Exciting finish at ‘special’ Colour Clothing Tournament

The Colour Clothing Tournament which attracts young players from across the world concluded in dramatic style.

The finals of the under 12s and 14s categories were decided in spectacular fashion on Friday, August 19, to wrap up two weeks of sensational white ball cricket during the 10th annual contest.

The tournament, organised by CCA, has been running since August 8 with the under 8s, 10s, and 17s competing during the first week and the under 12s and 14s categories taking place last week.

Teams from Dubai’s ICC Academy and India’s Cricket Next Academy flew over to take part, while sides from Merseyside also joined in alongside young cricketers from Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as well as neighbouring counties.

The under 14s final went down to the final over with 2 needed off the last 2 balls. CCA Supergiants scored the runs to win by three wickets having chased down 109.

Thomas Bunce, 13, from Leicester, was the captain of CCA Supergiants. He said: “I really enjoyed everything. It was a brilliant experience.”

Under 14s player of the tournament James Bennett, 14, from Leicester, said: “It’s been great fun to play fun to play cricket for five days. The weather has been brilliant up until the final day.”

Vedant Deshpande, 13, from Dubai, who represented ICC Academy, said: “This was my first time in the UK. I have learned a lot from especially from the fast bowlers.”

ICC Warriors won the under 12s final against CCA Cobras in a tightly-contested game, having scored 82 runs from a reduced 12-over match due to rain.

Karan Zaveri was under 12s player of the tournament. The 11-year-old from Dubai said: “I really had fun playing in the tournament and am happy that we won.”

A total of 22 teams competed at two venues for the first time to cater for the increased interest, with the action taking place at Leicester Grammar School and the University of Leicester’s Stoughton Road Playing Fields.

Don Bhagawati, director of CCA, said: “I would like to congratulate every single player for taking part in a special tournament. The standards were high and the competition strong but everyone played with a smile on their face and enjoyed the game. 

“The competition has gone from strength-to-strength over the years and now attracts teams and players from around the globe. It has been an excellent opportunity for youngsters to compete in a white ball tournament.”


Under 12s

Best fielder: Oliver Bunce (CCA Lions)

Best bowler: Nathan Bell (CCA Titans)

Best batsman: Ethan La Porte (CCA Cobras)

Spirit of the Game 1- Sam Robinson (CCA Lions)

Spirit of the Game 2- Aryan Mehul Chudasama (CCA Cobras)

Player of the tournament: Karan Zaveri  (ICC Academy)

Man of the match – final: Harry Jonstone (ICC Academy)

Medals for 2nd place: CCA Cobras

Medals for 1st place: ICC Warriors


Under 14s

Best fielder: Jack Fleetwood

Best bowler: Vedant Nilesh

Best batsman: Dhruv Jhawar

Special award: Shival Bawa

Player of the tournament: James Bennett

Man of the match – play off: Gautam Sanghvi

Man of the match – final: Siddhant Argawal

Medals for 2nd place: ICC Silvers

Medals for 1st place: CCA Supergiants 

Thrilling first week of Colour Clothing Tournament

Scintillating cricket matched the scorching weather as three age groups battled it out for glory during the first week of the Colour Clothing Tournament. 

The winners of the under 8s, 10s, and 17s were crowned at the 10th annual Colour Clothing Tournament on Friday, August 12, organised by CCA following a week of closely-fought encounters.

The white ball contest started on Monday, August 8, with the finals of three age categories taking place on Friday, August 12. The under 12s and 14s will be competing from Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19.

In the under 17s players from Leicestershire went head-to-head against a side from Dubai’s ICC Academy and two teams from Liverpool. The under 17s final was decided by a super over after the scores were tied at 146, with the CCA Stars beating Liverpool Lightning with four balls to spare.

Under 17s player of the tournament Harry Pounds scored 120 runs and took 10 wickets playing for CCA Stars, while also picking up the man of the match in the final. The 15-year-old, from Kibworth, said: “Compared to last year the standard was really high as I played in a higher age group. The Liverpool and Dubai teams made the tournament really competitive.”

Priyesh Thakkar, who also played for CCA Stars, was named best fielder in the under 17s category. The 16-year-old, from Oadby, said: “It was a big step up from last year down to the international players and the Liverpool sides gave us a run for our money. The final coming down to a super over summed up the tournament.”

CCA King Hitters won by 6 runs against the CCA Blasters to secure the top spot in the under 8s category. The CCA Dragons triumphed in the under 10s final against the CCA Outlaws by five wickets.

CCA Bears player Tom Scott, 11 from Lutterworth, who was named under 10s best fielder, said: “The standard was higher than last year. I scored about 150 runs, including a half century.”

Archie Haldane, from Rushden in Northamptonshire, was named man of the match in the under 10s play off for the CCA Bears. The 9-year-old said: “It’s a brilliant tournament, over each day we got better and better.”

Ruth Mukherjee scored 163 runs for the CCA Sharks to be named the under 10s best batsman. The 10-year-old, from Dubai, said: “I love competitions, as I like playing lots of games. I scored a 50.”

Don Bhagawati, director of CCA, said: “We’re proud to be in the tenth year of the Colour Clothing Tournament. This tournament has enabled players aged eight to 17 the opportunity of gaining vital experience by playing matches at a good standard.”

The contest is being played at two venues for the first time to cater for the increased interest, with 22 teams in total competing for honours at Leicester Grammar School and the University of Leicester’s Stoughton Road Playing Fields.

Under 8s

Best fielder: Myra Malik, lots of catches, including 4 in 1 day (CCA Stars)

Best bowler: Suhail Noori, 6 wickets (CCA Blasters)

Best batsman: Sathya Gadhia, 299 runs (CCA Commanders)

Man of the match – play off: Kayan Parmar (CCA Commanders)

Man of the match – final: Sultan Malik

Medals for 2nd place: CCA Blasters

Medals for 1st place: CCA King Hitters


Under 10s

Best fielder: Tom Scott (CCA Bears)

Best wicketkeeper: Joven Cheema (CCA Dragons)

Best bowler: Keshav Sathanikiya (CCA Outlaws)

Best batsman: Ruth Mukherjee, 163 runs (CCA Sharks)

Special award: Charlie Bunting (Dragons)

Player of the tournament: Jamie Dunk (CCA Dragons)

Man of the match – play off: Archie Haldane (CCA Bears)

Man of the match – final: Arush Buchake (CCA Dragons)

Medals for 2nd place: CCA Outlaws

Medals for 1st place: CCA Dragons


Under 17s

Best fielder: Priyesh Thakkar, 7 catches, 1 run out (CCA Stars)

Best wicketkeeper Kareem Jefferies (ICC Warriors)

Best bowler: Vijay Warakapath, 12 wickets (Liverpool Lightning)

Best batsman: Akash Rajpal, 157 runs (CCA Stars)

Special award: Chirag Modi (CCA Stars)

Player of the tournament: Harry Pounds, 120 runs and 10 wickets (CCA Stars)

Man of the match – play off: Tom Dylan (Liverpool Thunder)

Man of the match – final: Harry Pounds (CCA Stars)

Medals for 2nd place: Liverpool Lightning

Medals for 1st place: CCA Stars

Record-breaker stars in Summer Cricket Camp

An Indian schoolboy who made international headlines after scoring 1,000 runs in a single innings has been competing in CCA's Summer Cricket Camp.

Pranav Dhanawade, who racked up a world record-breaking 1,009 on January 5 to become the first batsman to reach four figures, has visited the country for the first time as part of an overseas tour.

The 16-year-old, who has been honing his skills at the camp, said: “The City Cricket Academy is very good and I like it, with very good quality facilities. I have learned very much, including how to play in English conditions.

“While playing in games at the Summer Cricket Camp I have score two 50s but so far not 100.”

Coach Mobin Shaikh, who has coached Pranav since he was six, brought him over as part of a team from Mumbai’s Worli Cricket Club.

More than 250 young cricketers from Leicestershire, India, Dubai and United Arab Emirates, have been taking part in the camp at two sites, Leicester Grammar School and the University of Leicester’s cricket ground. They have been training, learning from expert coaches and playing matches.

Don Bhagawati, director of CCA, said: “It’s a real pleasure to host Pranav at our Summer Cricket Camp and hope this experience will help him. His achievement was phenomenal and a really big story in the cricket world. I wish him the very best and hope he keeps working hard at his game.

“At CCA we believe in making sure everyone enjoys the game while also reaching their full potential. Pranav has fitted into our ethos perfectly, practicing and playing matches with a smile on his face.

“We have hosted many overseas players so far this year. Welcoming players like Pranav not only benefits their game as they learn to adapt to different conditions, it also enables local cricketers to develop and enrich their game.”

Pranav batted for two-and-a-half days in a HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament game in to beat the previous record of 628 set by Arthur Collins in 1899.

He struck 59 sixes and 127 fours in 395 minutes before his KC Gandhi School declared the innings at 1,465 against Arya Gurukul School.

Mumbai school cricket is highly competitive and has produced a string of high-profile cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar.