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Cheetham Hill CC Triumphs in Second Annual ECB Core Cities Ramadan Cup

Lancashire Cricket Foundation recently hosted the second annual ECB Core Cities Ramadan cup final at Emirates Old Trafford.

Over the course of ten days, eight Lancashire-based teams engaged in competition, participating in five-over indoor games. Despite the challenges posed by the late hours, players observed the traditions of Ramadan, breaking their fast, offering prayers, and then taking to the pitch from 10pm to 1am, with each team playing three fixtures per night.

The tape ball styled games, lasting approximately 45 minutes each featuring innovative rules designed to entertain both players and spectators. Flashing stumps, electronic scoreboards, and well-matched groups further heightened the excitement and competitive atmosphere of the tournament.

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Ammar Ashraf, Urban Cricket Manager and tournament organizer, emphasized the importance of physical activity during Ramadan, particularly after prayers. He noted, "After last year's successful Ramadan Cup, we consulted with the Muslim community, who confirmed the importance of continuing the tournament, we know Ramadan is a very special month in the Islamic calendar, and it's important at Lancashire Cricket that we offer our support."

The success of the Ramadan Cup not only highlights the talent and dedication of local cricket teams but also underscores the spirit of unity within the community. The tournament, which commenced on March 18th, featured a total of 79 matches played over 10 nights, showcasing the enduring passion for cricket in Lancashire.

The participating teams, including Chadderton CC, NBCA (North Bangladeshi Cricket Association), Oldham Strikers, Rochdale Fusion, Ashton Tigers, Stallions, Cheetham Hill, and Manchester Titans, contributed to the tournament's success


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