Summer 2019 Round up

Following a busy summer for City Cricket Academy with plenty of cricket played throughout, our Under 11’s and Under 13’s returned victorious again in the League and Cup. The Under 13’s went one better and went on to win the ECB National U13’s Cup, making them the best U13’s team in the country. A very proud moment all around for the cricketers and City Cricket Academy.

Summer cricket camp was also lot of fun and it was popular amongst the juniors.

Our 13th Annual Colour Clothing Tournament saw a great deal of competition with all the teams that participated. Over 50 matches played over the course of 4 weeks with more than 250 players participated in the 5 age group tournaments hosted by City Cricket Academy. Various teams and players visited from around the world to participate in this year’s tournament, including 4 boys from Australia who participated in our U10’s Colour Clothing Tournament this year. We also saw teams from Switzerland included in our U12’s, U14’s and U16’s Tournament providing great competition as always throughout. Having teams and individuals join our tournaments has always proved to improve the standards of cricket set, with this year’s Senior Colour Clothing Tournament going to the wire with a super-over being played in the Finals to determine the winner.

City Cricket Academy also saw many Touring Teams and Individuals visit from around the world over the course of the summer. Teams from Pakistan, Dubai, Switzerland and India visited to Tour or to participate in our Colour Clothing Tournament. The Residential Program extended its reach to new countries and new possibilities. The Residential Academy welcomed cricketers from South Africa, Guyana, West Indies , Canada, New Zealand, Kenya, USA and many more to name just a few. With cricketers from various backgrounds it gave us great pleasure to see the cricketers get on extremely well on and off the field. Residential Cricketers had the opportunity to play a minimum of 3 to 4 matches a week alongside educational training sessions, 1to1’s, yoga sessions, strength and conditioning and much more.

Having cricketers from around the Globe has had benefit to our young players. Lots of matches were organised where our youngsters played with or against the visiting players which meant that we could give plenty of match playing opportunity to everyone. Visiting players were allowed to join our coaching sessions to make it a great learning exercise for all.

Overall, a fantastic summer unfolded with a great amount of cricket played throughout. We saw many friends being made that we hope will leave everlasting impressions for the future. Not only did cricketers learn a lot from the cricket offered but were exposed to different surroundings, backgrounds and cultures which we hope has provided them with many experiences to cherish.

Finally, we would like to thank all players, teams, parents and anyone who supported us throughout the summer in making this a successful 2019 for City Cricket Academy.

 

Leicestershire Youth League Weekly Report

Friday 17th May 2019

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s A vs Market Harborough CC
Winning the toss and batting first in a crunch Cup Tie, the Under 11 boys put on a complete batting display. Losing 0 wickets throughout their innings they boys racked up 136 runs from their 16 overs. Arnav Rai (28* off 11 balls) and Zethan Bandi (14*) leading the charge in a fantastic team display. It was now the bowlers turn to finish where the batsmen left off. Without any doubt the bowlers stepped up to the mark and delivered an equal display with the ball. Ronak Rajashekar (3-1-5-3), Hatim Fazi (2-1-1-3), Zethan Bandi (3-2-3-2), Freddie Fowler (2-2-0-2) and Shayaan Fanibanda (2-2-4-2) showcased upmost control with the ball to deliver a fantastic Cup Win.

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s B vs Medbourne CC
A first match for the B team after 2 rained off fixtures. The boys were hungry to be out on the field. A cautious move by the captain to bowl first led to a fiery bowling performance. Arav Sharma (3-0-14-3), Dian Manga (3-1-3-1) and Thenuk De Costa (2-0-14-1) lead the way with ball at hand, restricting Medbourne to 56 runs in their 16 overs. At the half way stage the boys came in confident with their bowling display. Arav Sharma (10), Giaan Rupra (8) and Dian Manga (8) got the batting off to a solid start, however with Medbourne fighting to the end the Under 11’s were required to keep a level head. A compliant batting shown by the Under 11’s to ensure a 31 run victory over Medbourne.

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s C vs Houghton & Thurnby CC
Following defeat in their first match the Under 11’s were prepared to fight hard today. Batting first the boys required a competitive total to be set to ensure a positive start to the day. Roshan Subramanian (18) and Aarush Virmani (12) ensured the Under 11’s reached a commendable total of 77-4 in their 16 overs. With the job only half completed and a good bowling performance required. Chirag Parmar (3-1-3-3), Roshan Subramanian (2-2-0-1), Aryan Singh (2-1-1-2), Ethan Denton-Beaumont (2-0-14-1) and Hiten Parmar (2-0-9-1) ensured the Under 11’s registered their first win by restricting Houghton & Thurnby to 16 all out in their 16 overs. A fantastic team performance with bat and ball topped off by some outstanding fielding from Aarav Virmani (Wicket Keeper), Roshan Subramanian and Aryan Singh ensured runs were hard to come by in the field.

Sunday 19th May 2019

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs Countesthorpe CC
After 2 wins from 2 matches the team spirit in this side was getting bigger and better. Batting first after winning the toss, Oliver Bunce once again firing 26* started where he left off the last 2 weeks, aided by Anish Das (25* off 10 balls) and Oliver Dunford (25* off 9 balls) who sent fireworks around the field to bolster the score to 157-5 in 18 overs. With the score set so high the boys only had to focus on their basics to ensure a third victory in as many weeks. Rizwan Riaz (3-0-11-2) leading the way with support from Keshav Sthanakiya, Darius Fanibanda, Oliver Dunford and Zubin Bandi all chipping in with a wicket apiece to secure their third win. Two special mentions to Anish Das and Darius Fanibanda who took spectacular one handed catches to top off a fantastic performance.


CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B vs Kibworth CC
Winning their match in subliminal fashion last week, a Cup match against a very strong side in Kibworth was their next task. Kibworth winning the toss and putting the u13’s into bat first. A strong batting performance was required to ensure they had a large total to defend. Aditiya Ishwaran (26*), Rahul Acharya (26*) and Krishil Rajpara (20*) all worked tirelessly against a rampant bowling attack to muster a below par score of 104-7 in 20 overs. An inspirational bowling performance, similar to last week, was required to ensure victory. However, unfortunately for the u13’s this couldn’t be emulated. Kibworth being ruthless with the bat knocked off the total within 10.3 overs losing only 1 wicket along the way. Despite the loss, many positives have been taken from the match, which has been discussed to be taken into future matches.

Monday 20th May 2019

CCA/HTCC Under 17’s A vs Leicester Ivanhoe CC
Rescheduled due to Exams

CCA/HTCC Under 17’s B vs Ibstock CC
After a match against the A side this team wanted to show their worth. Batting first Aryan Kanji (26*) held the innings together to set a below par score of 106 for 6 wickets in 20 overs. A defendable score nonetheless as Arjun Sisodiya (3-0-15-2) was at their arson. The more overs bowled the tighter the game got, however this proved too much for the side as they eventually lost in the 19th over as Ibstock knocked the score off 5 down. Again another loss for the side however some positives were taken from the match.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Mini Rhino Cup – CCA Capitals vs CCA Kings
A new series introduced for our Under 8 Cricketers. CCA Kings took on CCA Capitals with Capitals captain Veer Thanki elected to field on a scorching hot day. CCA Kings put on a defiant performance with the bat with cricket enthusiast Zachin Bandi, yet another cricketer from the Bandi family top scoring for the Kings with a magnificent 80. In response captain fantastic stood up and delivered a captain performance scoring 80 runs with great support from Rumit Joshi (60) and Niam Radia (60) to ensure victory on the penultimate delivery of the game for the Capitals. CCA Capitals leaving this encounter with 2 points. Onto the Catching Game, where the Kings clawed back the two points to poise the Bowl out in interesting fashion. The Bowl out did not disappoint with the Capitals manging to control their nerves and go into next week’s matches 2 points ahead.

Rhino Cup – CCA Sunrisers vs CCA Kings
After a thrilling contest last week battled with two fantastic bowling performances the Kings came into this contest confident that they could topple the Sunrisers. Kings were sent to bat first and provided a jubilant performance. Aarav Virmani (26) set the standards for the Sunrisers helping his side set an incredible 130 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs. Roshan Subramanian being the pick of the bowlers for the Kings with figures of 3 overs, 12 runs and 3 wickets. Anish Das (31) taking Sunday’s performance into the cup match unfortunately couldn’t come to the rescue as the Sunrisers were skittled for 85 runs. Shayaan Fanibanda doing most of the restricting from his 2 overs, taking 3 wickets while only conceding 6 runs. Fielding standards were very high throughout the day with the fielders putting on a excellent display, Otto Jozsa, Arav Sharma and Shayaan Fanibanda being the pick of the fielders.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s A vs Houghton & Thurnby
After a close encounter last week the boys were out to prove a point this time around. Parth Sindhal (50) led from the front with help from Marvey Toor (27), Arjun Sisodiya (15) and Oscar McCarthy (12) providing a solid performance to help the side to 155 for 6 after their allotted 20 overs. With a nervy bowling performance last week the U15’s were required to keep a steady frame this time out. Unfortunately, the nerves were still lurking a 30 extras were given away, 25 off which in the first 10 overs. However, much to the teams delight Arjun Sisodiya (3-0-12-1) and Rushil Joshi held their nerves to restrict Houghton to 133-2 after their 20 overs, claiming a comfortable victory in the end.

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s B vs Market Harborough
A team full of Great Spirit and admiration entered the fray. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Zubin Bandi (50*) and Alfie Dunn (41 off 25 balls) put on a 90 run partnership for the 2nd wicket before Uttam Ramji (22* off 10 balls) provided the final flourish to set a score of 160 for 3 in 20 overs. In response the score was too great for Market Harborough to claw back. Luv Rahul (4-0-18-2) and Alfie Dunn (2-0-7-2) proving too efficient for Market Harborough’s batsmen with the help of Uttam Ramji, Zubin Bandi and Charlie Smith who made runs hard to come by for as Market Harborough finished on 119 for 8 from their 20 overs.

Next Week’s Report will be given on Thursday 30th May 2019.

Leicestershire Youth League Weekly Report

Friday 03rd May 2019

Not the greatest conditions for a cricket match, however all under 11 teams braved the cold, wind and rain and provided a fantastic display of cricket. A special mention to parents who supported the boys all evening.

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s A vs Kibworth U11’s B

A home encounter against a strong team to start the season, and the under 11’s did not disappoint. Batting first Anugrah Ajay, 35 Runs, and Zethan Bandi, 28 Runs, set the bar high for the start of the season.  Freddie Fowler playing his first game for CCA chipped in with 3 massive sixes to propel the team score to 155 in their 16 overs. An emphatic display of batting by the whole team, all of which scoring 15 runs plus. In return Kibworth were restricted well by ruthless display of bowling. Freddie Fowler (2-0-3-5) stole the show with his 5 wickets off 2 overs supported by Anugrah Ajay (2-0-10-3), Ronak Rajashekar (3-0-10-3) and Zethan Bandi (3-0-12-2). Kibworth finishing on 23 runs from their 16 overs.

 

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s B vs Ketton U11’s

Match Abandoned. 2 points awarded to both teams due to weather.

 

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s C vs Kibworth U11’s A

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, the under 11s started off strongly. With a young squad the team gelled well together and supported one another through the cold, wind and rain. Kibworth set 74 runs to from their 16 overs with standout bowling performances by Aryan Singh (2-0-11-1), Rahul Khoda (2-0-13-0) and Krish Patel (2-0-14-0) all playing their first ever competitive match.  In response, Dian Manga (11), and Kishen Parmar (13) worked tirelessly to chase the score however, Kibworth put on a jubilant bowling display that took the game away from CCA winning by 62 runs.

 

Sunday 05th June 2019

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs Enderby U13’s

A cup match to start proceedings for the U13’s, electing to bat first Anish Das (26*), Kavir Mackan (25*) and Darius Fanibanda (25*) all began where they left off at the end of last year, putting on an exuberant performance to set Enderby a total of 194, losing only 2 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.  The total had been set but only half the job completed, with a professional bowling effort required. Taking the limelight Oliver Dunford stepped up and produced a special bowling performance with figures of 5 overs, 2 maidens, 2 runs and 5 wickets helping bowl Enderby out for 18 Runs. A special mention to: Zubin Bandi who showed great knowledge of the game as a Captain, and led the team well on and off the field.

 

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B vs Billesdon U13’s

An enticing encounter against a strong Billesdon team saw the U13’s batting first. Arav Sharma (19) set the tone however thanks to a blistering 33 off 11 balls by Aditiya Ishwaran helped propel the score to 119 for 9 off 20 overs. A respectable total set with a strong bowling performance required to ensure victory. Rahul Acharya (3-1-6-3), Woody Stepien-Hales (2-1-3-3)  and once again Aditiya Ishwaran (4-1-9-4) took the match away from Billesdon with the help of Alex Hancock who took 2 camera worthy diving catches and prevented the ball from passing him all morning. CCA U13’s eventually beating Billesdon by 77 runs to claim the first victory of the season.

 

Tuesday 07th May 2019 - Rhino Cup

CCA Kings vs CCA Capitals

Both teams entered today wanting to ensure a positive start to the tournament. Kings and Capitals took stage on the first day of the 2019 Rhino Cup. The Capitals winning the toss and electing to bowl on an early season green surface. A wise choice as the Kings were restricted to 89 all out from 18 overs, held together by ever present Keshav Sthanakiya (29). Bilal Jussab showing how the game can be influenced in the field, by providing a direct hit from the deep, running out a key member of the Kings batting team. Going into the half way stage, neither team was sure whether this was a commendable total or not. A special mention to Ridhi Sindhal playing her first match bowled an eloquent 2 overs conceding only the 1 run for CCA Kings supported by Giaan Rupra (3-0-12-3) who had their say as CCA Kings ripped through the Capitals top order. However, a persistent innings by Kavir Mackan (25*) ensured the Capitals crossed the line winning the first contest of the competition by 2 wickets.

 

Wednesday 08th May 2019

Under 15 Matches were cancelled due to Rain. 

 Next Week’s Report for this week’s matches will be out on Thursday 16th May 2019.                                                                               

Christmas & New Year Camp

Age groups: 5-7yrs 8-11yrs 12-14yrs 14yrs-16yrs

Week 1: Monday 17th to Friday 21st December 2018
Week 2: Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th January 2019

Camp times: 10:00am — 4:00pm. For no extra cost and parents’ convenience drop off available from 8:00am and late pick up to 5:30pm. Speak to a member of staff for details.

Fee: £25 per day or  (Week 1) £115 for full week or (Week 2) £70 for 3 days  

*Half days available morning 10am to 1:30pm (Iunch 12:30 to 1:30pm) & Afternoon 1:30pm to 4pm
Cost: £18 - Early drop off and late pick up included. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

We also have 1 to 1 slots available during school holiday's please enquire.

Bookings: Click here to book online 

Week 1       Week 2


or alternatively Call 0116 254 3333 or email us info@citycricketacademy.co.uk to book your place. The fees are payable by cash, card or cheque. Please make cheques payable to City Cricket Academy. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

What you will need to bring: Cricket kit (equipment available to borrow), CCA branded T-Shirt with cricket white trousers or tracksuit bottoms or full whites with indoor trainers. A healthy packed lunch and plenty to drink. There will be drinks and refreshments available to buy.

During our camps training includes: Hand eye coordination exercises, fielding drills, skill sessions, net practice, games and much more. Cricketers of all experiences are welcome including beginners. Above all, enjoyment and development.

Our programme is conducted and supervised by English Cricket Board qualified coaches.. All staff at City Cricket Academy are D.B.S checked.

Youth League Presentation Evening

Leicestershire Youth League 2018

Following a fantastic season by all CCA/ Hinckley Town Cricket Club Youth League Teams, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting a presentation evening on Sunday 30th September 2018 at City Cricket Academy for all youth league members.

This Year's Achievements

U11’s - League and Cup Winners
U13’s - Cup Winners + Midland Quarter Finalists
U15’s - Cup Winners + Midlands Finalists
U17’s - League Winners
U19's - Runners Up


During this evening we will be presenting awards to all team members and handing out special awards to players who have had an outstanding season this year.

There will also be some fun and games during where there will be a Parents vs Youngsters Cricket.

Leicestershire Youth League Weekly Report

Weekly Match Report - 14th to 20th June


Thursday 14th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B
A crucial cup match tie for both the U13’s as they drew each other. Going into this match both teams had been performing outstandingly well. It was all down to which team could pull through on the day. With the U13’s B batting first, a collective team total of 118 runs for the loss of 6 wickets was set in 20 overs. A very respectable score set up by the boys, helped along the way by Oliver Bunce – 27 not out, Zubin Bandi – 19 not out and Aidan Major – 17. In reply, the U13’A led by young Aditya Iswaran – 25 not out and Benedict O’Donoghue – 18 just fell short of their target. Bowled out for 93 in 19 overs the U13’s B triumphed to reach the next stage of the competition. Zethan Bandi once again spinning his web with the ball, claiming 3 wickets for 16 runs in 3 overs, helped exceptionally well by Oliver Dunford 4 overs, 20 runs, 2 wickets and Will Harris 3 overs, 10 runs, 2 wickets ensured a 26 run victory over the U13’s A.

Friday 15th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s A vs Great Glen U11’s
Yet to lose in the competition, the boys entered the game with their heads held high. Batting first the U11’s posted an enormous total of 153 runs for 6 wickets in their 16 overs. Arnav Rai (27*) and Darius Fanibanda (25*) both ensured that the U11’s reached a total well worth the plaudits. In reply, Great Glen had a tough task ahead. With bowling duo of Zethan Bandi and Keshav Sthanakiya this task become even harder. Zethan Bandi turned figures of 3 overs, 3 runs 2 wickets, while Keshav Sthanakiya threw his gauntlet down to finish with figures of 2 overs 2 runs 2 wickets. The boys proved to be key in bowling Great Glen out for 62, ensuring a 121 run victory for the U11’s. Who will stop this rampage; will have to be seen…

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s B vs Under 11’s C
Another encounter between two CCA sides highlighting once again how CCA/HTCC performs best, as a Team! A controlled group effort from the U11’s B with the bat posting a reputable total of 115 for 6 wickets in 16 overs. They were however let down with their running between the wickets, losing the majority of their wickets to run outs. This showed how hard the U11’s C team have been training on their fielding. Most notably for the U11’s B Sai Gadhia turned Jos Butler playing 2 scoops and 2 reverse sweeps to entertain the watching crowd in his cameo of 18. In reply, the total seemed to deer for the U11’s C side as they were bowled out in the final over of play for 60 runs. Sai Gadhia once again entering the limelight taking figures of 3 overs, 16 runs, 3 wickets to ensure a comfortable 75 run victory.

Sunday 17th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs Kibworth U13’s
With Kibworth winning the previous week vs the U13’s B, was it time for them to turn the screws and also topple the A side. Arjun Sisodiya (25) and Alfie Dunn (20) opened the batting putting on a 50 run partnership to give the U13’s a great start to their innings. However, the loss of 4 quick wickets did not help the team. Jaysol Doy (26) and Karan Thomas (24) stepped up as the going got tough and ensured a defendable total of 137 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs were scored. In return, Kibworth fought long and hard but fell just short. The U13’s restricted Kibworth to 128 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Darius Fanibanda led the way for the U13’s with the ball claiming 2 wickets for 10 runs in his 4 overs, partnered by Mark Shield who also claimed 2 wickets however for only 4 runs in 2 overs. The bowling effort by the boys ensured a 9 run victory over Kibworth.

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B vs Electricity Sports U13’s
Having lost last week to Kibworth, it was vital the U13’s rectified their performance last week. Winning the toss the U13’s elected to bat first scoring 117 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs. Kavir Mackan 16 and Zubin Bandi 18 were the pick of the batsmen chipping in with vital runs to set a very respectable total. In reply, the bowling attack for the U13’s proved to be too strong for Electricity Sports. The U13’s claiming 8 wickets in their 20 overs as Electricity Sports were restricted to 85 runs. Keshav Sthanakiya delivered as he has numerous times claiming 4 wickets for 6 runs from 4 overs which included a maiden over. Back to winning ways for this team of players.

Tuesday 19th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s vs Lutterworth Under 15’s
A vital match for the U15’s if they were to win this competition. Going into this tie being favourites it was an encounter that could have gone either way. With the U15’s winning the toss, they opted to bat first. Aled King (31) and Jacob Taylor (38) leading the way with the bat as they have done for the U15’s throughout the season. With the rest of the squad chipping with crucial runs a target of 137 for the loss of 5 wickets was set in their 20 overs. It was no turn for the bowlers to take to the stage. Stepping up first was Chanpreet Singh Mahal who claimed 2 wickets in his 3 overs, for 15 runs. This bowling display was partnered by Saurav Thakrar who also claimed 2 vital wickets along his way, completing 3 overs 2 wickets and 25 runs. Oscar Allen however, stole the show as his 2 wickets came in 3.1 overs as Lutterworth were bowled out for 113 runs.


Inter CCA Legue - CCA Strikers vs CCA Kahunas
This tie was a fight for a second place finish going into the match. Who would come out on top and who would narrowly miss out? A nervous encounter was building up. Kahunas went into bat first, 20 overs to set a score and with the help of Keshav Sthanakiya who scored 21 runs, the Kahunas managed 104 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. An outstanding spell of bowling from Suhail Noori helped restrict the Kahunas taking figures off 2 overs, 9 runs with 2 wickets along the way. With the Strikers going into the half in positive fashion it was now time for the batsmen to step up to the mark. Luv Rahul (18*) and Hiten Parmar (17*) both set about chasing the total. However, this turned out to be in vain as an outstanding performance by Giaan Rupra prevented the Strikers from reaching the total. Giaan claimed figures of 4 overs, 18 runs and 4 wickets.

Wednesday 20th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s A vs Electricity Sports U15
Having won last week and won in the cup the previous day, could fatigue have taken its toll on the boys? Winning the toss and batting first, the U15’s got off to a flyer. However, losing a few quick wickets he U15’s were 67 off of 13 overs with a hard task ahead. A controlled innings by Myne Rana (25) proved to be key in ensuring the U15’s reached a total worth defending. Oscar Allen (48*) however had other thoughts as he came out with positive intent from the first ball propelling the U15’s to 142 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. An outstanding partnership from Myne and Oscar was well worth the plaudits. With the team finishing their innings strongly it was all set for the bowlers to back the batting display up. Young Jaysol Doy did exactly that, bowling 3 overs for 11 runs taking 1 wicket. However, Aled King who loves the limelight was a force to be reckoned with claiming 2 wickets for 13 runs in his 2 overs, but this wasn’t the only player who stood up when required, Oscar Allen also delivered exceptionally with ball at hand claiming 4 wickets for 13 runs in his 4 overs. This ensured the U15’s left with a 38 run victory as Electricity Sports finished on 104 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s B vs Enderby U15
The U15’s had a very strong team out for this match against Enderby. It was just up to the players to ensure they delivered when their chance came. With the U15’s batting first everyone chipped in with the bat to post a mammoth 178 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. Arjun Sisodiya (51), Dhruv Patel (34), Kush Sharma (19) and Joseph McCarthy (17) led the way with the bat. Joseph and Kush clearing the boundaries with ease as they hit 3 big sixes between them. With such a large score being posted, was this too steep of a challenge for Enderby? With the U15’s taking the field with smiles all on their faces, Rushil Joshi, 2 wickets, Aryan Chudusama (1 wicket) and Kush Sharma (1 wicket) led the way with the ball, which ensured a 102 run victory over Enderby as they finished on 76 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs.

Leicestershire Youth League Weekly Report


Weekly match report - 8th to 13th June

Friday 08th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s A vs Medbourne U11’s 

With the side booming in confidence, there was little that could stop them. Could this have been the week that hindered their run of wins? CCA/HTCC went into bat first piling on a mammoth 161 Runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 16 overs, a great team batting display all round with Keshav Sthanakiya being the pick of the batsmen boasting 27 not out. It was now the turn for the bowlers to have their say on proceedings, and with his brother excelling with the ball last week it was time for Zethan Bandi to deliver with the ball claiming figures of 3 overs, 1 maiden, 9 runs and 3 wickets. This bowling display was partnered by another individual that keeps receiving praise, Keshav Sthanakiya bowling 2 overs 1 maiden 2 runs and 3 wickets along his way. This was not the week to stop CCA U11’s as they restricted Medbourne to 79 Runs for 9 Wickets ensuring a comfortable 102 run win. 

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s B vs Kibworth U11’s

CCA U11’s showing week in week out why cricket is played as a team, and no individual is bigger than this. Last week was dominated with the bat and this week they shined with the ball. The U11’s restricted Kibworth to just 5 runs in their 16 overs picking up a massive 12 wickets on route this rampage. Dian Manga showing his 1to1’s are benefiting him on the pitch with figures of 2 overs 3 runs and 2 wickets, aided by Kian Bhagat who managed 3 overs, 2 maidens, 2 runs and 3 wickets. Both boys transferring their skills learnt from their 1to1’s into their match performances. With the bowlers performing as they did, it was crucial the batsmen didn’t get too overwhelmed with the score at hand. CCA U11’s remained focussed when they came out to bat scoring 45 runs for the loss of 4 wickets after their 16 overs. Kian Bhagat (13) and Rizwan Riaz (10) being the pick of the batsmen ensuring a comfortable win against Kibworth. 

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s C vs Kibworth U11’s B

Having won all encounters with Kibworth leading up to this match in all our age groups, it was the turn of the U11’s C to try keep up this winning streak. The boys went into this game with a great deal of confidence following their win last week. Kibworth batted first and were restricted to 47 Runs for 7 Wickets in their 16 Overs. Shayaan Fanibanda showcased his talent for a second week running, this time with ball in hand with figures of 3 overs, 11 runs and 3 wickets. In response CCA U11’s struggled to maintain continuous partnerships losing 6 wickets on their way to the score of 52 in their 16 overs. This turned out to be just enough to ensure victory once again against Kibworth by 10 runs. 

Sunday 10th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs Countesthorpe U13’s B

A fine batting display last week from the U13’s meant there were great expectations coming into this match. And did they deliver. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the U13’s once again posted a gigantic 165 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Contributions seeped through this batting display with Alfie Dunn (28*), Benedict Foote (26*) and Benedict O’Donoghue (28*) all headlining this batting performance. Little more could be said about the batting display however, Benedict O’Donoghue’s (aka Usain Bolt’s) running between the wickets took the team by storm. The boys new going into the field the job was only half completed, and they surely delivered in just half the overs too, bowling Countesthorpe out for 28 in 10.3 overs. All the bowlers chipped in with wickets with Ved Tailor- 2 wickets and Rahul Acharya- 2 Wickets, however this was over shadowed by young Jonah Ziff bowling 2.3 overs, 8 runs and taking 4 wickets. An excellent fielding display coupled the bowling performance as Captain Arjun Sisodiya led by example taking 2 catches and 1 direct hit run out from backward point ensuring the U13’s left with a 137 run victory.

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B vs Kibworth U13’s 

Kibworth entered this encounter having yet to successfully beat a CCA/HTCC side. Could this have been their day? Kibworth winning the toss and electing to bat posted a very respectable 119 for 6 wickets. Kavi Patel and Samuel Baverstock picking up 2 crucial wickets apiece to ensure Kibworth did not run away with the score. The U13’s came out to bat knowing there was a huge task at hand, and soldiered out to chase this target down. Aidan Major (25*) and Zubin Bandi (25*) both came out positively in this run chase, which proved to be in vain. Requiring 10 runs of the final over and big hitting Siddhartha Das at the crease all was possible, however with no field restrictions Kibworth sent all fielders to the boundary preventing the U13’s from getting over the line. Kibworth winning their first encounter against CCA, by 4 runs.

Tuesday 12th June 2018

CCA Foxes vs CCA Cobras

CCA Cobras, sat in 4th, going into this match required a victory to propel themselves up the table, while the Foxes, sat in 2nd, where on the chasing the tail of the Strikers at the top. With the new rules being implemented for the second half of the tournament it was critical both teams got off to a good start. Cobras went into bat first, with the Foxes taking to the field. Both teams were well equipped to take the game away from one another, and that’s what exactly happened. Zethan Bandi once again stole the show with the ball for the Foxes, with figures of 4 overs, 3 maidens, 1 run and 4 wickets. This was backed by the world class fielding display shown by Samuel Baverstock who claimed 3 catches and a direct hit run out to stake his claim on proceedings. The Foxes went on to bowl the cobras out for 53 in 15 overs. In reply, Arav Sharma fought hard to keep the Cobras hopes alive returning figures of 2 overs, 8 runs and 2 wickets. However, it was not to be as Alex Strong once again highlighted his abilities with bat in hand scoring 20 not out off of 6 balls to claim victory for the Foxes by 7 wickets, who finished on 54 Runs for the loss of 3 wickets.

Wednesday 13th June 2018

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s B vs Bitteswell

With the U15’s being quite fragile going into this match against Bitteswell, it was vital they left with a win. Bitteswell elected to bat first. With the U15’s being very fragile it was important they got off to a good start. Ashnil Dhiman stepped up producing an impeccable spell of bowling with figures of 3 overs, 3 Maidens 0 runs, backed up by the bowling of Kush Sharma who recorded figures of 2 overs, 10 runs and 2 wickets. Bitteswell however still managed to score at just under 5 runs per over, posting a very respectable 96 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, the U15 came out with sheer confidence, led by Chanpreet Singh Mahal (44 not out) and Abhi Shah (24 not out) who comfortably took the U15’s home, finishing on 98 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 10.3 overs. A dominant performance by the U15’s following their recent run.

Leicestershire Youth League Weekly Report

Weekly Match Report – 1st June to 6th June 2018 

Friday 1st June 2018-
CCA/HTCC Under 11’s A vs Kibworth U11’s B

The confidence in this side had been growing having won all their previous encounters leading up to this match, and this match turned out to be no different, with the U 11’s scoring a mammoth 125 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in their 16 overs. Anish Das excelled for the U11’s with the bat scoring 35*, setting up the platform for the bowlers. Keshav Sthanakiya ensured Kibworth were restricted to 51 runs for 9 wickets with figures of 3 overs 6 runs 3 wickets. However, even this didn’t stop Shayaan Fanibanda from having his mark on proceedings with not only 1 direct hit run out, but 3 direct hit run outs from the deep. 

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s B vs Langtons U11’s

CCA U11’s showed why cricket is a team sport. With all players contributing to the team total of 75 runs for 4 wickets. The team ensured that runs were scored on a regular basis while keeping wickets in hand. This proved pivotal when the U11’s came out to bowl as Langtons scored 79 runs, however for the loss of 9 wickets. This ensured the U11’s left with a comfortable win. Rizwan Riaz being the pick of the bowlers ensuring Langtons U11’s were restricted in their scoring with figures of 2 overs 6 runs and 3 wickets. A fantastic team display shown by the boys.

CCA/HTCC Under 11’s C vs Kibworth U11’s A 

An outstanding display of bowling shown by our U11’s, restricting Kibworth to 38 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 16 overs. Sam Chapel provided CCA U11’s with a great start, picking up 3 wickets along his way. In reply the U 11’s showcased their skills with the bat knocking the runs off comfortably, reaching 68 in their 16 overs. Arav Sharma (14 not out) and George Chapel (11 not out) ensuring the U11’s finished the game off in style.

 

Sunday 3rd June 2018
CCA/HTCC Under 13’s A vs Billesdon U13’s A

With the U13’s getting off to a great start this season, little could stop the team from excelling once again. Batting first the U13’s scored an incredible 177 runs for the loss of 3 (retired) wickets in their 20 overs. All the batsmen chipping in with vital runs: Arjun Sisodiya 25*, Jaysol Doy 27*, Benedict O’Donoghue 24*, Siddartha Das 24* but most notably Aditya Iswaran scoring his 27 not out off of just 9 deliveries. With all the boys performing as they did it was no surprise the bowlers wanted to join the party, bowling Billesdon out for just 34 runs. Rahul Acharya picking up figures of 3 overs 18 runs and 4 wickets including a treble wicket (Hattrick) maiden along the way and Karan Thomas proving line and length is also key, with figures of 3 overs 2 maidens 4 runs and 3 wickets.

CCA/HTCC Under 13’s B vs Countesthorpe U13’s 

Countesthorpe chose to bat first scoring 69 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 20 overs. The U13’s were fired up following their cancelled game last week with all the bowlers chipping in with wickets, but once again Zubin Bandi shone with the ball following his 2 hat-tricks in the last match, with figures of 2 overs 7 runs and 2 wickets. In reply the U13’s knocked off the runs comfortably within 13 overs for the loss of 2 wickets with Kavir Makcan showing his dominance with the bat scoring 26 not out as the U13’s finished on 70 for 2 after 13 overs.

Tuesday 5th June 2018
CCA Foxes vs CCA Strikers

A crucial match for both teams with both requiring wins to bolster their rankings in the table. Foxes came out to bat first and managed a respectable 99 Runs for the loss of 9 Wickets in their 20 overs. Alex Strong being the pick of the batsmen scoring 25 not out. In response, the Strikers just managed to get over the line with 1 wicket spare. Reaching the total of 100 runs for 9 wickets in 18.3 overs, Darius Fanibanda holding the innings together with 26 not out but Otto Jozsa stole the show with a blistering 21 off of 7 balls to ensure the Strikers went 2 wins from 2 games to regain top spot.

Wednesday 06th June 2018
CCA/HTCC Under 15’s A vs Houghton & Thurnby

After successive wins in previous games the U15’s were no doubt up for the task at hand. Aled King once again showcasing his skills with the bat, scoring 50*, helped along the way by Parth Sindal 21 and Myne Rana 20 to set a comfortable score of 139 Runs for the loss of 5 Wickets in their 20 overs. With the job half completed going into bowl, Chanpreet Singh got CCA/ HTCC off to a great start with figures of 3-0-17-2 but this was over shadowed by the spin duo of Myne Rana (3-0-17-2) and Dhruv Patel (2-0-4-2) delivering with the ball to ensure a comfortable win for the U15’s, who bowled Houghton and Thurnby out for 82.

CCA/HTCC Under 15’s B vs Countersthorpe

With the U15’s B not getting off to the best of starts to their campaign. Siddarth Das ensured the U15’s got off to a great start with 22 runs in quick succession. Despite this the team were not able to pull through with Benedict O’Donoghue 16*as he saw wickets tumble at the opposite end. CCA/ HTCC posted 87 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 16 overs. The bowlers had a steep task ahead of them, and did not get off to the greatest of starts, however Ved Tailor pegged back Countersthorpe with figures of 2-0-14-1 but this was not enough to stop Countersthorpe as they hit the winning runs in the 13th over to win the match.

Next Week’s Report for this week’s matches will be given on Thursday 14th June 2018.

Tour to Dubai October 2017

Tour to Dubai 2017

Following our previous successful tours to Dubai, we will be touring again in October to ICC Academy, Dubai from the 20th to 29th October 2017. This tour is designed for players Under 17 's.

There will be a quadrangular cricket tournament which will have  2 teams from England , one team from Cricket Next Academy( pune), India and one team from ICC Academy ,Dubai. There will also be a masterclass during the tour. Venue for all training and matches training will be played at ICC Academy.

Dubai's ICC Cricket Academy is described as the world's leading cricket development, performance and education centre. The facilities are state of-the-art and purpose built with every element designed to enable each player to fulfil their potential.

Facilities include:

-Two full-size floodlit cricket ovals both accredited by ICC for T20 and One Day Internationals

 -Air-conditioned Pavilion with four fully-equipped changing rooms.

 -Six indoor practice pitches - these have been specifically created to match playing conditions in different environments; spin net recreating a turning pitch as you would experience in Mumbai or Colombo, two pace specific nets, recreating the fast hard pitches in Perth or Brisbane and two flat pitches, excellent for batting as you may find in Cape Town or Bangalore

 -Hawk-Eye tracking and video analysis system

 -State-of-the-art bowling machines.

 This tour package will include:

 • International Flights from UK to Dubai.

 • Deluxe Accommodation with onsite leisure facilities including pool.

 • 9 days tour including travel, comprising International standard coaching and playing a series of matches.

 • Floodlit matches

 • Tour clothing

 • All transportation in Dubai.

Our Next Cricket Tour will be in February 2018 - For more details email: don@citycricketacademy.co.uk

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Youth League Success

Our teams in the Leicestershire youth league have performed very well. All the age groups have had success and its It has been pleasing to see our Under 11’s becoming league champions and our 13’s & 17’s winning the county cup championship. Congratulations  to all our age group cricketers representing CCA/HTCC/ Banks. We look forward to carrying on the good  work  from summer  to winter training.  

Colour Clothing Tournament 2017

The Colour Clothing Tournament which is in its 11th year saw some exciting cricket over 3 weeks. The tournament used to be only a week event but demand from local and international players has made us expand to 3 weeks.  The tournament was played at Leicester Grammar School and Leicester University grounds.We had 6 different age groups competing in Under 8’s, 10’s, 12’s 14’s, 16’s and 18’s playing a total of 114 matches which was a mix of T20 and 40 overs.

ICC Academy Dubai, Cricket Next Academy Pune, Merseyside teams from Liverpool and Switzerland were the visiting teams.

In the Under 16’s age group Switzerland were the surprise package.  They had some talented cricketers who performed very well and won the Under 16’s event.

This is the first time we have seen 4 centuries scored in the tournament.  Mumbai Under 16’s all-rounder Vaze Tavish, Northants Under 16’s wicket-keeper batsman Seb Smith and Dubai Under 16’s batsman Waji Zaman scored fantastic hundreds in the under 18 and 16 tournaments.

Swiss bowlers Adil Tunda, Alex Buchelli and Dayn Parioug were particularly impressive.  Swiss batsman Hemant Ganesh lead from the front and scored 336 runs in the tournament taking the best batsman award in the Under 16’s.

We are very excited to see the popularity of the event locally and abroad.

County champs glory for CCA young cricketers

The future is bright for CCA/HTCC after a stunning day, with under 11s, 13s and 19s all becoming county champs.

They recorded three fabulous victories in three tough finals on September 3 in what was an excellent effort from all the players and coaches.

The under 19s, known as the Hinckley Rhinos, produced an outstanding performance in the field to win the NatWest Under-19 T20 Championship.

They beat Soar Valley Strollers by nine runs in the final at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road. The stars with the bat were Jag Lalli (37) and Ben Coddington (45) as the Rhinos posted 98 for 8. In response, Soar Valley scored 89 for 7, with some excellent fielding to win it. 

Priyesh Thakrar took a key catch at deep mid-wicket and also hit the stumps for a run-out.

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.

Last-ball drama in MPL Finals Day

The final of a Leicestershire under 10s cricket tournament was wrapped up in sensational style with the competition being decided on the last ball.

A total of 32 youngsters took part in the 8th outdoor Mini Premier League, which took place on Sunday, June 19th and 26th, at Hinckley Cricket Club’s ground and was organised by City Cricket Academy.

Man of the match and skipper Zubin Bandi hit the winning runs to see his team, CCA Outlaws, secure the title against CCA Lions in a two-wicket victory.

Even the play-offs went to the last ball with four needed, CCA Sharks all-rounder Darius hit a boundary to take his team home against CCA Heats by one wicket.

Don Bhagawati, Director of CCA, said: “Overall there was fantastic cricket played by all the youngsters over two weekends.

“The Mini Premier League is the only hard ball league for under 9 and 10s in Leicestershire, possibly in the UK, and once again, in its 8th year, the tournament has proved popular and successful.” 

The best batsman of the contest was Prem Damani, best bowler went to Keshav Sthanakiya and Thomas Scott was the best fielder.

Indian tourists triumph in tournament

An Indian touring team visited a Leicestershire cricket academy last week to compete in a prestigious tournament.

St Xavier’s Collegiate School from Calcutta flew over to play against youngsters from across the county as part of the Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016.

The tournament was organised by City Cricket Academy (CCA), with the visitors lifting the trophy as a result of their “brilliant team spirit”.

Don Bhagawati, director of CCA, based in Freemans Common, Leicester, said: “We have excellent international relations and this tournament was a demonstration of this.

“St Xavier’s School showed some brilliant team spirit in the final and that really helped them to win the very competitive match.

“As well as inviting touring teams over, we regularly send some of most talented youngsters off to Dubai to enhance their ability at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.

“It’s important to have touring teams come over, it helps young English cricketers improve their game against a different style of play.”

St Xavier’s Collegiate School has a strong cricketing heritage, with ex Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly a former pupil.

The tourists played against a team representing the academy and a selection of talented cricketers from schools.

All three teams played each other once in a league format before the top two progressed to the final.

CCA managed won both of their league matches, while St Xavier’s School managed to beat the Schools XI to put them into the final. 

St Xavier’s accumulated 158-8 in their stipulated 35 overs thanks to notable contributions from Mridul Sureka and Rik Sengupta. The hosts were bowled out for 144 with just one over left to play. The game was closer than the scores suggest.

Precision bowling from Archit Agarwal helped secure glory, as he picked up 3-16 from just four overs and won the man-of-the-match award. 

For CCA, Micael Javed picked up two wickets for 16 Runs, Kamran Jussab bowled well for his two wickets giving away only 14 runs and Skipper James Smallman also took two wickets for 30 runs.

Archit was awarded Man of the Match for the final and the tournament’s Best Bowler, while Connor Sherrad picked up Best Fielder and Albert Horae was Best Batsman.

Medals were presented by former Leicestershire cricketers Carl Crowe and Laurie Potter.

Indian school team visiting City Cricket Academy

A team of young cricketers from a school in India are visiting City Cricket Academy this week.

The St Xavier’s Collegiate School cricket team will be taking part in the Goodwill Cricket Tournament hosted by CCA against schools from Leicestershire and as well as playing in friendly matches. 

Former cricketer and team mentor Raju Mukherji said: “I think this is the first time a school team from Calcutta is going abroad to take part in a tournament. Look, not all of these boys will grow up to be cricketers in future, but this exposure will help them no matter what they do in life. They’ll be leaders in their own fields for sure.”

City Academy's Colour Clothing tournament a big hit

Teams from India and Dubai competed alongside young players from Leicestershire and other counties, as well as a side from Liverpool.

Former Pakistan Test player Mudassar Nazar, who brought over a team from the ICC Academy in Dubai, where he works as head coach, predicted up to four of the contest's star performers could go on to play for Leicestershire.

The under-10s category at Leicester Grammar School was won by CCA Steelbacks, while the CCA Rapids triumphed in the under-12s and CCA Sunrisers were the under-14s winners. Liverpool came first in the under-17s.

Don Bhagawati, director of the academy, in Freemen's Common, Leicester, said: "At the CCA, we are dedicated to promoting cricket and are passionate about ensuring players reach their full potential.

"The Colour Clothing tournament is about helping to develop talent."

Karamvir Nanua, 14, from Houghton on the Hill, who was named under-14s player of the tournament, said: "It was a great experience to compete against players from different countries and to find out about their different ways of playing."

Harry Pounds, 14, from Kibworth, twice scored 99 not out to pick up the under-14s best batsman award.

He said: "Hitting the winning runs and getting 60 not out in the final was a great feeling."

Patrick Horne, 11, from Leicester, who picked up the man-of-the-match award in the under-12s play-off, said: "I loved the tournament."

Siddhi Shiva Pagarani, 13, from Dubai, said: "The tournament was really fun. It is different because we played 10 games in five days, it was intense and fun."

Former Pakistan all-rounder, Mudassar, said the real test for any player came out in the middle.

"You can coach them in the nets but the real test comes in the matches, how well they perform under pressure," he said.

"The standard was very good. There were three or four players in this tournament who I think will play for Leicestershire."

Under-10s – Best batsman: Zubin Bandi (119 runs); Most promising batsman: Oliver Dunford; Best bowler: Rajvaden Kandage (15 wickets); Most promising bowler: Saish Diggler; Best fielder: Keshav Sthanakiya; Best wicketkeeper: Aidan Major. Player of the tournament: Shilpesh Gawade (148 runs, 17 wickets); Champagne moment: Arush Buchake (three sixes in last over to win match). Winners: CCA Steelbacks.

Under-12s – Best fielder: Oliver Bunce; Best wicketkeeper: Thomas Haward; Most promising wicketkeeper: Max Beech; Best bowler: Molly Rossiter (15 wickets); Most promising bowler: William Pepper; Best batsman: Ethan La Porta (139 runs); Most promising batsman: Arush Buchake (110 runs); Champagne moment: Zubin Bandi, Thomas Haward, Patrick Horne (hat-trick each); Most promising: Jacob Taylor (111 runs, nine wickets). Winners: CCA Rapids.

Under-14s – Best batsman: Harry Pounds (392 runs); Most promising batsman: Aman Adavani (ICC Dubai); Best bowler: Vandan Shah (20 wickets); Most promising bowler: Josh Moore; Best fielder: Siddhant Agarwal; Champagne moment: Will Legg (hat-trick); Player of the tournament: Karamvir Nanuwa. Winners: CCA Sunrisers.

Under-17s – Best batsman: James Pakora; Most promising batsman: Tanish Vaze; Best bowler: James Robson; Most promising bowler: Amit Gupta; Best fielder: James Finley; Best wicketkeeper: Shankar Bala; Player of the tournament: Priyesh Thakrar; Champagne moment: Rohan Kelkar.

 

England cricketers pass on cricket tips to girls

A celebration of women’s cricket took place at the City Cricket Academy with more than 30 girls participating in a training session led by England women cricketers.

The players, aged between eight and 16, took part in the free-to-attend Girls’ Masterclass held at the academy last month and organised in conjunction with Narborough and Littlethorpe Cricket Club.

The trainers included England women’s cricketers Sonia Odedra, Tammy Beaumont and Rebecca Grundy along with national women’s coach and former Leicestershire player Carl Crowe.

Sonia also works at the City Cricket Academy as Operations Manager and was the first girl to play in the Leicestershire Everards Premier League.

She said: “Women’s cricket is on the rise with more and more girls playing the sport – there were almost 60,000 participants in the country last year.

“At the CCA, we believe everyone should enjoy playing the game. This Girls’ Masterclass is a further demonstration of our inclusive vision of cricket.”

India tour inspires

A group of young cricketers from City Cricket Academy have returned “inspired” from a tour to India having gained an invaluable experience.

A total of 12 young players aged between 12 and 17 visited the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC), in Bangalore, during the February half-term holiday as part of a ten-day tour.

They played cricket for up to eight hours a day during the intensive training camp, which included sessions focusing on improving fielding as well as batting and bowling techniques.

Touring party member Conor Sherrard, from Leicester, who plays in the 15-17 age group, said: “I loved the tour, it was really amazing. I worked on facing spin and got to spend a lot of time at the crease. I think my batting has really improved against spinners as a result. I’m really looking forward to the new season, the tour has really given me a lot of confidence.”

Cricketer Lucy Higham, 17, added: “The passion they have for the sport is truly inspirational and is something that will remain with me and motivate me throughout. Knowing how hard others are working pushes you to work harder and their commitment is not only a credit to themselves, but also to KIOC and the coaches.”

Fellow promising youngster Harry Swindel, 16, from Narborough, said: “Facing a variety of top quality bowlers and batting for long periods was a great experience. This was my second tour to India with the CCA, it was a fantastic.”

CCA Director and tour organiser Don Bhagawati, who accompanied the young cricketers, said: “Our latest tour to India has been another huge success, with every player enhancing their skills repertoire and broadening their cricketing horizons.

“They have come back inspired and are looking forward to putting their newly-acquired skills to the test when the new cricket season starts.”

Read about the tour on the Leicester Mercury’s website

An invitation from Matthew Hoggard MBE

I would to invite you to join me next month at one of our Presentation Evenings where you can find out about a fantastic opportunity to tour Dubai this autumn.

Training and playing in a different country in unfamiliar conditions not only develops cricketing skills but it also enriches the life of a young cricketer – this is an exclusive opportunity to experience life as a top-class cricketer.

The dates for the Presentation Evenings are:

  • Monday 11th May
  • Monday 18th May

Both presentations run from 6pm to 7.30pm and take place at the City Cricket Academy, 8 Commercial Square, Freemens Common, Leicester, LE2 7SR. You will find out more about the tours to Dubai’s ICC Academy and we can answer any questions you may have.

Regards

Matthew Hoggard MBE

The City Cricket Academy has teamed up with cricketing superstar Matthew Hoggard MBE in this new venture specialising in international tours, masterclasses and coaching.

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CCA’s Sonia faces Australia

CCA’s Sonia Odedra is preparing to face Australia in England Women’s Academy tour to Dubai.

The 26-year-old has been named in a 14-strong squad to play against Australian Women’s Shooting Stars in four 50-over matches and two Twenty20s.

She joined up with the squad on Monday to jet out to the Persian Gulf, with the first 50-over match scheduled for Thursday, April 9.

Sonia, who opens the batting for Nottinghamshire, took two wickets on her senior England debut in 2014 as the Three Lions lost by six wickets to India.

Don Bhagawati, CCA Director, said: “We are all very proud of Sonia and wish her luck in this tour. It’s a phenomenal achievement to represent your country.

“We see first hand how talented Sonia is everyday at the CCA, so we have no doubt she has the ability to make a big impression against Australia.”

Read more about Sonia’s international exploits on Leicester Mercury’s website, click here.

Scintillating cricket

The brand of cricket played in the semi-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup has been scintillating.

What a finish in the New Zealand, South Africa semi. Well played Grant Elliott and how fitting it was that he sent the co-hosts through after sending the penultimate ball sailing into the crowd.

And again more top-class cricket was on display from Australia in the second semi against India, with Steve Smith’s mighty 100 and high-class bowling from Mitchell Starc.

These four nations have taken cricket as a sport to a new level, pushing the boundaries further and further. It’s a faster and more dynamic brand of cricket.

With flexibility, cunning guile and world-class ability, both the hosts have not just peaked at the right time but peaked throughout.

What is sad though, is how far England are behind the pack – light years. It’s evident that they have been left behind. We acted like a test team and played like a test team. That’s fine if you’re paying test match cricket.

It feels like we’ve missed the bus or not even been invited to the party! And what a party, a festival of cricket, where innovation and ingenuity have been showcased at the one day game’s highest level.

Cricket has changed for the better, but England have been left playing catch up.

May the best team win in the final. Whoever wins, cricket has been a winner.

CCA team up with Hoggy

We have joined up with England Test legend Matthew Hoggard MBE to offer new and improved international tours, masterclasses and coaching.

A press conference was staged last month at the CCA to launch Matthew Hoggard Cricket, with journalists from Sky Sports, Cricket World, BBC Radio Leicester and the Leicester Mercury in attendance.

The tours to destinations including, Dubai, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka, will be open to all ages and abilities. They take place over the winter or early spring to prepare players for the cricket season and will normally be for a period of up to 12 days or more. There is also the opportunity to organise bespoke tours for clubs, schools or groups.

The first tour will take place in April and will visit Dubai’s ICC Cricket Academy described as the world’s leading cricket development, performance and education institution.

Hoggard, who finished with 248 Test victims and is still joint seventh in the all-time list of England’s highest wicket-takers, said the venture was a perfect opportunity to pass on his skills and techniques to the next generation.

He said: “Touring is such a major factor in the development of a young cricketer, training and playing abroad pushes you out of your comfort zone, hones your skills and provides invaluable experience.

“I have teamed up with the City Cricket Academy to launch this venture because I believe in the benefits of touring and want to ensure more and more youngsters experience touring.”

The first tours will go to Dubai and take place over the following dates:

  • Tour 1: 16th to 25th October, 2015
  • Tour 2: 23rd October to 1st November, 2015

For more information about the tours, visit the Hoggy Cricket website.

Read about the launch of Matthew Hoggard Cricket on the Leicester Mercury’s website.

Dubai Tour 2014

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Our annual tour to Dubai took place from 17th to 26th October during the school half term holiday. CCA squad travelled to UAE and our host was the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy.

The facilities at the ICC, Dubai Sports City are probably the world’s best high performance centre and we were privileged to share the same facilities with the international cricketers from Australia and Pakistan during our time at the ICC Academy.

Our youngsters played in six matches and had three coaching sessions including two Master Classes with former Test Cricketer and Head Coach at ICC, Mudassar Nazar. All the boys worked very hard and showed lots of improvement. Emphasis was also given on playing spin which is something international batsman constantly working on. Playing under floodlights at ICC was a very special experience.

Alongside cricket we also took time out to do sightseeing which included a memorable visit to the Shyam Bhatia Cricket Museum where legendary cricketers have personally visited. An afternoon watching the Test match between Australia and Pakistan was also very enjoyable.

We wrapped up our tour with a cricket tournament organised by the Desert Cubs.

Congratulations to all the youngsters for a fantastic tour.

Dubai – we will be back!!

Local cricket: Young Indian team take the honours at Academy event

It quickly became apparent that there was only ever going to be one winner in City Cricket Academy’s under-14 tournament at Leicester Grammar School.The team of young Indian players from Cricket Next Academy/Bishop’s School in Pune duly obliged.After working their way through to the final, where they faced CCA Firebirds, they won the toss and batted first, scoring 144-6 in 20 overs.

Kaushal Tambe and Nisarg Desai made 48 and 47 not out respectively to lead a recovery from 24-4.Their spinners were then spot on and bowled the Firebirds out for only 45, Kaushal and Nisarg picking up three wickets each.

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Cricket Tour to KIOC, India – Report

Twelve cricketers recently returned from a Development Tour to Bangalore, India, as part of their pre-season preparation.

We have been running similar tours to India and Dubai for the past few years to give much needed exposure playing in different conditions and on different pitches. The tour also gave an excellent opportunity to experience different culture.

bangalore 3 300x225Along with the youngsters, two professional cricketers from Northamptonshire County Cricket Club – Stephen Peters (the Northants captain) and David Murphy joined the tour.

All the players had the opportunity to play cricket for eight hours a day which included batting sessions against quality local bowlers, video analysis, specialist fielding and fitness. The experience was extremely valuable and youngsters in the touring party showed lots of improvement.

Various guest coaches, mainly former First Class cricketers, were invited to coach the touring party and the highlight was meeting Indian batting legend G.R Vishwanath who took time to speak to the youngsters.

Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) who hosted the tour, and their Director/head coach Irfan Sait, ensured that the tour was both educational and enjoyable.

The professionals from Northants, in particular Stephen Peters, spoke to the youngsters about what it was like to be aindia koc 300x225 professional cricketer and the dedication required to play at a higher level. Peters said he would be recommending to his Northants team mates that they go on future City Cricket Academy tours as he felt the experience and amount of cricket he had during his time in Bangalore would really help him in the coming season.

The tour wasn’t all about cricket. As part of the wider learning and development for young cricketers that takes place on our tours, we have been fortunate to partner with an orphanage in Bangalore and the young tourists visited the orphanage during this trip. The orphanage does inspiring work with underprivileged children, providing shelter, basic amenities and education. Everyone was touched by the spirit of the kids at the orphanage.

Next cricket development tour will be in October half term to Dubai! Information coming soon..

Sonia in England Squad for Test

The City Cricket Academy is celebrating after Sonia Odedra was named in the England women’s squad to face India in a one-off Test match this week.

The seam bowler, who plays her county cricket across the border with NottinghamSonia+Odedra+

shire, is operations manager at the Academy on Freeman’s Common, where she also coaches.

The game against the touring side is at the beautiful Wormsley ground in Buckinghamshire and starts on Wednesday.

Odedra, who is 26, joined forces with the CCA five years ago and has made excellentprogress in that time leading to her call into the England side. “This is the first time someone has made it to the top from our academy,” said delighted CCA director Don Bhagawati. “She started five years back and I predicted that she would play for England then.

“She was the first girl to play Premier League cricket in the Everards League as well. She is a role model for the community as well. Lots of youngsters look up to her and there are already a few girls who want to follow her footsteps.

“Sonia has worked hard and somewhere down the line we have helped a little.”

Odedra has already demonstrated her capabilities to the Indians. Last week she took 3-28 from 15 overs for the England Academy at Loughborough in a two-day game against the tourists.

Odedra has featured in the Premier League for Hinckley once this summer taking 2-32. “She has been playing county cricket otherwise she would feature regularly in our first team at Hinckley on merit,” added Bhagawati.

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: info@citycricketacademy.co.uk  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