Celebration for Sheffield after Yorkshire Cup win
Sheffield Dynamite are celebrating after winning the inaugural Yorkshire Indoor Cricket Softball Cup on the weekend.
This year’s Indoor Cricket Softball final saw the Sheffield side win the coveted cup after a comprehensive victory over Bradford Swat on Sunday, 27 March, at New College Bradford.
Sheffield, who beat Kirklees Supers 6s by 29 runs in the second semi-final earlier in the day, won the toss and elected to bat first and posted a spirited total of 123 runs with four out after 12 overs.
The integration in this tournament has been second to none. The fact that all these players have come together from different cities and different communities and have come to play this tournament in great – Zain Ul Abdin, the Community Development Officer for the YCF
Pictured, the winning Sheffield Dynamite team
South Yorkshire batter Nazakat Khan tallied an impressive 27 runs off just 19 balls while Arsalan Tariq was close behind with 25 runs off 23 balls.
Bradford, who celebrated victory over Leeds Gladiators in the first semi-finals with a four wicket win, were overpowered and totalled 72 for six with player Alam Shah the top scorer with 26 from 28 balls.
Sheffield Captain Jawad Akhtar, 23, who was awarded player of the match, said: “I feel ecstatic, I’m very happy that we won the very first ever Yorkshire Indoor Cup.
“It was a tough ride to get here with the semi-finals with Kirklees, they were an amazing opponent and in the final Bradford was also an amazing opponent.”
Pictured: Sheffield Captain Jawad Akhtar who was awarded player of the match.
Sheffield Dynamite, Bradford Swat, Leeds Gladiators and Kirklees Super 6s made the showpiece final after winning respective regional leagues with 26 teams taking part across the four cities and playing for up to eight weeks as part of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s indoor cricket competition.
The leagues provide the opportunity to play more formalised cricket, but within the community local to participants.
After researching the areas and barriers to playing sport, the session dates and times were tailored around this and provided at low cost.
This year saw a collaboration with Kirklees and the expansion of the league to Sheffield and it will be the first time that winners from all the cities will meet.
Next year we will be looking to continue to expand the competition wider still and make it bigger and better! – Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for YCF
Pictured, runners-up Bradford Swat
Zain Ul Abdin, the Community Development Officer for the YCF, who helped organise the league in Bradford and the Yorkshire Cup final, said: “The best thing about the finals is that it’s about all the cities coming together.
“It’s been played in a very friendly environment and friendly spirit. It’s been brilliant to see the different talent from each area with everyone giving it their best to get their hands on the trophy.
“The integration in this tournament has been second to none. The fact that all these players have come together from different cities and different communities and have come to play this tournament is great.”
Pictured, from left to right: Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Soyeb Kayat, Core Cities Development Officer for Yorkshire Cricket Board, Hamzah Hussain, Community Development Officer for the YCF and Zain Ul Abdin, the Community Development Officer for the YCF
The Yorkshire Indoor Cricket Softball Cup is part of the YCF’s Core Cities programme – run in conjunction with the English Cricket Board’s (ECB) action plan to engage South Asian communities – which aims to increase participation in formal and informal games of Cricket as well as training and recruiting volunteers from local communities.
Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for YCF, said: “Here at the Foundation, we are committed to helping tackling health inequalities using the power of Cricket as a hook.
“Next year we will be looking to continue to expand the competition wider still and make it bigger and better!”
To find out more about our Indoor Cricket Leagues and Core Cities programme please contact Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager on:
Winners: Sheffield Dynamites
Final: Sheffield Dynamites: 123/4 | Bradford Swat: 72/6 – Sheffield win by 51 runs
Semi-final 1: Leeds Gladiators 66/6 | Bradford Swat: 67/2 – Bradford win by 4 wickets
Semi-final 2: Sheffield Dynamites: 85/6 | Kirklees Super 6S: 56/6 – Sheffield win by 29 runs