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Pakistan triumph again at a buzzing Inner City World Cup at Lord's
Aug 24, 2012
Following the excitment of the recent test series at Lord's, the 7th annual Cricket for Change Inner City World Cup (ICWC is sponsored by INVESTEC) took place at the MCC Academy.
The eight teams that took part included: in Group A - India, Afghanistan, INVESTEC and the West Indies; and in Group B - England, a C4C President's team, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The early group games set the pace and excitment for the day with England and Pakistan making it through to the Semi Finals from Grp. B.
However, Group A was not quite so clear cut. As India, Afghanistan and the West Indies won an equal amount of group games, it all led to a tension and competitive filled 'Bowl Out'. India and the West Indies were the lucky two to win through leaving a disappointed but proud Afghanistan team the ones to miss out.
If the early part of the day had been exciting, then the arrival of 'DJ Davey Diamond' really got the party started!
The Indoor School at Lord's was buzzing with music, cheering and fast paced Street20 cricket, perhaps in stark contrast to the match taking place outisde on the Nursery ground between The Authors CC and an Actors XI - or does it show the power of the game of cricket to engage with those from different backgrounds and both young and old?
The semi finals finished with victories for England and Pakistan. A tight and tense final ensued with England needing 12 runs off the last over (always possible in 'Street20'). However, they fell just short so Pakistan were the winners by a narrow 6 runs giving them with a second succssive tournament victory.
Following a fine curry lunch the afternoon saw all the teams mixed up and an opportunity to play with and get to know others with whom they had been battling against earlier in the day. This is the most important part of the day, a chance to realise the social impact that the game of cricket and in particular, 'Street20' has in being able to bring people from all backgrounds and walks of life together.
The day also proved important as it was the first year that an 'all girls' team had been invited to play (they were the C4C President's team) and it was also the first year that 'DJ Davey Diamond' made an appearence.
Finally, a huge thank you to INVESTEC, for without their support the day could not have happened and thanks to the MCC Academy and to Alex Bassan, C4C Development Coach for co-ordinating the day.