… cart off Legends title at Toronto Cup 3By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Their opponents were the same. The city was different but the result remained the same. At June month-end, Toronto Blizzards defeated New York Hustlers by seven runs in a highly entertaining contest in the Legends Over-50 final, as part of the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) annual Independence Cup, played at the Canarsie ground, Brooklyn, New York.MVP Jaimini Singh collects his MVP award.Last Sunday, Toronto Blizzards were again victorious, thrashing their opponents by 37 runs at the University of Toronto ground when the third edition of Toronto Cup, organised by the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) climaxed here.Boasting a lineup consisting of several former Guyana national players and one who previously represented Canada (Desmond Chumney) at the ICC World Cup, Toronto Blizzards lived up to their pre-tournament bidding, once again playing unbeaten on their way to claiming the top prize.Led by a brilliant 76 from opener and former Guyana batsman Jaimini Singh, who creamed six fours and cleared the ropes on four occasions, Toronto Blizzards were paced to 160 for five in their allotted 20 overs after being asked to take first strike.The Essequibian-born Singh dominated an opening stand of 56 with his skipper Shivnauth Seeram (15) and added a further 52 for the fourth wicket with Mohan Harihar whose contribution was 16 (one four and a six). Lalchand Shivraj weighed in with 18 towards the backend of the innings, hitting a four and a six.The victorious Toronto Blizzards team members pose with their winnings.Rajpaul was the best bowler for the visitors, bagging two for 24 while there was one wicket each for Qayaam Farrouq, Cedric Beaton and Eustace Dodson for 25, 26 and 29 runs respectively.New York Hustlers’ lone resistance came from veteran Ken Sanichar whose 42 was decorated with four sixes as wickets tumbled around him.Shivraj returned to claim three for 17. Terry Mathura, who had the unique distinction of being part of three championship teams in 2018, was also among the wickets with two for 16 while the wily Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran claimed one for eight.Jaimini Singh was deservedly named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the final. He also took home the prize for scoring the most runs (196), Balkarran for the most wickets (eight) and also had the best bowling figures (three for six) in a match, copping prizes for both achievements. Singh was also the recipient of a gold chain, compliments of Gologistics and it was engraved by Trophy Stall.Toronto Blizzards winnings were US$3000, the highest among the three categories based on the number of teams who participated in the category. They also took home the Trophy Stall trophy while runners-up New York Hustlers received US$200 and the runners-up trophy. All the players collected medals.OMSCC president Azeem Khan, while praising all the teams for their participation in the three-day tournament, was delighted with the presence of Toronto’s deputy mayor Michael Thompson and councillor Jennifer McKelvie of Ward 25 – Scarborough Rouge who readily accepted the invitation from the league.Toronto Blizzards owe their formation to businessman Nasrudeen Baksh, an ardent enthusiast and supporter of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC).
Toronto Blizzards continue winning ways