North york cricket match marks 150-year ri­valry

Stu­dents and alumni at UCC ver­sus TCS in an­niver­sary re­match by Macken­zie Pat­ter­son

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On a day in mid-Septem­ber, men rang­ing from their teens to their 60s gath­ered on the grounds of the Toronto Cricket Club in North York. Cur­rent stu­dents and alumni alike from Up­per Canada Col­lege and Trin­ity Col­lege School put on their polo shirts and worked up a sweat in hon­our of the 150th an­niver­sary match.

but de­spite the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the event, all the men chat­ted hap­pily amongst each other in be­tween games.

Ed Bracht has been in­volved with the Up­per Canada cricket team and the Cana­dian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion for years, serv­ing in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. He or­ga­nized the 150th an­niver­sary in­ter­col­le­giate match and also serves as its spokesper­son.

“Up­per Canada has been play­ing cricket since 1837 — it was a foun­da­tional part of the school. In 1865, TCS started, and they got a cricket team, so in 1867 both teams started play­ing against each other and they’ve been play­ing it an­nu­ally ever since,” he said.

Old boys (alumni), cur­rent stu­dents and re­cent grads from both schools all had a chance to play a game at the match.

John Har­vey, alum­nus from UCC class of 1968, said he was es­pe­cially glad to be play­ing in the match as he had also played in the 100th an­niver­sary game in 1967.

“I was in Grade 12 for the 100th an­niver­sary match. That was the last time the Maple Leafs won the Stan­ley Cup, too,” he said. “It’s great that we have the di­verse cul­ture that we have so that cricket can sur­vive un­der a va­ri­ety of cir­cum­stances for 150 years.”

Bracht said cricket is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar in Toronto now that new im­mi­grants from coun­tries where cricket is more main­stream are com­ing to set­tle here. “It’s now pick­ing up mo­men­tum again,” he said. The younger gen­er­a­tions are cer­tainly do­ing their part to keep the tra­di­tion alive. Saran San­thosh, a Grade 12 stu­dent at TCS, said he was thrilled to be play­ing in the an­niver­sary game.

“It’s great, it’s an hon­our. It’s a re­ally long tra­di­tion and a long his­tory. I’m ex­cited to play with the boys. It’s been a while,” he said.

In the end, it was UCC who tri­umphed with the school’s old boys win­ning the first game of the day 136 to 74, and the UCC cur­rent stu­dents win­ning the sec­ond game 134 to 110.

“It’s a re­ally long tra­di­tion and a long his­tory.”

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