For immediate release : Sept 16th , 2013

Niagara’s win over Burlington CC on Sunday to earn a shot at the Premiere Div. Championship

Niagara Cricket Club’s premiere teams posted a decisive win over Burlington City Cricket Club last Sunday at the Niagara Cricket Center.  Niagara won the knockout playoff game by 89 runs.

Burlington CC, winning the toss made a decision to field first. In reply, Niagara Premiere team opened their batting with Fiazan Siddiqui and Zia Sarwar. A combination of left and right hand batsman kept rotating strikes and put Burlington on the back foot with their solid opening partnership of 119…runs in the first 24 over. Zia was given out LBW and Tawab Ikram joined to move the run rate further but lost his wicket early. Batting quick over the in the middle, Ali Hafeez added 23 runs. Skipper Elyas Karim, playing a captains innings remained not out at the crease with his fast pace 33 when Niagara finally closed its inning with a respectable total of 234 at the 40th over.

Chasing a total of 234 and under pressure, Burlington lost their first wicked of Imran Aslam at the hands of Tawab Ikram in his very 1st over. Tawab, known for his fierce attack gave the early breakthrough taking 3 wickets of top order batmen and set the tone. Zeeshan Arshad bowled superbly form the opposite end and only gave away 24 runs to take 3 wickets in his spell.  Naveed Sehrai and Bilal Akhtar batted well for visitors scoring 45 and 33 respectively. However, Burlington lost wickets in frequently intervals and were all out for a grand total score of only 145 runs.

The championship game will be held at NCC – Niagara Cricket Center next Sunday Sept 22nd at noon.  NCC, known in closed circles as “The field of dreams” is now truly living its dream of  “If you built it ..they will come” as the Premiere League Championship game gets scheduled between Halton Cc and Niagara CC at the center locally here at NCC on Sunday Sep  22nd . Admissions are free with plenty of parking. For directions please visit