matches at Etobicoke's Centennial Park. Westies remain top of its conference just 2 points ahead of Young Titans. Cosmos top its conference above The Falcons.

The cricket ground at Samuel Smith Park is also used for Australian Rules football. The changing dynamics of cricket in the north-west corner of the GTA see more Etobicoke league grounds in neighbouring Brampton than in Etobicoke!

In the Canadian Commonwealth Cricket Association, Brampton Masters leads Division One's Hansraj Conference with 9 wins in 11 games. Each of these conferences has 6 teams. Stallions top the Ross Conference. Etobicoke Eagles head Stallions/Atlantic in the 7-team Division Two.

The First Division Conferences in the Scarborough Association are headed by Gujarat/Baroda A and APM. Falcons and Star lead the Second Division Conferences. There are 10 teams in the First Division and 11 in the Second.

PowerGen Tour (Trinidad & Tobago, Carib National League)

PowerGen, a leading team from the Carib National League in Trinidad & Tobago, will be in the Greater Toronto Area in August to play some Toronto & District Cricket Association sides and an Ontario Select team.

August 2 v Tranzac ; August 3 v Masters SC; August 6 v Ontario Select (matches at Eglinton Flats (Jane and Eglinton Ave West, Toronto); August 7 v Cavaliers (G. Ross Lord Park); August 9 v Toronto CC; August 10 v Overseas.