Toronto: Ontario Under-17 Reds won all four round-robin games and captured Cricket Canada’s 2014 Under-17 Canada Cup on July 4 at Centennial Park, Etobicoke. Ontario U17 Greens placed second. The Greens lost to Ontario Reds by six wickets, but beat Alberta U17s, British Columbia U17s and the combined provinces team of Under-17 players from Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The tournament took place in hot, humid conditions that were possibly challenging for some of the players.
Alberta U17 beat British Columbia U17 by four runs in the closing round of matches to place third with two wins and two defeats. Both Alberta and British Columbia had beaten the Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan team. A unbroken partnership of 76 runs between Asad-ur-Rehman Razique (42*) and captain Suliman Khan (34*) carried British Columbia to victory by seven wickets against the Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan team. The stand came after combined provinces captain Abdul Haseeb scored 46 of his team’s 146 for six.
Ontario Reds’ Thursaanth Anantharajah (Shan) won the batting award for his tournament leading 126 runs. Three bowlers shared the award for taking the most wickets. Shlok Patel (Ontario Greens) ended the tournament with 9 wickets for 73 runs, Akash Gill (Ontario Greens) captured 9 for 90 runs and Rommel Ahmad Shahzad (Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan) took 9 for 121 runs. Ontario Reds’ captain Abraash Khan took five catches to win the award for most catches.