Disciplined Tigers win by 4 wickets

10th July 2016. Dolphins T35 Squad went up against an undefeated Brampton Tigers team on Sunday. Dolphins winning 3 in a row were looking for yet another win. Captain Taha Usmani won the toss and decided to have a bat first to put pressure on opposition. Unfortunately, openers did not last the very first over. Pressure was piling up as the captain walked in to bat. Looking to get a move on the scoreboard, he decided to be aggressive and put the two seam bowlers from Tigers under pressure. After hitting 3 fours in an over, Taha was looking in great touch but got caught in the next over after playing an untimely shot. Dolphins were 25-4 when veteran Ubair Fasihi and experienced Abdullah Amjad entered the crease. The pair looked in great touch, hitting the bad balls for boundaries and taking cheeky singles. They added a total of 105 runs between them and Ubair scored his first 50 of the season. After Abdullah fell, Dolphins lower order was not able to stay on for long because of their immature nature of trying to hit the ball for boundary even when they had overs left to play. Dolphins finished their innings at 156 A/O in 29 overs. Dolphins had defended lower totals in their previous games so they were ready to take on this task as well.

Pace bowler Nauman Zafar bowled an exceptional first spell along with Umair Ali to have the Brampton Tigers struggling at 40-4. Trying to give Nauman a rest, it was decided to bring on the spinners to try and pick up wickets while keeping the run rate low. The spinners were able to ball 5 good deliveries each over but would be punished by one bad ball. After an unsuccessful spell by the spinners, batting side regained some momentum and had added 40 runs in just 8 overs. Dolphins medium pacers bowled the wrong line and gave too many runs on the leg side. Nauman was brought back in to the attack to pick up a well needed wicket, but unfortunately he was hammered by the slogging batsman of Tigers for over 20 runs in an over. Only few runs remained for the Tigers and Dolphins looked very flustered, though Habib-ullah picked up a wicket, Tigers were easily able to chase down the last 20 runs that were remaining. They finished 157 in 25 overs. This loss for Dolphins side is a big wake up call for all the players. Captain Taha hopes to get back in to a winning streak and all players look forward to the next game.

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Rain Washed-Out Sportsman Spirit

Saturday, July 9th 2016. Blistering sunlight was teasing Mississauga BISONS as they walk off the field in face of a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mississauga Dolphins. If its not for the rain, an embarrassing result was on the card for the desperate BISONS who were reduced to 61/9 after 13.2 Overs before Mother Nature interfere in the proceedings at Malton Cricket Ground. Umpires awarded the game to Dolphins when BISONS decided to walk off the competition using wet out filed and damp bowler landing area as an excuse. Whereas both areas were adequately covered and reworked with sand and mud after around 45 minutes of light and heavy shower to get them back in shape.

 

Both Umpires adjudged the wicket and outfield as more than adequate to resume the play, however BISONS’s Captain chooses the path to shame and refused to defend the revised target of 28 runs in 6 overs as per rules to make up for the lost time. Winning toss remained the only thing for the BASINS to cheer about for the day as shortly after electing to bat first their wickets start falling around like autumn leaves. Dolphins bowlers lead by Captain Bilal Asif and Waheed Raza got thru the top and middle order without giving much away. Both claimed 3 wickets each in their 4 overs spells. This strong show of seasoned with the ball is backed by Amjad, Moiz and Sajid who further tighten the screws and ensured a complete collapse of BISONS’s batting line up. This 10 wicket win comes to Dolphin with a bitter taste of mouth courtesy BISON’s lack of sports man spirit that spoiled the gentlemen game on a nice day mix of sun and cloud.

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Husnain Riaz’s hattrick ruined

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Sunday July 3rd 2016. Mississauga Dolphins’ premier team faced Ahmadiyya Cricket Club on a warm but pleasant Sunday afternoon. Ahmadiyya won the toss and elected to bat first. Both openers for Ahmadiyya came in with the mindset to attack and after a few close calls both openers were able to find the boundary at regular intervals. After getting 37 runs on the board in around four overs, Husnain Riaz managed to find the edge of one of the batsmen, the bowler followed this by catching the next two batsmen plumb in front of the stumps in consecutive deliveries and therefore claiming his first hattrick for Mississauga Dolphins. Even after losing three quick wickets Ahmadiyya were not deterred and continued with the attacking intent. Ahmadiyya managed to build a good partnership, before Lakhbeer Singh uproot the stumps of the remaining opener. From there onwards dolphins’ spinners and death bowlers, Fayez Alaziz, Taj Pawar and Mazhar Jaffri picked up wickets at regular intervals and after some resistance from the number ten batsmen, wrapped up the innings for 206.

Chasing a target of 207 Dolphins lost both their openers at the start of their chase. The batsmen that followed started to build partnerships but lost their wickets as soon as they started to look comfortable. Dolphins were 116/7 before captain Adeel Ahmed and Mazhar jaffri looked to take the game away from Ahmadiyya. After the fall of the captain’s wicket, Mazhar tried to work with the tail to chase down the target. Unfortunately for Dolphins, Ahmadiyya managed to take out the tail and Mazhar, who could have possibly finished the game off single handedly was left stranded unbeaten on 29. Dolphins lost their third premier game in a row by 20 runs.

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U Ghani losses his winning streak

Sunday July 3rd. Titans CC won the toss and elected to bat first. Dolphins started off well getting 2 quick wickets for only 35 runs, but Ammar Hakim of Titans came in at 3 and kept the runs flowing. Spinners Waheed Raza and Ali Rashid, got wickets at regular intervals and dried the runs up with Ali bowling 2 maidens. With the score at 120 in 17 overs, Dolphins couldnt finish off strong going for 40 runs. Titans finished with 162 at the end of their 20 overs.

Dolphins batting never really got going with the openers only adding 9 runs between them. Waheed looked solid with a boundary off his first ball but could not stay at the crease for long. The middle order, consisting of power hitters, collapsed with the exception of Ali Hassan getting 62 runs, standing out in the scorecard. Dolphins never looked to be control of the chase. Titans could not bowl Dolphins out but won the game comprehensively by 42 runs. This was skipper Umair Ghani’s first loss in 2 seasons. Losing the winning streak of 17 games.

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7th straight win for Div3

Saturday 2nd July. Solar CC won the toss and elected to bat first. What seemed a good decision for the away team as Dolphins have only batted second once before this game. Solar CC, innings could not take off as they would have liked. A bad call in favor of Dolphins saw an early collapse of SCC. Their batters could not handle the consistant pace and swing Dolphins pacers were generating. Nauman Zafar, was the best of three pacers used by skipper Mazhar Jaffri. Nauman and co. had them 55 for 5 before spin was introduced. Solar batters tried to pick as many runs they could but spinners continued the job started by pacers. Only meaningful partnership came from wicket #9. With help of 42 runs off 9th wicket, Solar CC was able to put 130 on board before getting all out in 36.2 overs.

Dolphins sent in Sagar Chatha and Syed Arfan to see of the new ball score and brisk pace. Chatha’s poor form continued as he fell off for 9. Arfan was then joined by Raheel Khan. Pair added 23 runs before Arfan was caught at mid on, leaving Dolphins 51/2. Skipper Mazhar and Raheel batted well another 23 partnership before Mazhar, got out just before the drinks and Raheel, right after the break. With Dolphins require 56 to win. Amit Thakur was joined by Ali Hassan. Pair picked up singles and twos to keep the chase alive. They made sure no more batter has to come to complete the chase. Amit scored 21 off 32 and Ali scored 23 off 35, partnership of 56 saw Dolphins winning the game by 6 wickets and 16.3 overs left in play. Win takes Dolphins almost at the brink of playoffs spot.

Top performer of the day was Nauman Zafar, for his brilliant bowling and fielding.

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Canada Day Victory 2 off 2

July 1st 2016. Skipper Taha Usmani, won the toss and elected to bat first. Dolphins openers Azan Butt and Kashif Hussain, fell cheaply. Fayez Al-Aziz and skipper tried to consolidate early loses. Usmani looked settled but gave away a good start, sending Dolphins 31-3.  Waheed Raza couldn’t hold on for long either. Inform Amit Thakur and Fayez looked to get thing back on track with timely partnership. Pair picked up ones and twos with rare boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking. Pair added 57 runs before Fayez fell prey to off spinner. Lower middle and tail didn’t last long as Dolphins collapsed for 124 in 30th over.

Defending 125 off 210 balls. Dolphins pacers came all cylinders blazing. T20 skippers Bilal Asif started the wicket fall which was very well supported by left arm pace of Saad Ahmed. Duo picked 5 wickets for 33 runs. With some solid fielding and aggressive field set up, Dolphins looked to be back in the game. Usmani, made smart bowling changes and kept the run rate below 3 runs per over. With UKWCC looking to settle down after quick fall of 5 wickets. Skipper went for kill and introduced off spin of Waheed Raza from one end and leg spin of Sabeeh ul Haq from other. Pair picked 5  wickets for 19 runs. Dolphins won the game by 29 runs. Once again Bilal Asif, showed why he’s called game closer; held on to the game changing catch on square leg boundary.

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CANADA DAY VICTORY 1 off 2

Dolphins led by Adeel Ahmed were put to bat on an overcast day. With the ball swinging both ways with overcast condition Zubair Ali and Taha Ali, opened the bat and provided a stable and cautious start with a partnership of 34 odd runs. Zubair Ali 19-(18) was first to depart on a pacey yorker from Parris. Rishi Kakar supported Taha for a while but couldn’t give much resistant and was caught behind for 4 runs. Taha on the other hand fell prey to a slippery delivery and was bowled out after a controlled 36(27). The new pair Sher Khan and Sajid Muhammad, took the daunting task to put a formidable total on board. Sajid, without troubling the scorers was given LBW, playing cross the line on a straight delivery. Inform wicket keeper Ali Hassan joined Sher and the pair looked to consolidate. With Slow rate, due to the fall of wickets and on/off rain delays, the pair managed to score some boundaries at the end of the inning to put a decent score of 151 on board with Sher 40(32) and Ali 27(29).

Dolphins managed 151 without scoring a single six which shows the harsh bowling condition and it was not getting any easier for the 2 innings with clouds still hovering over Malton. Dolphins started with the Spin attack of Taha (1-23 in 3 overs) and Adeel (2 -16 in 3 overs) with his deceiving medium pace took care of the opening pair of Knights CC. With DL method in mind Knights CC were going on a decent RR, but the all-out spin attack of Faizan Al-Aziz (1 for 32 in 3 overs )and Moiz (2 for 8 in 3 overs ) gave Mississauga a commanding position. Knights CC never looked in control with wickets falling on regular intervals. Sajjid (2 for 7 in 2.2) continued his good form with the ball to finish off Knights CC.

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VP too strong for struggling Dolphins

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June 26th 2016. Mississauga Dolphins vs Victoria Park CC After their first loss of the season, Dolphins were looking to get back to winning again. On a hot, sunny, and humid day Victoria Park won the toss and elected to bat first. Dolphins started their bowling with the regular pace bowlers Lakhbeer Singh and Ridey Palia, though they leaked a few runs, we got our first breakthrough in the 4th over. After that breakthrough, our opponents completely outplayed us by taking quick singles and doubles. They changed the momentum of the game through patience. Dolphins fielders looked completely drained out of energy after 15 overs and never got any energy back throughout our opponent’s innings. Dolphin’s spinners were also unsuccessful in stopping the runs from flowing. Captain tried to use different combination of bowlers including Vidura Ratnayke and Husnain Riaz, but yet again the bowlers were not able to stop the opponents from stealing singles and scoring odd boundaries. Opponents took at least 50 singles inside the 30-yard circle which depleted any remaining momentum from the fielders. Dolphins did breakthrough in the last 10 overs through Taj Pawar and Ridey, which stopped Victoria Park from scoring 300+. They finished 260/10 in 50 overs.

After a disappointing bowling effort, Dolphin’s bad day continued as we lost both our openers on the very first two balls of our innings. Ubair Fasihi and Vidura then settled the innings for about 5-6 overs but lost Ubair just as we were starting to tick the score. Dolphins Mr. Consistent Amit Thakur then walked to the crease and with his sensible play was able to find gaps for singles as well as boundaries. Again, as we looked to get back on track to rebuild the innings, we lost Vidura as he lost focus and tried to go for big shots. Dolphins were 50-4 when Taj Pawar walked in to help Amit steady the innings. Both batsmen were looking in fine touch, picking out singles against the spinners almost every ball and hitting the bad ones to the boundary. Dolphins needed 100 runs off 12 overs. As the time came to hit 10+ plus runs each over, we lost the well settled in Amit who scored 83. After losing their 5th wicket Dolphins kept on losing their rest of the wickets at regular intervals and no batsman was able to stay with Taj Pawar to steer us to victory. In the end, Amit and Taj put in a valiant effort but that was not enough for Dolphins to get the victory they badly wanted. Dolphins suffered their second defeat of the season at the premier level and now look forward to regaining their form in the upcoming games.

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Dolphins win another one sided T20

Mississauga Dolphins faced Mississauga lions on Saturday June 25th.. Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. Lions got off to a good start due to some staggered line bowled by Dolphins opening bowlers. Things got in control when Zubair Ali finally opened up his wicket column for 2016. Rest of the bowlers chipped in after with some good bowling. Ali Rashid, Skipper Umair Ghani and young Faizan Al-aziz bowled exceptionally well to restrict the Lions to 140 in there allocated 20 overs.
Mississauga Dolphins started the batting with some solid hitting. Thanks to Umair Ghani and Mohib Khan . They made sure ball traveled around the park. Ghani scored a brisk fifty, while opening partnership ended at 104 when Mohib lost his cool and gifted away his wicket. Inform Sher Khan joined skipper Ghani and took chase to its last 10 runs where Ghani was adjourned caught behind. Asad Jawed finished off the dolphins innings with some glorious on drives. Ghani scored 71 off 45 balls, smashing 8 fours and 4 sixes.

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BuyNCell Cup: Pacific Strike Back

PACIFIC STRIKE BACK WITH A MASSIVE WIN TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT TO 2-1.

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No one could have imagined for Pacific XI to pull out an ecstatic 70 runs win after being reduced in 10 overs to 96/7 against Atlantic XI in Inter-Squad challenge. It was 9th wicket partnership between Bilal Asif and Sajid Muhammad that took the game away from Atlantic who otherwise remained in full control of the proceedings right from the word go. Earlier on a warm sunny day Pacific Captain Daniyal Abrar won the toss and without a grain of hesitation in his mind elected to bat first in a pressure game after being 2-0 down in the series. Atlantic Captain Saad Ahmad started the business right from where he left in the last game by dismissing in-form Inder on the very first ball courtesy a blinder behind the stumps by Hassan – too good for a part time keeper. Beside Lakhbeer Singh and Mohib Khan there was no real challenge for Atlantic bowlers to go through Pacific top and middle order. Lakhbeer scored 18 balls 33 with 7 commanding boundaries whereas Mohib equally instrumental scored 30 odd on first allotted 24 balls as per game rules. After 12.3 Overs, Pacific 122/8 and Mohib walking off the ground, all set for Atlantic to bundle Pacific within targeted 140. However Bilal at the crease and walked in Sajid have different ideas. Bilal full swinging arms yield flurry of runs after going thru a drama in the middle when his stump appeal turned down by leg umpire. On the other end Sajid’s straight drive of Saad’s shooter at the stump followed by a steer over point hinted towards Pacific intentions to bounce back and post a challenging total. Around 60 runs partnership in quick succession packed with fearless display of batting from both end took Pacific to a competitive total of 201 after 20 Overs.

In hunt of rather a demoralizing total, Atlantic assault led by Sagar Singh Chatha came very hard on Pacific pace attack. Chatha posted quick 39 of 24 balls with the help of 6 boundaries and a majestic six setting up a perfect ground for Atlantic to chase down the total. However Pacific captain decision of spin to win paid off – Ali’s off spin, Inder’s leg spin and Ghani’s floater never let opponent batsmen to settle and score freely.
Ali though little expensive but claimed three valuable wickets of dangerous Khanzada brothers and relentless Chatha. Pacific manages to bowled out Atlantic at 131 within 15 overs to secure first win in the series with a morale boosting margin for the next game.