KYCC SuperKings Champions of Summer-2014, TCC Colts Cricket League-Houston

Winners Super Kings

Winners Super Kings

HOUSTON: Triggers Cricket Club (TCC), Houston based non-profit organization, took initiative aimed at giving young children an opportunity to formally learn and play Cricket in a fun-loving environment of camaraderie, respect and sportsmanship.  To introduce and develop interest for Cricket amongst children of greater Houston area, TCC organized an inaugural TCC Colts Cricket League (TCCL) summer tournament 2014 for children ages 8-12 years from May to July (2014). Over Seventy children joined five participating teams namely Cubs, Wild Cats, KYC Super Kings, KYC Knight Riders and NT Texans.  Dedicated Team Coaches scheduled training sessions to teach Cricket fundamentals and scrimmage games to prepare for league games.  Games were played at Matzke Park, Canyon Gate Park and Paul Rushing Park.

All five teams played the league games with Great Spirit and competition. Super Kings, Texans, Cubs and Wild Cats reached the playoffs based on their performances.  On  July 12, Playoff games Super Kings versus Wild Cats at Paul Rushing Park and Cubs versus Texans at Matzke Park. Super Kings and Texans won their respective games and reached into the Championship finals.  The Grand Finale to crown the Triggers Colts Summer Champions 2014 season started with a spectacular celebrations and a huge family picnic at Matzke Park on July 19. TCC invited family and friends of all youngsters to watch the grand finale, while having fun at the family picnic.

Championship and Plate finals were witnessed by very enthusiastic and supportive crowd of over 200. Parents, Grandparents and siblings came in big number to support their children and team with banners, horns, whistles and drums. Raffle draws were conducted before the Championship game and during drink breaks, with many exciting prizes to give away. Plate final to determine 3rd Place in the league was played between Wild Cats and Cubs, prior to the Championship final. Cubs scored 46 runs in 10 overs and Wildcats defeated Cubs by 6 wickets in 9.2 overs. Championship final was played between the two best teams of the tournament, Super Kings and Texans,  Texans won the toss and put the Super Kings into bat. At the end of 10 overs Super Kings had a defendable score of 38 runs on the board. Texans chased scored consistently to get closer to the Championship needing only 9 runs to win in last over. Super Kings crossed the line with good final over and won by 4 runs.

Presentation party included Chief Guest Brian Hodgden and his wife, Guest of Honor Sakhi Muhammed, TCC President Nanda Kumar, TCC VP Krishna Sikharam, TCC Secretary Nataraj Rao and TCCL Program Director  Surya Saladi. TCC Secretary welcomed Hodgden and Muhammed for their encouragement and presence. Surya Saladi presented a plaque as token of appreciation to Chief Guest Hodgden.

Coaches from all five teams were recognized for their efforts to build such team spirit amongst these young cricketers. Man of the match trophies for each league games, Play-off games and Championship Final were awarded. Top performers of various categories Rohit (League MVP) Arya (Finals MVP), Prateer (Best Batsman), Arir (Best Bowler) and Numair (Best Fielder) were recognized with award trophies. KYC Super Kings won the TCC Colts Cricket League 2014 Championship Trophy and the League Champions Trophy.

As the TCCL inaugural tournament comes to an end, planning for next step has already commenced. TCCL is planning to expand to 8 teams playing in 4 grounds throughout greater Houston area from 2015. An effort like this requires support and TCC thanks Wells Fargo and KPIT for their generous support for the inaugural TCCL tournament and would like to invite others to come forward to support this children’s cricket in Houston.

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