St Xavier's win Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016

Indian touring team St Xavier's Collegiate School from Kolkata headed to the City Cricket Academy (CCA) in Leicester last week to play in the prestigious Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016.

The Kolkata-based side flew in to take on youngsters around the country as part of the tournament, which they went on to win, largely as a result of their exceptional team spirit.

Don Bhagawati, director of the CCA, based in Freemans Common, Leicester, said: "We have excellent international relations and this tournament was a demonstration of this.

"St Xavier’s School showed some brilliant team spirit in the final and that really helped them to win the very competitive match.

"As well as inviting touring teams over, we regularly send some of most talented youngsters off to Dubai to enhance their ability at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.

"It’s important to have touring teams come over, it helps young English cricketers improve their game against a different style of play."

St Xavier's Collegiate School has a proud cricketing heritage, boasting ex-Indian captain Saurav Ganguly as a former pupil.

The team played against a team representing the academy and a team of selected talented school cricketers.

The three sides played each other in a round-robin contest with the top two - St Xavier's and CCA - reaching the final. CCA won both of their league matches before St Xavier's beat the Schools XI to join CCA in the final.

Batting first, St Xavier's reached 158 for eight in 35 overs with Mridul Sureka and Rik Sengupta making useful contributions despite the best efforts of Micael Javed (2-16), Kamran Jussab (2-14) and captain James Smallman (2-30).

In reply, CCA were dismissed for 144 in 34 overs and the game was closer than the scores suggest.

Archit Agarwal returned figures of three for 16 to bowl his side towards victory, which also earned him the man-of-the-match award as well as the award for the tournament's best bowler. Connor Sherrad was the best fielder and Albert Horae the best batsman.

They received their medals from ex-Leicestershire cricketers Carl Crowe and Laurie Potter.

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