With the indoor league now underway in Leeds, and Bradford’s competition starting in the coming weeks, read the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s round-up.

Leeds

The Leeds Indoor league has witnessed three weeks of thrilling cricket action, featuring some nail-biting games. In the 16-team tournament, the Wristy Strokers lead Group A with an impressive record of three wins in three matches with a number of their players contributing healthily with both bat and ball. They are closely followed by the Phoenix in second place.

Similarly, in Group B, the Lions have also secured three consecutive victories, propelling them forward. Shamas Hussain, the captain of the Lions said: “The indoor cricket league season so far has been great. With lots of fun and twists in the league games which has made it very competitive & fun to be part of. Our team is doing well, and we would like to continue this momentum and hopefully go onto lift the trophy.”

Billy Akhtar from JSH is the current MVP of the league, showcasing outstanding performances to get his run tally to 138 in only three games. The league is providing an opportunity for local cricket enthusiasts who don’t get much of an opportunity to play cricket due to various commitments.

Exciting fixtures await as the league progresses towards the knockout stage. Stay tuned for more updates on the 2023 Leeds Indoor league.

Bradford

The YCF Hardball Indoor league is due to start on the 5th of November 2023. After a successful couple of years of the tournament there has been a massive interest in the league and will consist of 20 teams this year, a 14 team increase from the previous year.

This year Bradford has been blessed with the new ECB Cricket Shield facility at Park Avenue which had a great turnout for its opening ceremony. The teams are looking forward to playing in the league in such a brilliant facility.

The facility has played a big part in attracting teams to the league which will run over 10 weeks. The teams will be divided into two groups of 10 where each team will play against each other, the top four of each group will qualify to the quarter finals.

Mohammad Hazifa, Community Development Officer in Bradford, was feeling fortunate to be able to plan his league at the new facility, here’s what he had to say: “It’s great to see so many teams wanting to take part in the league, we have had a successful few years running it but this year it is even bigger and hopefully more of a success. We have been provided with a one of its kind facility at Park Avenue and are looking to make the most of it and maximise its usage.”

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