Celebration for Gladiators as they retain trophy
Leeds Gladiators are celebrating after retaining the LPL Hundred Trophy.
The LPL Hundred is an action-packed 100 ball cricket competition made simpler – 100 balls per team, most runs wins, run by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) in partnership with Leeds Premier League (LPL).
This year’s final saw the Leeds side retain the trophy after a narrow victory over Men In Blue (MIB) at Castleford Cricket Club on Sunday, 12 September.
The show piece event was reduced to 50 balls aside due to light fading and clouds getting darker after semi-finals had been played earlier in the day.
Leeds Gladiators, who beat Royal Wakefield Indians in the first semi-final earlier in the day, won the toss and elected to bat first and posted a spirited total of 81 from their 50 balls.
Leeds’ batter Arvind Nijampure enjoyed time in the middle of the innings scoring 26 from 14 balls and was well supported by Arjun Ramkumar who chipped in with 23.
With the uncertainty looming over us earlier this year due to the pandemic it was refreshing to see our communities provided with the opportunity of getting together, watch and play cricket as well as get involved in other activities for the rest of the families – Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
MIB, who celebrated victory over Hyde Park Eagles in the semi-finals, started badly as the side lost a wicket in the first over however a couple of healthy partnerships looked to put them in sight of the required total – with player Gaurav the top scorer with 26 runs.
However, the Gladiators’ bowlers stepped up to the mark – with Hari Seehra and Maddy Basavaraj starring with two of wickets each – and in a nail-biting finish MIB ended up 15 runs short.
Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager for the YCF, who helped organise the tournament said, the competition had brought communities together after a difficult period during the pandemic.
He said: “The LPL Hundred tournament has been brilliant this year, with the uncertainty looming over us earlier this year due to the pandemic it was refreshing to see our communities provided with the opportunity of getting together, watch and play cricket as well as get involved in other activities for the rest of the families.
“Next year we will be looking to take the next step and make it bigger and better!”
As part of the special showpiece event the crowd enjoyed some exciting cricket, delicious food and plenty to do for all the family.
A highlight was the Yorkshire Cricket Throwshow inflatable to keep the kids entertained and improve their throwing.
While people also enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the ICC Men’s and Women’s Cricket World Cup trophies on display.
The two trophy West Yorkshire leg of the tour, run by Sports Management Consultancy – STREETS in collaboration with the English Cricket Board (ECB) and Yorkshire County Cricket Club (Yorkshire CCC), will move onto various locations in Bradford from this Friday, 17 September before finishing this weekend.
The LPL Hundred Finals day 2021
Leeds Gladiators (170 runs off 100 balls) beat Royal Wakefield Indians (121 off 100 balls)
Men in Blue (MIB) (130 off 100 balls) beat Hyde Park Eagles (102 off 100 balls)
For the future the YCF aims to make the competition bigger and better – to find out more about our LPL Hundred competition, and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager, for the YCF, on: