North york cricket match marks 150-year rivalry
Students and alumni at UCC versus TCS in anniversary rematch by Mackenzie Patterson
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.”