India beat England to win Crossgates Mini World Cup
On Saturday 25th May the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation hosted a ‘Mini World Cup’ in partnership with Crossgates Cricket Club.
The event attracted over 150 people, young and old, and was kicked off with the opening of the brand new Leeds Glass Pavilion which was officially opened by Eileen Taylor, the new Lord Mayor of Leeds.
The event helped bring communities from different backgrounds together using cricket and the World Cup to support Crossgates CC in building community cohesion around the Crossgates area.
The tournament consisted of three teams: England, India and a Pakistan/World XI, with the players competing in 10 over matches.
The first match of the day saw India post 120 from their allocated overs, a total that the Pakistan/World XI fell just short of.
Following the loss, Pakistan/World XI faced England knowing they had to win to stay in the tournament, but unfortunately for them they fell just short by a similar margin.
Before the final commenced, there were planned games and activities for young boys and girls to get involved and really feel part of a lovely community day.
In the final England faltered after a good start, losing wickets at regular intervals and India cashed in to keep them at a below average total.
As India came out to bat they looked confident and after losing 4 wickets chased down the score with ease. A special mention must go to 13-year old England bowler Jojo Harker, who conceded just five runs in a superbly bowled over.
After the game it was lovely to see all the players and non-players networking and socialising, a brilliant day overall and fantastic to see the great community spirit.
Our thanks go to all the volunteers at Crossgates for the smooth running of the day, as well as the sponsors and all of the players for taking part.
You can hear Paul Harker and Andrew Swallow of Crossgates discussing the event on BBC Radio Leeds by clicking this link, which takes you to the iPlayer website. The pair start speaking roughly 18 minutes in.
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