While the sport of Cricket has been around for a while, it’s a sport that we ever hear about unless there’s a national title on the horizon.
Cricket was first brought to North America initially under British influence and played by Officers of the British Army.
Records of Cricket mention that it was played in Canada by the Royal Navy and the British army.
The British government established military garrisons in British North America in Halifax (1749) Quebec City (1759), and the City of Toronto that was eventually changed from the military garrison of Fort York.(1792).
The earliest record of a cricket match played in Canada, by civilians was a game played in 1785 at Ile-Ste-Helene, located outside Montreal
Cricket in Toronto can be traced to the Home District Grammar School, which was founded in 1807 and the first visit by a team, from another continent, for sports competition in Canada dates back to 1859.
This happened when an English team, made up primarily of professional players, played in Montreal, Hamilton and the US.
Cricket BC while many may not know it over 100 years old and was formed in 1914 by seven founding clubs and played on the scenic grounds of Stanley Park and is reported to be the second largest club in North America.
It’s interesting to note that in 2016 the BC Cricket Association league hosted over 100 teams and played over 1,100 games played in regular season play.
We are hearing that Cricket “down under” takes centre stage and Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry is the first cricketer either Male or Female to reach the milestone of scoring 1000 runs while taking 100 wickets in the T20 format.
Perry has had a stellar year, with three centuries, including one in the Women’s Ashes Test.
This year, she averages 73.50 from 12 ODIs, during which she has also taken 21 wickets, including a national record 7/22.
She was the first ever player to complete 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in T20 International (T20I) cricket.
Perry won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the second time in three years – the first as the inaugural winner in 2017 mentioned “It’s an amazing honour and I’m a little bit shocked, given how many amazing performances there have been across the year,” “It’s amazing to be acknowledged and I do truly appreciate it.
Upon being named ODI Player of the Year, Perry said: “It’s been nice to have a chance to tour so consistently with the Australian team as it’s been an amazing year and I’ve really enjoyed all of it and it’s just been nice to be a part of it.”
“It’s so exciting that the T20 World Cup is here at home early next year, and with the target of the final at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), it could be a really special moment in the game’s history.”
The wicketkeeper-batter reached her half-century off 25 balls and her maide hundred off just 46, for the fastest century ever by an Australian man or woman.
Both Perry and Healy have also been named in the ICC women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year, alongside fellow Australian and national team captain Meg Lanning, who has been named as skipper of both the 50-over and 20-over sides.
The ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year also includes Australia’s Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt, England’s Tamsin Beaumont, India’s Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav, and the West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.
Completing the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year are Schutt, England’s Danielle Wyatt, Mandhana and fellow Indians Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav, Pakistan’s Nida Dar, and South Africa’s Lizelle Lee and Shabnim Ismail.
Thailand bowler Chanida Sutthiruang (26) was named ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year and the right-arm seamer has enjoyed much success with the national side.
She managed to set a new world record of 17 consecutive T20I wins and took victory in a quadrangular series featuring Ireland, The Netherlands and Scotland.
She also finished top of their group at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland earlier this year.
Next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, in Australia from February 21 to March 8, will see Thailand compete at their first-ever World Cup – in women’s or men’s cricket, T20I or 50-over.
“On behalf of the ICC, I would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Ellyse, Alyssa and Chanida on their well-deserved individual accolades, as well as the other players who have made teams of the year,” Manu Sawhney, chief executive of the ICC, said.
“I’d like to pay particular tribute to Ellyse on winning both the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint trophy and the ODI Cricketer of the Year.
“She has achieved so much over the last 12 months, and becoming the first cricketer in history to complete the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in T20 international cricket is an exceptional achievement.
“Chanida’s emerging player award recognises the huge achievement of Thailand in qualifying for their first-ever ICC global event and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her and her team mates at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
“The form of all of the players recognized in the ICC Awards 2019 makes next year’s event such an exciting prospect, as the world’s best cricketers go head-to-head for a global title.
“Fans around the world are certainly in for a treat.”