March 25th, 2013 – Brampton, ON – The Georgian College Extramural Indoor Cricket Team had their final tournament of the season competing at the highest level at the 2013 Challenge Cup which took place Monday at the Sheridan College Davis Campus in Brampton.
The Challenge Cup brings together the top Ontario College Campus Recreation teams to compete for the championship. This year’s championship tournament was a first for indoor cricket, a fast growing game across Ontario.
Georgian found some strong competition in their first match against the University of Toronto Mississauga team but were able to pull out the win 41-40 with four balls remaining.
The momentum from the first game carried into their semi-final match for Georgian as they faced Centennial College. After Centennial put up 26 runs, Georgian took over and were able to come up with a 27-26 victory with 10 balls to spare which set up a finals match against their rivals from Sheridan College.
The top two seeds coming into the tournament, this was the match both teams looked forward to the most. Sheridan had given Georgian their toughest challenge over the past number of seasons, but this time it was the college to the north that would come out on top.
Sheridan set the bar high by putting up 48 runs, but Georgian was up to the task, chipping away and putting runs on the board.
After putting up 22 runs after two overs, Georgian needed to keep it going. They were able to pull closer and trail by just four after four overs, leaving them needing four runs off five balls to win the championship.
With the match on the line, Georgian came through when it mattered most scoring four runs on their second to last ball to take the match and the Challenge Cup with a 51-48 victory.
For Georgian Team Captain Abdallah Muhammad the win was extra special.
“After five years of coming up short, finally beating Sheridan is a great feeling,” said the player of the game. “We had such a good group of guys who spent endless hours practicing. We were practicing four hours at a time, we had sixteen practices in March alone, and we earned this win.”