Brampton Masters captured the Toronto and District Cricket Association Premier Championship with a powerful 164-run win over Toronto CC. Opening batsman Albert Gopie (58 runs), Brent Lezama (53 runs) and Henry Osinde (5 wickets for 21 runs) spearheaded this success.
Masters beat Vikings, and Toronto eclipsed Yorkshire CC in the semi-finals. Lezama had top-scored with 60 runs against Vikings. Toronto had edged out Masters in the regular-season Pompey conference standings. Vikings had topped the Ward Conference.
Cowichan strode to the Victoria and District Cricket Association (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) title with a 7-wicket win over Albion. Daniel Vann hit an undefeated 127 runs in the playoff final, after making 79 runs not out in the semi-final win against Colts. Vann's innings included 17 fours and 8 six-hits.
Millwoods took the Edmonton and District Cricket League (Alberta) Premier Playoff final with a 108-run win over regular-season leaders Victoria Park.
All three finals took place on Sunday September 16, after semi-finals the previous day. Cricket action continues in several leagues and associations across the country this coming weekend.
Note: The Cowichan-Meraloma Tomlin Cup match to decide the British Columbia provincial cricket champions, originally due for this Saturday (Sept 22) has been postponed to May 2008.
Brampton Masters powers to Toronto & District Premier Title
Brampton Masters romped to a 164-run win over Toronto CC in the final of the Toronto and District Cricket Association Premier Division playoffs. Masters opening batsman Albert Gopie set the tone with 58 runs, ably assisted by 53 runs from Brent Lezama, en route to a total of 252 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs. Jason Mohammed chipped in with 45 runs and Vishnu Narine fired 30 runs not out as the innings closed.
Opening bowler Henry Osinde then stepped up to take 5 wickets for 21 runs as Toronto was routed for 88 runs in 29.4 overs. Canadian junior international Pratik Patel made 27 runs, batting at number eight for Toronto. Skipper Akshay Bagai (11 runs) was the only other Toronto player to reach double figures.
The result reverses the regular season standings in the Pompey conference, where Toronto had edged out Masters by just 2 points. Still, it will rank as a useful season for Toronto, who lacked Ashish Bagai in the second part of the campaign, can look to matches such as useful win over the experienced Centurions at Ross Lord Park in his absence. Zubin Surkari had made a solid half-century in the semi-final win against Yorkshire.
Masters has a strong line-up, as shown by the win over the touring Powergen club from Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, the line-up has several Trinidadian connections.
Playoffs in the first, second and third divisions of the Toronto and District are due to conclude this weekend with semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday (September 23), mostly at Maple Leaf CC, King City. The two third division semi-finals on Saturday are at Toronto's G. Ross Lord Park.
Vann blasts Cowichan to Victoria and District Championship
Daniel Vann had an excellent weekend for Cowichan to steer his club to the Victoria and District Cricket Association championship (Vancouver Island, British Columbia). Vann domintated with 127 runs not out in the final to cement a 7 wicket win against Albion. Earlier he took 3 wickets for 49 runs as Albion was bowled out for 191 runs in 34.1 overs. Vann's attacking batting saw victory in less than 20 overs. Nel Lucien helped the victory charge with 42 runs not out.
Lucien's innings was at close to one run per ball but Vann surged to 127 runs off 54 balls, including 17 fours and eight sixes at the Beacon Hill ground.
Vann had lead the way in Saturday's semi-final success over Colts when making 79 runs not out in another 7 wicket win. Colts had topped the regular season standings in the VDCA.
Albion had overcome the second-placed regular season side Carico to reach Sunday's final (Sept 16).
Cowichan will faces Meraloma of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League in the Tomlin Cup, BC's provincial cricket championship. This match has been postponed to May 2008. The Tomlin Cup winner then represents British Columbia in the Western Section of the John Ross Robertson Trophy, the Canadian club championship.
Millwoods take Edmonton Premier Title
Millwoods won the Premier division playoffs in the Edmonton and District Cricket League (Alberta) with a 108 run win over Victoria Park. Millwoods tallied 206 runs before closing out Victoria Park for 98 runs.
Millwoods, having placed third in the regular season, had to beat Elites (second in the regular season) in the semi-final game before meeting regular-season standings leaders Victoria Park.
Millwoods will face the Calgary and District Cricket League Champions in the Alberta Championship game, the Nolan Cup. The Calgary league goes down to the wire this coming weekend.
Rising Stars won the Edmonton and District First Division title, beating Edmonton CC in the playoff final.
Elsewhere in the Canadian leagues and associations
The Quebec Cricket Federation has a playoff between Adastrians and PakCan on Saturday (Sept 22) at Parc Raymond Park, La Salle, Montreal, to decide the Premier Champions. The Senior A and B divisions conclude with the two final rounds of league games on Saturday and Sunday in the Montreal area.
The Calgary and District Cricket League is set for an exciting conclusion with CanAsia and St John's both on 42 points. Predators are just 3 points behind the leading duo and meet St John's while CanAsia wrap-up the season with a match against Crown. Last season's Calgary league had a similarly tight battle for honours.
Cricketing action continues in the Greater Toronto Area with playoff action in the Etobicoke, Commonwealth and Scarborough leagues.