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20 Sep

Celebration for Kirklees after YCF Hundred win

Kirklees-based side Kashmir Tigers are celebrating after winning the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) Hundred – Adults trophy.

The YCF Hundred is an action-packed new 100 ball cricket competition made simpler – 100 balls per team, most runs wins.

The competition is run by YCF in partnership with Leeds Premier League, Quaid e Azam Sunday Cricket League, Cricket Arena and Birkby Rose Hill CC through our core cities programme – in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, and areas of Kirklees.

This year’s community final saw the Kirklees team win the trophy after a narrow victory over Firth Park Warriors from Sheffield, on Sunday, 4 September, at Scarborough Cricket Ground.

Kashmir Tigers, who beat Leeds side United Friends Cricket Club (UFCC) in the first semi-final earlier in the day, won the toss and elected Firth Park to bat first.

Opening batter Yousaf Ali, the standout in Firth Park’s semi-final victory over Keighley Knight Riders, found himself out for a duck in the title fight, but fellow opener Arman Ahmed and number three batter and Super Five Hero Hamzah Younis helped to steady the ship.

Thanks to outstanding bowling from Kashmir’s Mirza Mobin and his team Warriors were held to a respectable score of 125.

Tigers chase was off to a strong start thanks to batters Ibrar Hussain and Rahul P, with Warrior’s bowlers losing half of their game in the first 25 balls.

Hussain was knocked out by Rizwan Ishfaq following his quick 16 off just 8 balls, which brought M Akhmal to the crease. Rahul P and M Akhmal batted freely, and Rahul and Wasin Qasim guided their team to the victory.

Player of the match was awarded to Rahul P for his brilliant batting display.

As part of the special showpiece event the crowd enjoyed some exciting cricket and delicious food at Scarborough Cricket Ground.

This year saw more than 350 players taking part in The Hundred in the community adult competition across Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Sheffield.

Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for YCF, and co-organizer of the Leeds LPL regional league and Yorkshire Hundred Final, said this year’s final was enhanced by hosting it at Scarborough CC Club’s ground.

He said: “A lot of the players that took part hadn’t been to Scarborough before let alone the ground, so it was fantastic for them to have this opportunity.

“We are hoping to play again next year at Scarborough CC… we have created a good working relationship with Scarborough CC and are hopeful this will happen again at this iconic venue.

“We received lots of positive feedback from the players showing their appreciation of having the opportunity to play at a county ground and the organisation of the day.”

The whole experience was faultless from start to finish – participant from the YCF Hundred Adult competition

Earlier in the day…

Semi-Final 1: United Friends CC v Kashmir Tigers
UFCC: 119/8 (100 balls) | Kashmir Tigers: 122/3 (89 balls)

United Friends Cricket Club (UFCC), from Leeds, faced Kashmir Tigers, from Kirklees, in the first semi-final.

On a windy morning, Tigers confidently decided to bowl first after winning the toss and took three early wickets for YFCC.

A partnership between Maddy (37) and Mani (40) helped the Leeds side back into the match but once this partnership ended, UFCC’s run rate fell.

Tigers’ bowling was too strong on the day with four of the Kirklees bowlers taking two wickets each.

There was early hope for UFCC in the chase with Tigers’ Rahul P, a crucial opener for them, and their number three batsman taken early.

But fellow opener Ibrar Hussain (46), and M Ali (45*) who came to bat at number four ensured that the required run rate never increased significantly.

They exploited the big boundaries while playing some exquisite strokes across the ground. With seven wickets in hand, the Tigers were able to complete the chase in just 89 balls, and M Ali was named the game’s Player of the Match for his unbeaten innings of 45 runs with a strike rate of 150.

Aravind Nijampure, The Captain of UFCC, said: “The whole experience was faultless from start to finish. Lovely Teas during noon.

“Everyone enjoyed varieties of sandwiches, pizza, nibbles, wedges, chips, and drinks. The staff are really amazing and so helpful. We didn’t had any issues during the tournament as everything was just tremendous.”

Semi-Final 2: Keighley Knight Riders (KKR) v Firth Park Warriors
KKR: 155/1 (100 balls) | Firth Park Warriors: 155/5 (100 balls)

After winning the toss and knowing the outcome of the first semi-final, Firth Park Warriors decided to field first.

Walid Akthar (59*) and Arjun Ram Kumar (67*), helped KKR post a respectable total of 155 for the loss of just one wicket – taken by Warriors’ bowler Rizwan Ishfaq.

Warriors got off to a strong start in the chase with the help of their top three batters, with stand out Yousaf Ali scoring a brilliant 63.

KKR bowlers rallied back and after Ali was dismissed batters Hedar R. and Zobair K. scored 9 off the first four balls when the last set of 5 needed 11 runs. When they needed two runs to win on the final ball, Zobair was run out while attempting to the second run thanks to some outstanding fielding from Warriors.

The only match across the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, and Kirklees Hundred Leagues to reach a Super Five was this one.

Super Five:

FPW: 2, 1, 1b, 1wd, 6, 6 (17/0) :: KKR: 2, 6, 1lb, 1wd, W, 0 (10/1)

Warriors batted first in compliance with the Super Five, scoring a whopping 17 runs with Hamzah Younis hitting two sixes off the final two deliveries.

KKR’s Danish Hussain hit a six on the second ball during their attempt to get 18 runs in five balls, adding excitement to the Super Five, but they were unable to score any boundaries on the final three balls of the set.

Warriors defeated KKR by 7 runs in the Super Five to get to the final. Hamzah Younis received the Player of the Match for his game changing knock.

The Hundred in the community

The YCF Hundred – Adults trophy is part of our The Hundred in the community work.

For the future the YCF aims to make the competition bigger and better – to find out more about our Hundred in the community work, and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager, for the YCF, on:

Email: sohail.raz@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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