There's no better illustration of cricket's history at Upper Canada College than the depiction of a student dressed in cricket attire on the armorial bearings displayed above the entrance to Laidlaw Hall. Cricket was the first sport played at UCC, with the first representative game played against the Toronto Cricket Club in 1836.
With the emergence of other sports, cricket is not as pre-eminent as it once was, but the school still produces a competitive team and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, holding the CISAA championship trophy for the last three seasons. Drawing on students from diverse backgrounds, some with a grounding in cricket and others with an open mind and the determination to master a new game, a squad of 15 or so players is typically selected each year along with a development squad of about six younger boys.
The team competes in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association against Trinity College School and St. Andrew's College in home and away 30-over games to decide the championship. The boys also play in a tournament at the Toronto Cricket Club and a number of exhibition games of varying formats.
All students at the Upper School are welcome to tryout at the start of the spring term and it's not unusual for boys in Year 8 or Year 9 to earn a place on the development squad even if they haven't played competitively before.
Head Coach: Dr. Mark Baxter
Asst. Coach: Dr. Premek Hamr
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LATEST TEAM NEWS
Varsity Cricket retains CISAA trophy
SAC 46 for 8 (30 0vers) UCC 47 for 2 (11.5 overs) UCC won by 8-wickets Upper Canada College secured a convincing 8-wicket win at St. Andrew’s College, on May 27, to claim a shared CISAA Championship with Trinity College School and thus retain the trophy they have held for the past two seasons. Having lost the toss and been asked to field first, UCC produced a disciplined display of bowling and fielding to limit Read More
Varsity Cricket Defeats TCS
TCS 104 all out UCC 106 for 3 UCC won by 7 wickets In a high-quality game against some talented opponents, The Blues held their nerve to defeat TCS and draw level with their opponents at the top of the league table. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, UCC took a couple of early wickets but struggled to contain some aggressive batting from Mitchell Zilm and Hamish LePlastrier who took the score Read More
Varsity Cricket Claims First League Win
UCC 157 for 4 SAC 20 all out UCC won by 137 runs After the disappointing loss last week the Blues posted their first league victory in resounding style against St. Andrew’s College at home on May 16th. Batting first, UCC lost 2 early wickets but recovered well to progress to 43 for 2 before Faiz Khwaja (6) was dismissed. Lachlan Rigby, opening the batting for the first time, was then joined by Josh van Read More
Varsity Cricket Posts Big Exhibition Win
UCC won by 156 runs (UCC 201 for 5, SAC 45 all out) The Varsity Cricket team made a bold statement in their opening game, at home against St. Andrews College, with a comprehensive win. Batting first, with a modified batting order, UCC scored at a brisk rate despite losing a couple of early wickets. Debutant Tathagat Jaiswal made a breezy 34 from 33 balls, posting a lively stand of 52 with Matthew Jagdeo (17), Read More