In a bid transform the annual SCLPS-Youth League Six – A – Side tournament into an exhilarating and more attractive cricket fixture, organizers Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj have spelt out several technical facets geared towards spuring growth of the cricket event.
According to SCLPS Youth League Convenor Vishal Bhojani, the idea is to attract more teams as well as create a unique atmosphere for play.
“Next year, we are hoping to give participants something different from what they are used to. The 13th and 14th editions attracted 18 and 20 teams respectively. This year we had 23 teams participating. We hope to have the next tournament under floodlights at our Patel Samaj venue,” explained Visahall.
Vishal says organizers are determined to ensure that the SCLPS Youth League Six-A-Side becomes the biggest Six-A-Side fixture in the region.
“Standards have been set and only the sky’s the limit,” quipped Vishal.
The Six-A-Side version of the game is played between two teams of six players apiece, and each game consists of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each side.
The SCLPS event was introduced by the club’s seniors in 2006 with 17 teams participating in the Inaugural event.
Vishal: “The tournament continues to grow in leaps and bounds and has since been a well-run show todate. The Six-a-side 2022 edition was a celebration of the 15 years of success and was proudly sponsored by Tiles and Carpet Ltd, Karsan Ramji and Sons well known as Ndovu Cement, Aggregates and Purple Dot International Ltd.”
This years edition featured a 3 Day (30th April 1 – May 2) program with 23 taking part.
This year’s tournament was played in two venues at Samaj grounds and the neighboring Ngara Sports Club.
“Our tournament is quite unique from others in the sense that there is something for everyone. This is because losers from the main event have the privilege to play in the plate event and still win a trophy. This is a tradition we have upheld for the last 15 years,” said Vishal adding: “Our Six Aside event is one of the most unpredictable tournaments on the cricket world. It’s a six aside and any one can rise to the occasion. It’s not over here until it’s over, so it’s always a wait and see situation. Bit all in all, best of luck to all and sundry, every edition is always another great feeling to bring the cricket fraternity together.”
MERITORIOUS AWARDS 2022 SCLPS-YOUTH LEAGUE SIX – A – SIDE TOURNAMENT
Best Batsman – Sachin Bhudia (Kanbis)
Best Bowler – Rahul Harish (Cutchi Red)
Best Fielder – Madhur Varma (Cutchi Orange)
Highest No. Of Sixes – Rakep Patel (Kanbis)
Highest Team Score – Kanbis Blue
Best Perfomance- Rahul Harish (CutchI Red)- dedicated his award to Sumit Halai the SCLPS youngstar who scored multiple runs and wickets.
Runners Up – Nairobi Gymkhana A
Winners – S.C.L.P. Green
Runners Up – Cutchi Red
Winners – Kanbis Blue