This weekend sees playoff deciders in the Premier Divisions of the Toronto and District Cricket Association (T&DCA) and the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League (BCMCL). The final rounds of the Premier division also take place in the Montreal area to decide the Quebec Cricket Federation (QCF) championship. These three leagues have provided the bulk of the senior mens Canadian national team in recent years.

Meraloma meet Richmond in Saturday's BCMCL Premier Final at Hugo Ray Park.

The T&DCA semi-finals are also on Saturday (Sept 15), with the winners meeting in Sunday's final. Toronto CC meets Yorkshire CC and Vikings faces Brampton Masters. All T&DCA games are at Maple Leaf CC, King City.

Meraloma meet Richmond in Saturday's BCMCL Premier Final at Hugo Ray Park.

In Montreal, both Adastrians and Pak-Can are due to play twice this weekend. Both have records of 10 wins and 2 losses. Sunday sees both teams in action on different pitches at the University of Montreal grounds. Adastrians plays Sauve and Pak-Can meets India.

It should be an interesting weekend's cricket. Playoffs and regular seasons in other leagues and lower divisions continue in most parts of the country for at least another week.

Meraloma and Richmond Contest BC Mainland Cricket Championship

Richmond beat Salim Akbar by 3 wickets in the Premier Semi-final of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League last weekend, and is set to meet Meraloma in the Final this Saturday (September 15). Meraloma came top of the regular season standings and gained an automatic place in this final. The match is scheduled for Hugo Ray Park, with a start time of 11am.

In the semi-final, Salim Akbar made 101 all out (33.1 overs) with Qasim Dawood top scoring with 22 runs. Omar Wiggins took 4 wickets for 41 runs in his ten overs, including a hattrick. Richmond battled along to make 101 for 7 in 39.3 overs and win by 3 wickets.

Meraloma includes Kevin Sandher and Steve Welsh, who both played for Canada this summer, in its line-up.

Hugo Park is a key cricketing facility in the Vancouver area. It is being used for the Premier final and some lower division playoffs due to the ongoing city workers strike in Vancouver. However, the future of this key cricket ground itself is in danger, due to a proposal to make the playing areas artificial to meet the needs of field hockey. A sport that now uses artificial pitches at the top level. Canada's field hockey team has qualified for the Olympic Games. The British Columbia Mainland Cricket League is now battling for the retention of cricket at Hugo Ray Park.

Adastrians and Pak-Can battle for Quebec Cricket Honours

Adastrians and Pak-Can enter the final weekend of La Federation Quebecoise du Cricket/The Quebec Cricket Federation season neck and neck for the Premier division title. Both teams are due to play two matches this weekend, both have records of 10 wins and 2 defeats. AAT is in third place but has completed its matches.

Adastrians faces Cavaliers at Wagar on Saturday (Sept 15) and close against Sauve at the University of Montreal grounds on Sunday. Pak-Can is due to play Grenada on Saturday at Jarry Park, then meet India on Sunday, also at the University of Montreal. All grounds are in the Montreal area. The University of Montreal cricket grounds are at 100 Vincent D'indy.

Adastrians will be as keen to retain its title as Pak-Can will be to overhaul them. Adastrians include Qaiser Ali and Abdul Jabbar who are both due to tour Kenya and Namibia with Canada in October.

The Senior A and B divisions conclude next weekend (Sept 22-23).

Toronto & District Cricket Premier Title up for Grabs this weekend

The Premier Division Playoffs of the Toronto and District Cricket Association are being contested at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City this weekend. On Saturday (September 15), Pompey Conference Champions Toronto CC faces Yorkshire, last year's playoff champions, and Ward Conference Champions Vikings faces Brampton Masters.

Toronto will be without Canadian international Ashish Bagai, now working in London, England, so will look to the likes of Zubin Surkari to fire its batting. Yorkshire includes Asif and Moshin Mulla. Asif has become a regular in the Canadian national team since touring South Africa last winter. He was the one century maker for his club this season. Moshin closed the regular season with a knock of 74 against Centurions and was leading wicket-taker with 23 wickets this season.

Vikings' Jason Petraj has been recalled to the Canadian national side for the October trip to Kenya and Namibia. Chris Vernon, Sewnarine Chattergoon and Hemnarine Chattergoon help fuel the batting line-up for Vikings. Brampton Masters includes the free-scoring Albert Gopie, whose best score was 92 against Toronto CC, and Ugandan-born Canadian international pace bowler Henry Osinde. Osinde took 5 wickets for 16 runs earlier this season against Vikings.

Vikings (won 9, lost 3, rain-out 4, 66 points) closed 6 points ahead of Yorkshire (won 10, lost 6, 60 points) in the Ward Conference. Centurions came third with 49 points after a record of 6 wins, 6 losses and 4 rain-outs.

Toronto (W 10, L 4, RO 2) ended with 66 points in the Pompey Conference, just 2 points ahead of Brampton Masters (W 9, L 4, RO 3). Overseas (W 10, L5, RO 1)and Cavaliers (W 9 L4, RO 3) were each just 1 point behind Brampton Masters in a very close race for Conference honours and the two playoff spots.

Playoffs in other divisions also take place this weekend and continue next weekend.