The semifinals and final of the Toronto and District Cricket Association (T&DCA) Elite Division are set for this weekend at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City , Ontario . Two other Canadian leagues, Ontario's Hamilton and District, and British Columbia's Victoria & District also have finals at the weekend.
In Saturday's T&DCA semi-finals (Sept 13), Brampton Masters meet Centurions and PCB (Popeyes) meet Cavaliers. The winners meet in Sunday's Final. These playoff games are due to start at 11 am each day.
Masters main run-getter this season was Albert Gopie with 365 regular season runs, including 3 fifties, while Rishi Bachan took 19 wickets at an average of 10.79. Atullen Beadle made 307 regular season runs for Centurions. PCB include Rizwan Cheema who hit two ODI fifties for Canada in the recent Scotiabank Series against West Indies, although Saeed Ahmad topped the club batting with 434 regular season runs. Cavaliers include Sunil Dhaniram, captain of Canada in that series. Dhaniram made 141 runs in one of just 5 regular season appearances for his club.
Playoffs in other divisions of the T&DCA continue into the next weekend.
The Hamilton & District Cricket League has a similar arrangement to the T&DCA Elite Division, with two semi-finals on Saturday, followed by a final on Sunday. Matches start at noon.
Saturday's semi-finals see the 2007 finalists Crescent and St Catherines meet at Mohawk Sports Park, Hamilton. St Catherines won on a miserable day last year. Players had scorched in the previous day's semi-finals. It can certainly be tough going for players in Canadian cricket. Mississauga Ramblers hosts Hamilton CC at the Avebury ground in Mississagua in the other semi-final. Hamilton CC beat the first West Indies touring team back in 1886. The venue for the final depends on the outcome of the semi-finals.
Beacon Hill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is the setting for Saturday's Victoria and District Cricket League's final between Oak Bay and Alcos. Oak Bay won 10 and lost 5 regular season games. Alcos won 6 and lost 6 with 3 games rained-off. This match is also due to start at noon.
The British Columbia Mainland Cricket League was won by Pakcan, who beat Abbotsford, in the final, while the new Metro Vancouver Cricket League was won by Meraloma, who beat Richmond in the inauguarl final. Earlier this season, Meraloma won the John Ross Robertson Western Championship, involving champion clubs from the western provinces.