Raheel’s ton sets up big win

Dolphins bagged the home game comprehensively by outclassing Indo-Pak. The home team put up a mammoth total of 230 on the board at the end of their allotted 40 overs courtesy a brilliant hundred of Raheel Khan who smack the ball all over the park with class and elegance setting up the tone for the games ahead. Raheel and Fayaz set the solid foundation for the Dolphin’s inning with an opening partnership of 78/18 overs. The show is took over by Amit with his sneaky knock of 50+ featuring some text book shots – a treat to watch.

Raheel slams 100

Dolphin’s pace battery lead by Syed Abdullah Abbas and Umair Ali intimidated the opponent with their line and length and gave hardly anything away. If its not for the wide balls, Indo-Pak hasn’t had much for scoreboard to offer. Ridey’s a high up in the air and a blinder at the short third man gave Dolphins early breakthroughs via Umair’s targeted short length and swinging deliveries. Ridey’s tight bowling at first change further add to the miseries of batsmen followed by Spinners who tighten the proceedings with some nice mix of flighted and tempting off and leg cutters. Mazhar Jaffri and Sajid Muhammad claim 3 and 2 wickets respectively while Sabeeh Ul Haq at times unplayable for the batsmen remained unlucky. Sajid's TDCA debutIndo-Pak dugout remained in pin-drop silent until Mazhar throw the Ball towards Shazray Haroon with a victory in sight. Indo-Pak cherishes their shortly lived moments in the match thru an aggressive batting of a tail ender before Shazray Haroon cleaned him up in the same over. At the end, it was an easy win for Dolphin with an excellent display of batting, bowling and fielding in general though controlling wides and some extra effort in the ground fielding and catching still remained the areas to improve.

Special thanks to Huzaifa Shahid and Moiz Arshad for ensuring their availability on a short notice and Congratulations to Sajid Muhammad for his TDCA debut, he doesn’t get much to bat but made his first appearance noticeable with his off spins and a diving catch at short third man.

 

Skyzone Trampoline Park - Mississauga

 

BuyNCell Cup 2016

Mississaua Dolphins Inter-Club tournament has a new partner. BuyNCell. A cellphone sales and repair gaint in GTA area. BuyNCell, has six stores in GTA and will be opening more locations soon!

Inter-Club tournament is being played on bi-weekly bases on Fridays. First game of season is today at Wildwood Park Malton.

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Paceman Saad Ahmed, is leading Atlantic Dolphins, Wicket Keeper/Batsman Daniyal Abrar is leading Pacific Dolphins tonight.

Daniyal Abrar - Captain of Pacific Dolphins
Captain of Pacific Dolphins
Saad Ahmed - Captain of Atlantic Dolphins
Captain of Atlantic Dolphins

 

Spin & Sajid wins it for Dolphins

Remax - Ranjit Nijjar
Losing the toss Mississauga Dolphins were put in to field on an overcast and windy afternoon. Opening pacers kept the opposition in check by keeping a tight line, resulting in a run out to break the opening stand.
Wickets tumbled at regular intervals from then on courtesy left arm spinner Ali Rashid and off break bowler Fawaz Alaziz, with the latter getting two in two, including the prize wicket of the Titians’ main batsman. Skipper Umar Ghani and medium pacer Abdullah Amjad also chipped in with couple wickets each to end the Titans innings at 89-all out.
Top order batsmen Ammar Khalid and Ali Rashid scored quick 20 odd runs each with support from Rishi Kakar. However it was Sajid who stole the show by taking the team across the line with the help of the skipper Umair Ghani. Sajid’s innings consisted of 3 fours and a massive six towards the straight boundary. This win was the second of the day for Dolphins and ended proceedings on the opening weekend of Dolphins 2016 season.
Fawaz AlAziz 2for.
Ali Rashid 2for.
Umair Ghani 2for.
Sajid Mehmood 28*

Armaan slams 100 chasing 165 in 17

Established in 1996, The Health First Group serves Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Toronto, and the surrounding areas.
First game of the season, played against Mississauga Lions in harsh weather conditions. Mississauga lions won the toss and elected to bat. Dolphins bowlers could not adjust the weather, bad fielding did not help them either. First wicket of the day did not come until 12th over. Due to multiple weather delays, game was cut short to 17 overs per innings. Mississauga Lions were able to hit 164 in 17 overs for loss of 2 wickets.
Chasing 9.7 per over, Armaan Kapoor opened with Umair Ali. Armaan, showed his intent from ball one by cutting a high full-toss over point for one bounce four. He managed to score 9 from first over. Umair Ali, could not last long and was gone in second over a duck. Raheel Khan, joined Armaan and played a sensible knock while Armaan, trashed the bowlers all around the park. Raheel scored run a ball 28 getting out LBW, his partnership with Armaan was off 92 runs. T20 specialist Ammar Khalid, then joined Armaan and continued the chase. While Armaan was dealing in boundaries, Ammar rotated strike. Once Armaan reached his 100, Ammar then wasted no time and finished the game with a quick fire 34 in platinum over. Dolphins scored 22 boundaries. 6 fours and 16 sixes. Armaan scored 3 4s and 12 6s. He batted for 52 balls. 
Umair Ali 0
Armaan Kapoor 110*
Raheel Khan 28
Ammar Khalid 34*

Jersey #3

Zubair Ali, Vice President of Mississauga Dolphins board. He also, happens to be the first player to score 50 for the club and also first one to claim hattrick. Under Zubair’s furious spells, Mississauga Dolphins have won quiet a few games. Here is Zubair, talking to us about his time with the club on and off the field, including time when he was dropped out of the team.
How did you get into Cricket?

ZA: Started playing early in Pakistan with a plastic ball and then upgraded to a tennis ball. Cricket runs in the family and I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone played only cricket nothing else.  After coming to Canada I only played causal tape ball here and there until MY good friend Haroon introduced me to hard ball. Started playing under-19 in 2006 and it’s been 10 good years already.

How hard was it to find a Cricket Club in Canada, initially when you came to Canada?

ZA: Finding a club was not hard for as I didn’t have to look for one, club was already chosen by Haroon and I joined him in Centurions.  It was my first year with hard ball so club wasn’t the issue it was more of how different it will be comparing to a tape ball.

You played for various clubs in past but right now you are with Mississauga Dolphins for last 6 seasons, what made you stick around this long?

ZA: Mississauga Dolphins is like a family and hence the reason for my sticking around for the last 6 years. I have made some good friends in this club and have played very competitive cricket. I have improved my game in this club and have helped quite a few people with their game.

Share couple of special Mississauga Dolphins moments with our readers.

ZA: The first one will have to be my first 100 with dolphins. I really enjoyed batting that day and everything was coming on the bat. I believe it was the 2nd highest total by an individual. 158 Runs.

T20 final against Sheridan is also one my favorite game.  It’s special because we finally took won this title after so many years.  We won the game comprehensively and long term history was finally changed against the 2 clubs.

You were not initially made captain for 4 seasons, but in 5th season you were given leadership role for TDCA 50 overs. How was your experience before, you were left out?

ZA: I actually didn’t mind not captaining any of the teams in the past years.  I come in to enjoy the game I love and also enjoy the company of my teammates. Captaincy is tough task I think; it requires a lot of patience and also mental toughness. In my opinion I am a bit aggressive when it comes to captaining a side which at times doesn’t work and can haunt you. I believe I enjoy the game more as a regular player in the team.

Being senior most member of the club, you were asked to sit out. How hard was it for you and what message youngsters should take from it?

ZA: There is nothing wrong in sitting out, if your game is not up the PAR don’t expect getting selected for games. I was going through some personal off field issues which impacted my game and I believe I needed a bit of break.  Youngsters should know selection is strictly based on performance and attitude. Team sport requires team work. Bragging and over confident is not the way to go in cricket because every day is not a Monday. There will be a rough patch no matter how good someone is. You have to be humble in victory and also in defeat.

What are your goals for upcoming season? Any particular individual you are looking forward to blossom this year?

ZA: Goals are to pick up wickets, score runs and win games and eventually win championships. Plain and simple, it’s not rocket science.  We all have to work together to achieve these goals and supporting each other is very important. I won’t pick one individual as I believe everyone all youngsters need to step up their game and be part of playing 11 on regular basics. I hate seeing them carrying drinks and scoring in every game (not that there s anything wrong with it but it cannot be consistent). I think youngsters lack a bit of confidence, we just have to boost them up and they will be ready to roar.

When is your protege, Zayaan Zubair Ali, starting cricket?

ZA: (chuckles), well he did help me knock my bat this season so he watched a few world cup games with me this year so I think interest is there. He’s still quite young, once he gets a little older I will spend more time on him and we will see how he handles it. He will definitely be playing Dolphins. That’s for sure.

Zubair Ali, opening Meet and Greet Ceremony 2016

 

Meet & Greet 2016

Mississauga Dolphins hosted their first ever “Meet ‘n Greet” on April 29th, 2016. The young Mississauga club, starting its 6th season in a few weeks, held their sponsor ‘meet and greet’ and jersey launch at the Mississauga Valley Community Center. The club enjoyed the presence of friends and family along with a few big names in the local community, with the attendance touching 130 plus guests. Senior members of the club, namely Haroon Siddiqui and Zubair Ali, the co-vice presidents of the club started with the opening speech and Daniyal Abrar, MC for the night, introduced the sponsors and engaged the audience.

T20 & 40 overs players were present at the event in large numbers.
Before the main event began, the most anticipated part of the event took place, dinner. The dinner menu was quite different from a typical menu often encountered at most South Asian events; Hakka Chinese. Friends, family and members of the community engaged in chatter while enjoying their dinner.
After dessert was served, the sponsors were asked for a respective representative to come up on the stage and introduce themselves and share some background information with the guests. The sponsors included; The Health First Group, ReMax Realtor Ranjit Nijjar, Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park, Max Mortgages, and Dominos Pizza for Region of Halton and Malton. After the sponsors gave their speeches. Aryan Hussain, a community activist and board member of United Canadian Pakistani Volunteers (UCPV) had a few words to say regarding volunteering in the local community and upcoming event on May 13th.

Community activists also attended the event and appreciated the turn around.
Kids had an amazing time
Later what followed was the most entertaining part of the event, Mississauga Dolphins’s very own mascot, a dolphin by the name of ‘Yorkie’. The idea of a cricket club having their very own mascot is most likely one of the first ever in the North American cricket community. The name Yorkie comes from the cricketing term for bowling a ‘yorker’, also relating to the high number of fast bowlers in the club. This was a huge hit with the kids; the mascot engaged with high-fives and handed out candy to the kids.

Yorkie, stole the show!
Allrounder, Fahad Rao with his daughters after receiving his 2016 jersey.
Eventually as the event was coming to an end, the final part began; the jersey launch. The new Mississauga Dolphins 2016 season jersey was revealed and the players were called up in alphabetical order to receive their jerseys respectively. The 2016 jersey was mostly of green color with bits of black and grey. The grey in green allegedly represents the diversity and fair share in the club. The jersey has the player names and number in a single line rather than the traditional name over number format, hence giving the jersey a very unique look. Before the event was concluded individual portrait photo shoots took place followed by a group photo of the club members. By 10 pm a successful “Meet ‘n Greet” event wrapped up.

It was not easy to arrange an event on a working day. Few players missing but majority can be seen donning the new jersey.