After completing a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the division semi-final against defending champions Centurions Cricket Club, the Mississauga Ramblers thwarted Brampton Masters for an eventual 25-run win in the Toronto & District Cricket Association’s Under-17 final on Sunday.
Batting first under sunny skies on a late-summer afternoon at Sunnybrook Park, the Ramblers dug themselves an early hole after losing the wickets of the team’s most prolific run-getter Kurt Ramdath and captain Neil Ramdath. Kevin Singh joined wicket-keeper Hamza Khan to consolidate the innings, with both batsmen putting together crucial knocks of 21 and 25 respectively. Harsh Kaul provided late fireworks with some punishing blows, scoring at a strike rate in excess of 200 for his 21. Karan Patel hammered a mammoth six off the penultimate ball of the innings to propel the team tally to 101.
Needing to overcome the psychological disadvantage of conceding a three-figure total, Brampton batsmen stormed out of the gate, looting quick runs from the first two overs of Ramblers bowling. Abhay Vashi then stymied the chase with a customary spell of accurate medium-pacers, setting up the stage for Sandeep Layam’s heroics, who claimed 4 Masters wickets for only 5 runs off his 4 overs. With 42 runs required off the last 2 overs for the Brampton tailenders, the finish was merely a formality for the Mississauga boys, as they managed to bowl out the opposition for 76.
The 2013 triumph erases a four-year drought for the Under-17 program, which became the senior-most junior representative of the Mississauga Ramblers this season after a decision was made not to field an Under-19 team. The championship is a deserving accolade for the Club’s new Junior Cricket Coordinator, Mr. Indar Ramdath, and his group of spirited youngsters who shone through adversity and tough matchups to bring home the junior title.