Positive Youth Foundation took three youth teams on their first ever cricket tournament and for some it was their first ever competitive match, outside of their weekly session games. They were given the privilege of representing their city as an added bonus against city rivals Birmingham. The tournament was held at Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham and was divided into three tournaments based on ages, first one being primary school, second one being secondary school ages and the last one being sixth form students.
‘I can’t believe that he doesn’t play cricket regularly, he is so good’,
Aasim Aziz (Birmingham Chance to Shine Coach) asking about Muaaz Patel
We took two teams for the secondary school tournament and one for the primary. The primary tournament consisted of three teams including our very own, the format was every team played each other twice and then a final. Our youngsters won four out of four and the other two teams scrapped out for a place in the final by who had scored more runs in the tournament between them since they both only won one out of four. Going into the final we were firm favourites, even more so after we made 63, 30 more than the average score but unfortunately we lost in the last over. Likewise, with the secondary tournament we played a very strong Birmingham side in the final, requiring four runs to win and three to draw off the last delivery, we were only able to manage two runs. Losing by one.
However, the attitude, behaviour and passion on display from all Coventry teams was there for everyone to see, with most spectators including coaches from Birmingham being shocked that most of our players didn’t play cricket seriously nor did they see it as their first sport. Aasim Aziz (Birmingham Chance to Shine Coach) said ‘I can’t believe that he doesn’t play cricket regularly, he is so good’, when asked about Muaaz Patel (11) who later on in the week was awarded with a Positive Youth Foundation player of the tournament award for his outstanding contribution to the team as both a captain and participant as on more than one occasion he corrected and helped the umpires on field alter their decision even though it was at a disadvantage to his own team. This just one incident where the youngsters we took did us all proud. Ever since that tournament our numbers for our weekend cricket sessions that are completely free have increased steadily in the wake of their success and the potential for more silverware and the pride of representing your city in national and regional tournaments. The next tournament is in the April half term so if you’re willing to play in a fast, inclusive, tape ball cricket tournament and you’re between the ages of 8-18, then come on down to either our Saturday session at Sidney Stringer school from 1 till 2:30pm or alternatively the Sunday session at AT7 Centre also from 1 till 2:30pm