Division 3: Dolphins Vs Toronto Lead CC Preview

The Mississauga Dolphins look to get back in the win column against Toronto Lead Cricket Club this Saturday at Sunnybrook Park at 3pm. With the Dolphins coming off a loss, they look to regain momentum within the team and build off of small accomplishments throughout the game to come up with a win.

Toronto Lead CC coming off a win by 20 runs against the Mississauga Ramblers, they look to continue their momentum by staying undefeated in the regular season so far going 3-0 by picking up a win in this game. Keys to victory for The Toronto Lead CC will be to restrict the Dolphins batsmen and capitalize on the bad balls. They need to work around with the spinners, rotating the strike.

The Dolphins keys to victory are to score runs this game. So far in the season that hasn’t happened and this is the game where they can define their season, putting up a big score for the opposing team to chase. With Toronto Lead CC’s Sahil Mahendrakumar Patel coming off of a 79 run performance, Dolphins will need to restrict the top order including him to be successful in this game.

We wish the two sides the best of luck throughout this game.

Division 3: Battle of Mississauga

The Mississauga Dolphins Division 3 squad look to continue their success from week one as they wait for the Mississauga Ramblers CC to join them at Petro Canada Cricket Ground for a 9 am Victoria Day, Battle of Mississauga Game. With the Ramblers coming off of a 5 wicket Loss against the WolfPack CC in week one, they look to grow their momentum back in trying to win this game.

Still early in the season, Dolphins skipper Taha Usmani will be looking to experiment throughout this game using players in different situations, utilizing his juniors and seeing their potential throughout the game. Keys to victory for the Mississauga Dolphins is to take early wickets and apply pressure by having early dot balls and keeping the score low because of it. Dolphins need to utilize the Ramblers bowling attack well as spinner Syed Saifuddin looks to continue his success from week one picking up more wickets.

Players to look out for are Fayez Alaziz and Hamza Hameed off the bat and bowl as the duo look to continue scoring runs and picking up wickets.

We wish the two side the best of luck throughout the game.

Elite: Dolphins Vs. Yorkshire CC Preview

The Mississauga Dolphins Elite squad will look to open their season on a positive note against Yorkshire CC this Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Maple Leafs Cricket Grounds at 12:30pm. With success from last year winning the premier division and being promoted elite, this will be the Mississauga Dolphins debut in the Elite Division.

Captain Armaan Kapoor will look to continue the success from last year going into this season. With both teams looking to play their first game of the season both want to start the season off on the right steps by picking up a win.

Viren Patel, Dhanya Dave and Shahroz Shah will be making their debuts for Dolphins. Skipper Armaan Kapoor expects them to give their 100% in the game and throughout the season as they have been selected into the playing XI for a reason. Each individual has talent to offer to the club and we wish them the best of luck.

Coming into this season individual players had expectations and we hope they pan out through the season. Coming into this game a lot of players have expectations to fulfill and so some of the players to look out for are Armaan Kapoor, Dhruv Patel and Syed Abbas with the bat. They’ll be looking to score big runs for the club and apply pressure towards Yorkshire when they chase. Last years MVP left arm pacer Husnain Riaz will be someone to look at throughout this game while spinners Taha Ali and Araf Shahid will be a key factor for the Dolphins down the stretch in the game.

We wish both teams the best of luck in this contest.

Gamarachchi spins Dolphins to win

Sunday 17th July 2016. Alliance won the toss and elected to bat first. Filling in for Mazhar Jaffri, vatren allrounder Zubair Ali led the team for this game. Bilal Asif, who has slowly emerged as main line bowler in absence of senior pace attack. Bilal, striked thrice in his spell giving Dolphins ahead-start. ACC, who plays most of their game on Eglinton Flats, played smartly to tackle pacers to avoid further dent to innings. Zubair, sensd the build up and introduced spinners from both end. Isuru Gamarachchi, meant business as he ripped through Alliance middle order without giving much away. He was helped by leg spinner, Sabeeh Shah and off spinner Fawaz Al-Aziz. Trio, kept things simple and Alliance were wrapped up for 101.


Chasing is always dramatic at Eglinton Flats and this game was no different. Openers, Umair Ali and Hasib Habibullah, did well to see off the open bowlers. Pair, added 36 before Umair Ali, who played well for his 27 bowled out, trying to finish the game quickly. Hasib, fell shortly. Raheel Khan and Fayez Al-Aziz, saw Dolphins past 60 before pair were dismissed to create little chaos. Chaos, took over as Noman Salem and Zubair fell out for duck in same over. Bilal, came to rescue with brisk 26, hammering massive sixes to bring game to last 5 runs, where he fell trying to finish the game with one hit. Sabeeh and Mirza Imad Beg, scored last 7 runs to see Dolphins win by 3 wickets.


Premier: Dolphins got schooled

Sunday 17th July 2016. Dolphins lost yet another toss and were put into field by Toronto CC. Dolphins opening bowler Husnain Riaz, provided ideal start cleaning up top three batters of TCC. First change bowler Lakhbeer Singh, provided another wicket in 9th over to put Toronto 30 for 4 before 10 overs. TCC, 5th wicket partnership provided them a platform to comeback in game. 90 runs partnership take them past 120 mark before skipper of TCC, falling to brilliant piece of fielding from Vidura Ratnayke. TCC, middle order could not provide much to long standing Bhart N, but lower order help him and TCC hammered Dolphins attack, scoring 100 runs in last 11 overs to take the team to 249/10 in 49 overs. Notable stats from Dolphins were of Taj Pawar, who picked a 4for but leaked quite a few runs.

Chasing 249, would not be easy and TCC made sure it is not. Their pacers were all over the batting line up of Dolphins. Pace of TCC had Dolphins on back foot all innings long, with rear glimpse of hope coming from Vidura Ratnayke, who stood up to TCC pacers but he could only last for few overs. He scored 36. As the batting line up was sinking wicket keeper Daniyal Abrar, who had good day behind stumps, charged the spinners to take the team past 150 mark before Dolphins were all out for 152. Daniyal top scored with 47 as Dolphins premier lost their 5 straight game. This loss takes them to #6 in the point table and making it hard for them to make a return for playoffs spot.


T35: Dolphins lost high-scoring thriller

Sunday 17th July 2016. Desert storm won the toss and elected to bat first. Nauman zafar and Asad Ali opened the bowling spell for Dolphins and seemed troubling the batsmen from the start with their pace. A couple of decisions didn’t go Dolphins way. Both the pacers were bowling comprehensively which rewarded Nauman, his first wicket in his early overs. Soon the skipper Taha Usmani, brought himself in to action, bowled a wicket maiden. Dolphins seemed in charge after the fall of the second wicket. DSCC seemed to collapse until their batsmen started playing sensibly while conserving their wickets. Soon the pressure was on Dolphin’s bowlers as they were being hammered by the batsmen. Several dolly catches were dropped allowing the middle order to score runs at a very fast rate. A lot of boundaries were conceived since bowling was all over the place. Moiz Arshad and Susheel Khan, were brought in to attack to slow down the rate which they both were successfully able to achieve, although by then, the middle order had done severe damage. Moiz picket up a wicket while Susheel constricted the batsmen from scoring. Asad ali was brought back in to the attack and he bowled out the main batsmen who had already done the damage. Few good catches by Asad ali saved Dolphins some essential runs and helped Moiz, picking up his 3for. In the end of the inning, Desert Storm achieved a massive total of 325 runs in 35 overs. Due to delay in fielding, Dolphins were given only 33 overs to chase down the humongous total.

Dolphins planned on going for the jugular and started their innings with a mind set of chasing down the total. Shazray Haroon and Talhah Rehan, opened the innings for Dolphins. They tried their best to score at a fast rate yet saving the wickets until Shazray was stumped on 20. Susheel joined Talhah but was unfortunate to score any run as he was given lbw on a questionable call. Rishi Kakar, joined Talhah after loss of two quick wickets. He sensibly batted until Talhah got bowled out on 69. Then Mohib Khan, skipper Taha Usmani and Hassan Zeb-Khan went in to support Rishi, they contributed runs but were soon bowled out after scoring few boundaries. Rishi, was joined by Abdullah Amjad, who seemed in supreme touch. Rishi, was bowled out while charging down the ground, but Abdullah gave dolphins a hope of victory as he demolished the DSCC bowlers with his smashing shots all over the park, before he got out on quick 42 runs. Later the tailenders gave in their best but were unable to chase down a total of 325 runs. Dolphins managed to score 292/9 with in alloted 33 overs. Dolphins lost by 33 runs.


Div1-T20: Dolphins lost by 45 runs

Saturday July 16th 2016. Defending champions Mississauga Dolphins played their 5th game of T20 Division 1 season, against in-form Corporate Stars. CSCC, won the toss and elected to bat on jute matting as regular turf was out of shape for a game to take place. CSCC, openers belted ball all around the park before Dolphins pace attack could break the partnership at 68. With a quick wicket in next over, Dolphins looked to come back in the game but CSCC’s opener Zain M, had different ideas. He played glorious shots all around the park to take his team to a formidable total of 160 for 2 in alloted 20 overs. Only Fawaz Alaziz  and Fahad Rao from Dolphins were able to contain runs else score would have been over 200.
Chasing 161 off 120 balls. Dolphins did not get the ideal start as they lost their key batsman Taj Pawar, run out in first over of the innings. Zubair Ali, could not contribute runs either. Openers were back in dugout after just 7 runs on board. Hassan Zeb-Khan and Daniyal Abrar, restored the chase and fought hard to come back on required run rate. After the loss of Zeb-Khan at score of 69. Daniyal, lost his wicket soon after to put the chase back in jeopardy. Middle order full stroke players could not bring Dolphins home as wickets tumbled every over after the 10th. Dolphins were all out in 15th over and CSCC, won the game convincingly by 45 runs. Dolphins go second last in standings.

Div 3: Unbeaten streak ends

On Saturday July 16th, Mississauga Dolphins played their eighth division 3 game against Ajax Cricket Club. Dolphins were feeling very confident before the game as they were undefeated in the division so far. Captain Adeel Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat. Amit Thakur and Raheel Khan went to open the batting. The pair put on a stand of 30, before Amit got out lbw. Next three batsmen to follow got out in single figures, putting dolphins in a perilous position. Dolphins added another 30 runs for their fifth wicket before suffering another collapse, thus getting all out for just 92. The only solid contribution came from opener Raheel Khan who scored 43. Dolphins still felt confident that they would be able to defend the meager total.

Sabeeh Shah and Bilal Asif opened the bowling for Dolphins. The opening bowling pair troubled the batsmen for the first few overs. Bilal was the first bowler who opened his wickets column by uprooting the stumps of one of the batsmen, and soon after Sagar was able trap another plumb in front of the stumps. Unfortunately for Dolphins no other bowler was able to get a breakthrough and the Ajax batsmen made light work of the small total and won by eight wickets.



BuyNCell Cup: Drama Continues – Series Leveled


Friday 15th July 2016. Pacific skipper Daniyal won the toss and elected to bat first. Pacific played a star studded line up. Runs have been flowing during this series and this game was no different. Pacific openers gave a solid start of 46 in 5 overs before Ali Rashid handed his wicket to off spin of Taha Ali. Talhah Rehan was joined by Waheed Raza, pair added 30 before Talhah got out to Taha, as well. T20 skippers Umair Ghani joined Waheed and pair added 21 balls 50 before both the batters got out, trying to take the total close to 150. Ammar Khalid, Daniyal Abrar, chipped in with good solid knocks to take final score of first innings to 189 for 9 in 20 overs.

Chasing 190, Atlantic came out firing. Opener Armaan Kapoor, only dealt in boundaries, while on other end he kept losing wickets, till stand-in captain Sher Rehman Khan, joined him and stable the chase. Armaan, retired at 64 off 24 (as per tournament rule). Atlantic lost it course as wickets tumbled and 24 ball rule forced Sher, retire as well.  as Atlantic lost its 9th wickets. Retired pair return to chase down 72 off 30 balls. Armaan, started from where he left while Sher played the supporting role. With 32 required off 18 balls game was drifting away from Pacific’s hand. Skipper Daniyal used Ammar Khalid for 18th over, Ali Rashid for 19th and with 11 required of last 6. Umair Ghani was asked to save the game. He got hit for a boundary first ball and game looked over for Pacific. Atlantic pair, picked up a single and a dot and a double off next three deliveries, leaving behind 4, Sher picked another couple leaving two to win and one to tie the game. Ghani bowled a full ball which was played right back to him, Ghani held on to the ball and his nerves to run back and get Sher run out at non-striker end to win the by just ONE RUN. It was by far the closest of the closest game of BUYnCell Cup.


Top performers with the bat were Armaan Kapoor 100 not out. Sher Rehman Khan 43 not out. Umair Ghani 39 and Daniyal Abrar 31.  With ball, Taha Ali picked 3for for Atlantic while Ammar Khalid did the same for Pacific. Medium pacers, Adeel Ahmed and Umair Ali picked up 2 apiece.



4th straight loss – Struggle continues..

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Sunday 10th July 2016. Another day another home game, another toss lost. Dolphins were put into field. West Indians, lost their first wicket in 5th over and second in 12th but runs kept on coming as the first drinks break saw WICC 52 for 2 after 14 overs. After the drinks break, Dolphins bowlers applied more pressure and dried down the runs. WICC batters could not hold on to their patience for very long as they started to play risky shots to buy some runs. After 30 overs, WICC saw themselves slumping really quick as they were just 95 runs on the board with only 3 wickets in hand. Their 8th wicket partnership saw them going past 140 really quick before Dolphins could put break on run leak. WICC, from 95 for 7 ended scoring formidable 170 for 10. From Dolphins attack, all bowlers chipped in with skipper Adeel A and allrounder Waheed Raza picking 3 apiece.

Chasing 171 would never be easy against strong bowling attack of WICC. Dolphins batsmen looked to be in control of the innings but every time they looked to take away the momentum, WICC stuck back with wicket and kept run rate under control. Half way through the innings, Dolphins found themselves 92 for 5. After second break of the innings, Dolphins required 68 of 84 balls with 4 wickets in hand. WICC, bowled smartly to bring game to run a ball with 3 wickets in hand and from their-on; their fielding supported their bowling and WICC won the game by 25 runs with 21 balls to go. Amit Thakur was Dolphins top scorer with 29 runs.