St. Edmunds and Connecticut Blizzards Score Big Upsets At The Niagara Cricket Festival
The Niagara Cricket Festival main draw full of international players from Canada and overseas competing in Niagara Cricket Festival-2014 started Thursday at John N. Allan Park (JAP) and Niagara Cricket Center (NCC). 8 Teams and $30,000 Prize money at stake makes it’s the largest Cricket event held ever in the Canadian history. The Niagara Cricket Center, the festival main venue built on a parcel of 16 acres land, is also the largest single cricket ground in the country.
The overcast day and cool conditions proved to play a factor as there was a series of surprise victories. In Group A Toronto’s St. Edmunds Cricket Club, the winner of last weekend’s qualifying event, defeated Smart Choice Cricket Club. Smart Choice Cricket Club was the 2013 US Open Champion and has a team comprised of several top players from Southeast Asia combined with a few players that represent the Canadian national team who have joined them for this tournament. Group B also caught the upset bug as the Connecticut Blizzards beat the US All-Stars in a stirring affair that came down to the very last over/inning. Both the US All-Stars and Smart Choice, the two favourites coming into the event, will need to win each of their remaining matches in group play to advance to the elimination round. Somerset Cricket Club and the North Stars were the other winners of the day.
Full results, information, quotes from players and media will be posted throughout the weekend at www.niagaracricketfestival.com
|Game||Group||Team 1||Team 2||Ground||Date||Time||Winner/Result|
|#1||Group A||Somerset CC||Midwest CC||JAP||Aug 14||10:30am||Somerset CC|
|#2||Group B||Indian Cricket Academy||North Stars||NCC||Aug 14||10:30am||North Stars|
|#3||Group A||Smart Choice||St. Edmunds||JAP||Aug 14||2:30pm||St. Edmunds|
|#4||Group B||US All-Stars||Connecticut Blizzards||NCC||Aug 14||2:30pm||Connecticut Blizzards|