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5 Jun

Successful Ramadan Cup raises £180 for the YCF

Last week the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation held its inaugural Ramadan Cup, with over 50 people from local Muslim communities taking part and £180 being raised for the foundation.

The format incorporated quicker informal play with minimal equipment required and adapted games to cater to the needs of the community.

Because the Muslim community were fasting at the time, we thought offering some competitive cricket would be a fantastic way to keep busy. It is a brilliant initiative in a shortened-tapeball format that keeps everyone on their toes!

The tournament was held across 3 days and 2 locations, with the first day being played in Beeston at Cross Flatts Park and the 2nd and 3rd day in Roundhay Park.

The first day at Beeston looked to be a wash out due to the early showers, however the weather brightened up and cricket was able to be played.

The tournament consisted of 6 teams, 3 from Beeston and 3 from Harehills, with 6 over games. The first day of cricket was excellent, all three teams played each other once and the cricket on show was competitive and fantastic.

The initiative of the tournament also encouraged the “oldies” of Beeston to come out and play as well which was nice to see! The first day saw two teams, Yorkshire Lions and JCLA Tigers advance to the finals day.

The second day was a complete washout, after a series of pitch and ground inspections it was deemed unsafe to be played on and therefore by the toss of a coin two of the teams from Harehills, One Ummah and Essar also advanced to the finals day.

The finals day also looked to be a non-starter but the teams were having none of it, despite constant rain showers the teams were still keen on having an evening of cricket. So that’s exactly what they got!

The semi-finals were tormenting for the Beeston teams, with both suffering heavy defeats against Essar and One Ummah, who both progressed into the final.

The final promised to be entertaining and competitive and it sure didn’t disappoint, both teams fought right down to the last ball and One Ummah picked up the victory and were crowned champions of the first Leeds Ramadan Tape-ball Competition.

After the eventful day, a member of the winning One Ummah team said:

I really enjoyed that! Short games, competitive and big sixes. It’s better than playing 40 overs and wasting a full day!

Each of the six teams paid a £25 entry fee, making £150 of the £180 raised. The money will go towards the foundation’s Catch Up Club, an initiative aimed at supporting people living with dementia and their carers.

For more information on how you can get involved with our participation programmes in Leeds and Bradford, email Sohail.raz@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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