Ontario B won the inaugural Scotiabank National T20 Cricket Competition on Monday, beating Quebec by 8 runs in the Final. This match featured the runners-up from each qualifying groups as Ontario B squeezed home off the last ball of a 5-overs-a-side semi-final against Ontario A, and Quebec beat British Columbia by 4 runs.
The final saw Zubin Surkari (20 runs) and Sanja Thurasingham (36 runs) get Ontario B off to a good start Sohan Anjaria (17 runs) and Eion Katchay (15 runs not out) kept the innings flowing until it ended, to the surprise of some insiders, at 120 runs for 5 wickets after 15 overs. Pre-match indications had been for an 11-overs a side game .
Quebec captain, Qaiser Ali, made 20 runs but wickets tumbled until a late burst by Jason Gooleb, who made 36 runs (including 3 sixes), gave hope to the visitors. Arsalan Qadir bowled Gooleb in the final over and Ontario B took the Scotiabank T20 title by 8 runs.
The matches, when played, provided competitive cricket and action. Indeed, both semi-final games included one over where four wickets fell. Arsalan Qadir took 4 wickets for 6 runs in his over against Ontario A, while Manoj David took 2 wickets but applied sufficient pressure to see to other batsmen run out in his final over for BC against Quebec. But is was not quite enough.