Quebec v Intario, Atholstan Cup, Montreal June 12, 2007

Quebec regain the Atholstan Cup

Eddie Norfolk

Quebec 225 (48.2 overs; Qaiser Ali 64) and 165 for 8 (50 overs) beat Ontario 126 (43.1 overs: N Patel 3-23) and 210 (46.1 overs; Shamshuddeem 56, N Patel 3-51) runs

Quebec regained the Atholstan Cup in LaSalle (Montreal) on Sunday (June 10), beating Ontario by 44 runs.

Ontario battled back on the second day with some solid bowling that restricted Quebec to just 165 from 50 overs. Aftab Shamshuddeem was particularly impressive. He conceded just 13 runs from 10 overs and took two wickets. Jitender Singh and Hezron Lawrence each scored 35 for Quebec. Lawrence was out to a fine leg-side catch by Ontario wicketkeeper Azib Ali. He took three other catches in this innings.

Shamshuddeem was pivotal in Ontario's performance, making 56 (2x4, 1x6) when opening the second innings batting. He led the way for the visitors in this match and the hosts celebrated his dismissal. He was fourth out with the total on 102 for 4. Ontario then slumped to 148 for 8 wickets before Naresh Roopnaraine (43, including 2x4, 2x6) and Harvir Baidwan (24 runs) lead a spirited effort for the last two wickets.

Quebec skipper Naresh Patel again took three wickets, as he had in the first innings, but he conceded