Team Canada has done it again. Our Under-19s Team by defeating Bermuda in a keenly contested game at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City is going to the Under-19s World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004.
Canada batting first scored 271 runs off 47.5 overs. Mohamed Qawi top scored with 89 runs. Canada was without opening bowler Simon Upton because of a finger injury and was hard pressed to contain the impressive Bermuda youngsters.
Bermuda batting second scored 270 runs off 50 overs and could easily have won the game had they scored off the last ball of the game. It was not to be however. Bermuda would have joined Cayman Islands and Canada with one loss each, but would still have lost on run rate. Canada went undefeated in the event held in wonderful weather.
Four of the Bermuda team, coached by Mark Harper were 15 year olds and represent wonderful prospects for the future. Cayman Islands, coached by Theo Cuffy, finished second and also displayed fantastic talent including a stylish opening bowler, Troy Taylor, whose best figures were 7 wickets for 12 runs off 7 overs.
The United States of America team, also has shown some fantastic improvement in their players, while Argentina, severely hampered by playing in their winter or off-season, can be pleased with the fact that 10 of their 14 players will be eligible to play in the next U19 tournament as well.
The CCA wishes to thank ICC development, the Regional Development Manager, Martin Vieira, the Organising committees, scorers, players, umpires, spectators and all volunteers for their support.
Thanks also to Elvin Pompey of the Toronto and District CA and to Traddie Simpson, Ontario CA and their Boards of Directors and to the Maple Leaf CC, its Staff and Board for their support in staging this successful tournament on turf wickets installed for the ICC Trophy 2001.
Support the World Cup bound Under-19s Team Canada and assist in pre World Cup outdoor and indoor training and preparation.
Donations can be sent to the Canadian Cricket Association, 1185 Eglinton Avenue E, Suite 604, Toronto. Tax-deductible receipts are supplied for donations.
The CCA will shortly be also inviting applications for Team Manager and Cricket Manager for the Under-19s World Cup.