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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.
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
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
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