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1 Sep

First of its kind tournament celebrates community

A first of its kind cricket tournament in Keighley has been a huge success in the local community.

Tapeball is a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape and is used in playing backyard cricket.

This modification of the tennis ball gives it greater weight, speed and distance while still being easier to play with than the conventional cricket ball.

The increasing popularity of the tape ball in informal, local cricket has transformed the way games are played.

Recently more than 400 people attended the first ever day/night floodlit tapeball tournament at the Marley Stadium in Keighley at the end of last month.

In total there were 13 teams, with a squad of eight players on the field for each game.

Congratulations to Pendle CC who became the winners of the inaugural tournament, after beating Azad in the final.

Azad set a target of 39 – 0 off four overs, which Pendle overcame with a total of 42-0 off 3.1 overs.

Man of the match was awarded to Pendle’s Nabeel Ahmed, while the player of the tournament was awarded to Hafiz Omar from Azad.

This shows how much passion there is for tournaments like these in the Bradford community – Zain Ul Abdin, the Community Development Officer for Bradford, for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

To reach the final Pendle chased down a total of 44-4 off four overs – set by Halifax in the semi-final while Azad set a taget of 65-1 off four overs which was too good for Games lounge who reached 47-3 off four overs.

A special thank you goes to Naheem Malik, the Secretary of Quaid e Azam Sunday cricket league and his team, who facilitated the fixtures between the teams on the day and took care of the umpiring and scoring for all the fixtures.

Hafeez Rehman, a spectator and the treasurer of the Quaid e Azam Sunday Cricket League, said: “It’s amazing to see these types of cricket events happening in Bradford and Keighley and you can see from the people who have stayed in great numbers till 2am what it means to the community to have these types of events.

“We appreciate the support Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) have provided in organising this and look forward to having more of these types of events.”

Zain Ul Abdin, the Community Development Officer for Bradford, for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, added: “The tapeball tournament was a huge success due to the amount of teams entered and the spectators who turned up in great numbers to watch the games being played.

“This shows how much passion there is for tournaments like these in the Bradford community.

“I am looking forward to organising more of these tournaments and events and carry on the partnerships with local organisations to benefit the community.”

Going forward for the YCF the aim now is to make these tournaments into more regular events and reach more people from every walk of life.

If you are interested in finding out more about our participation programmes, please contact Kendal James, the Participation Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on E: kendal.james@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

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