Mini Premier League 2014

Our 6th Mini Premier League will start from 8th June 2014. The Mini Premier League is the only hard ball league for Under 10’s in Leicestershire, possibly in the country, and this is exclusive for CCA trainees only.

There will be 6 teams playing in the league, which will take place over two weekends Sunday 8th & 22nd June. Matches will be played outdoors at Hinckley Town Cricket Club, Leicester Road, Hinckley, LE10 3DR which is CCA’s home ground. In the event of rain matches will be played at City Cricket Academy.

Every team will play 4 matches in total. Details of matches will be notified to you once we have finalised the fixtures and will also be available on our website.

All players will receive a MPL Coloured shirt & sweatshirt. This is to be worn on matches with white trousers. There will be an awards ceremony on the final day where trophies and awards will be given for outstanding performances and participation.

Time: 2pm to 6pm (Matches start at 2pm so everyone needs to be at the ground for 1:30pm)

Cost: £75 (includes coaching and match fee, MPL Coloured Shirt & Sweatshirt, Trophies and awards)

There are limited places – To book please email or call us on : Email:  phone: 01162543333

City Cricket Academy
Mini Premier League 2014
At Hinckley Town Cricket Club
Age group 6 – 10yrs 

Mini Premier League Final 2013

MPl 2013 finals day went very well, although due to rain we played the matches indoors. The tournament gave all the youngsters a great experience of competitive cricket. The enthusiasm shown by the young players was fantastic and improvement overall was evident. Many thanks to all the players and their families.

The 1st final was played between CCA outlaws vs CCA Knightriders, 2nd Final was CCA Heat vs CCA Lightenings and 3rd final was CCA Hurricanes vs CCA Thunder.

1st Final winners – CCA Outlaws

2nd Final winner – CCA Heat

3rd Final winners – CCA Hurricanes

Individual awards were presented by former Leicestershire & Kent Cricketer Laurie Potter.

Man of the match 1st final – Jasol Doy

Man of the match 2nd Final – Jonathan Shaw

Man of the match 3rd Final – Yuvraj Dehal

Best Batsman – Rory Jones

Best Bowler – Dhruv Patel

Best wicketkeeper  – Mateuz Hodgson

Best fielder – Umer Syed

Player of the tournament – Yash Suribatla


Knightriders win City Cricket Academy under-16 tournament

Knightriders proved the pick of the sides in the City Cricket Academy’s under-16 tournament at Leicester Grammar School. They overcame Houghton Dare Devils in the final by 31 runs.

Man of the match James Pakora cracked an unbeaten 49 and player of the tournament Josh Hallam added 34 as Knightriders racked up 128-5 in their 20 overs.

Dare Devils’ Yuvraj Odedra led the reply with 40 but Houghton were restricted to 97-8, Jai Pandit claiming 2-14.

For the first time in its seven-year history, the tournament, which gives young players a rare opportunity to play in coloured-clothing, featured an overseas side with Bangalore’s Karnataka Institute of Cricket taking part.

Don Bhagawati, City Cricket Academy director, said: “KIOC put in some spirited performances but it was challenging for them to play in English conditions. The learning experience was appreciated by their coach Irfan Sait.

“Usually bat dominates the ball in limited-overs cricket. In this tournament, the ball certainly had the upper hand.” Awards:

Best batsman: Yuvraj Odedra (Houghton Dare Devils).

Best bowler: S Anirudh (KIOC).

Best Fielder: Milan Shah (CCA Super Kings).

Best wicketkeeper: Joel Baker (Super Kings).

Player of the tournament: Josh Hallam (CCA Knightriders).

Most Promising Player: K Tarun (KIOC).


Article taken from Leicester Mercury


Colour Clothing Tournament – Under 10’s, 12’s & 14’s

The second week of the City Cricket Academy – 7th Colour Clothing Tournament 2013 was a spectacular event!! Three age groups – Under 10’s, 12’s & 14’s were in action! All players participating were put in teams according to their ages. The tournament was held at the Leicester Grammar School.

12 matches were played each day and in total 60 matches were played across the groups in 5 days. The cricket was of great quality throughout and due to the format of bonus points all teams had a chance to qualify for the finals till the end. Every player had the opportunity to improve and there was some magical cricket played by the youngsters!

Fielding standard was exceptional in all age groups backed up by some innovative batting and accurate bowling.

This tournament has been special as in the first week where the under 16’s played – we had a foreign team from KIOC, Bangalore, India making the tournament international. All together in 10 days 80 matches were played – 1st week under 16’s – 20 matches, 2nd week under 10, 12 & 14’s – 60 matches.

The volume of matches was good for the young players as there were plenty of opportunities for cricketers. All the young player’s fitness, skills, stamina, and temperament were tested and the players thrived in the challenge.  The experience was educational for all the players and the enthusiasm shown by the youngsters was inspirational for all involved.

David Smith, Chief Executive Northampton County Cricket Club was the chief guest for the prize distribution and after his recent success with T- 20 at Northants – said that this tournament will definitely help improve cricket for the youngsters.

Under 10’s 

CCA Sixers beat CCA Redbacks to win the final with Spike Marlow putting in a Man of the Match performance with bat and ball. CCA Heat and CCA Stars finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

CCA Redbacks 140-9 vs CCA Sixers 144-5 (20/20)

Individual awards

Best Batsman – Kush Sharma

Best Bowler – Harry Lovell

Best Fielder – Oliver Bunce

Best Wicketkeeper – Joseph McCarthy

Best All Rounder – Oliver Senior

Player of the Tournament – Kush Sharma

Most Promising Player – Zethan Bandi

Man of the Match Final – Spike Marlow

Under 12’s

The final between CCA Dynamos and CCA Outlaws was a great contest as both teams were almost equal on the points table throughout the week, but CCA Dynamos beat the Outlaws in the final by 8 runs to win the under 12’s tournament!  Saurav Thakkar made a sedate 30 in setting a target for the CCA Dynamos and was declared Man of the Match.  In the 3rd and 4th play off CCA Spitfires beat CCA Foxes.

CCA Dynamos 137-6 vs CCA Outlaws 130-6 (20/20)

Individual Awards

Best Batsman – Dylan Church
Best Bowler – Jessica Lapworth
Best Fielder – Thomas Bunce
Best Wicketkeeper – Rohan Kelkar
Best All Rounder – Akash Gokhani
Player of the Tournament – Dylan Church
Most Promising Player – Libby Howard
Man of the Match Final – Saurav Thakar

Under 14’s 


CCA Cobras took on CCA Titans in the final, which was a really exciting game with the cobras needing 6 runs off 6 balls in a low scoring final. Sheil Sethi and Milan Thakkar kept their nerves getting the runs with one ball to spare taking CCA Cobras to win the title. CCA Cobra’s skipper Ravi Kanani got an important 28 runs in their chase and was declared Man of the Match.  CCA Warriors finished in 3rd place and CCA Lions 4th place.

CCA Titans 72-10 vs CCA Cobras 73-7 (20/20)

Individual awards

Best Batsman – Sachin Verma
Best Bowler – Sameer Thakrar
Best Fielder – Harry Pounds
Best Wicketkeeper – Dhruv Rathore
Best All Rounder – Ravi Kanani
Player of the Tournament – Arin Pathmanathan
Most Promising Player – Sebastian Smith
Man of the Match – Final – Ravi Kanani

Carnival title for academy teenagers

Leicester’s City Cricket Academy youngsters capped a memorable visit to Dubai by winning the Desert Cub Carnival.

The under-14 side beat the Desert Cubs by 17 runs in the final with Sameer Thakkar playing a match-winning innings.

The academy batted first in the final and were 101-8 before Thakkar smashed 22 runs off the last four balls playing some incredible shots including a six over point.


DSC 0277Tight bowling and disciplined fielding kept the Cubs behind the required rate, Sameer turning in a good spell with the ball to take the man of the match honours.

The players were based at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, in Dubai Sport City, during their stay and played a total of 10 matches, four of which were day-night games.

They also took part in a master class emphasising the importance of good technique which was conducted by former Pakistan all-rounder Mudassar Nazar, who is head coach at the Global Academy.

“The whole experience and learning was great for the young cricketers,” said CCA director Don Bhagawati.

“The youngsters had sub-continent style customised turf pitches which helped spinners during practice.

“That was something new for the batsmen and bowlers. The tour was one of the best we have organised.”

Article taken from Leicester Mercury