Bangladesh win ICWC 2010 and the World XI make good impression
This year’s Inner City World Cup (ICWC), which again took place in the Indoor School at Lord’s Cricket Ground, included teams from the West Indies, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, Afghanistan and one from the tournament’s sponsor, INVESTEC. The ICWC, which began in 2005, was started to give young people in London a sense of identity and prestige by representing their country and at that time the Tapeball programme (now C4C’s Street20’) had just got off the ground and C4C were very keen to put on a major event that would be in the cricketing calendar for years to come. The ICWC has always been at Lord’s and we have worked closely with the MCC indoor cricket school management in ensuring it is a success year after year. The children that take part come mainly from the ‘Streetchance programme’ but others hear about the event from their friends and so want to come and play. The winners of the 2010 tournament were Bangladesh as they overcame Afghanistan in the final. The Bangladesh Captain, Soyfur, an exciting all rounder and excellent fielder, won the ‘Player of the Day’ award.
The 2010 event was watched and enjoyed by many spectatators, including the London Metropolitan Police (with whom C4C work with on the ‘StreetChance’ programme).
Following ICWC, a Cricket for Change World XI was selected to play a T20 fixture against Sawbridgeworth CC from the Hertfordshire Cricket League late in the summer. The World XI were represented on the day by players from the England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West indies and Afghanistan teams that played in the ICWC . Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club are a strong Hertfordshire league outfit and included some young 1st XI players and their Sri Lankan overseas player who has played international matches. At the end of the 19th over the World XI only needed 18 to win but lost their last wicket with 4 balls remaining with the score on 136. On reflection it was a good all round performance against some high quality and experienced league players, The Sawbridgeworth opening batsman commented that Luke Remice, the 15 year old West Indian opening bowler for the World XI, was as good as anyone they have come across playing 2nd XI league cricket and will be a player for the future. A special thanks must go out to Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club who made us feel very welcome and went to the effort of putting out the strongest possible team for the World XI to match up against. The Cricket for Change World XI look forward to playing Sawbridgeworth again during the Hertfordshire club’s 2011 cricket week