St Andrew’s College 41 for 7 (25 overs)
Upper Canada College 45 for 2 (8.4 overs)
UCC won by 8 wickets
UCC’s Varsity cricketers secured their fourth successive title with a convincing win at SAC on May 26. Faiz Khwaja managed to lose the toss again and SAC elected to bat. UCC’s bowlers produced their most disciplined performance of the season in response to some unadventurous batting. Akash Kennedy-Ganesh was again the most effective of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for only 2 runs from his 5 overs. Lachlan Rigby, Faizan Haider, Adharsh Kennedy-Ganesh and Khwaja all bowled tidily too, and they were backed-up by some excellent fielding.
Rob Dean and Khwaja opened the batting for UCC with the knowledge that they were (unofficially) competing for the annual batting award (sitting at 97 and 92 total runs respectively). Dean was unfortunate to be surprised by a delivery that bounced alarmingly from the pitch early on and was dismissed for 1, leaving Khwaja and Jeffrey Ing to face some accurate SAC bowling. Once settled, Khwaja (27 * – securing the batting award) started to score freely and although Ing was out as the pair closed-in on victory, Aidan Heney joined the captain to see UCC home in just 8.4 overs.
The victory sealed a dominant CISAA championship-winning season, with 4 comprehensive victories. While the team loses 6 graduating players, there remains a strong core and some promising young players to push for places next year.
In a season finale, the team will play a challenge game at Toronto Cricket Club next week against a strong local schoolboy side.