In what is one of the more positive pieces of news to come out of the non-test cricket world in recent months, the oldest international rivalry in all sport will resume later this month when King City plays host to a two day match between Canada and the USA.

The contest was first played in 1844 in New York, with Canada winning that first encounter, which was the first international match in any sport. It was played almost annually until 1912. The series returned in 1963 as the KA Auty Trophy, named for Karl Andre Auty, who did much to keep cricket alive in North America in the first half of the twentieth century.

It was then played until 1995, when the last match was played at the Toronto CSCC, with Canada the victors. The series was shelved by the then Canadian Cricket Association in favour of concentrating on hosting ODIs between India and Pakistan.

Since then, matches between the two rivals have been almost exclusively one-day, and now Twenty20, affairs, with the exception of the 2004 Intercontinental Cup match in Florida during which John Davison took 17 wickets.

The USA have played limited overs cricket only since that first edition of the Intercontinental Cup, making Canada the favourites.

The match will begin on the 15th of August and will be preceded by the two teams playing in a four team Twenty20 tournament also involving Afghanistan and Trinidad & Tobago.