Auckland's Migrant Community Cricket Club (MCCC) is bringing the 23rd edition of Relianz Forex Spirit of Cricket Tournament back for cricket enthusiasts in the community.
One of the oldest running community cricket tournaments in Auckland was started in 1998 and has only grown in numbers over the last two decades.
MCCC Spirit of Cricket Tournament has been a go-to place for the summer season when Sunday mornings are earmarked for cricket. What started off as a fun get together years ago has evolved into a serious tournament and a nurturing ground for future cricketers.
Last year the knockout rounds were impacted due to Covid-19, and the 11-team tournament was prematurely wound up.
The impact of that is still being felt as some of the teams are unable to get their full quota of players as their teammates are stuck overseas.
Despite these challenges, this year's tournament has got off to a great start on from Sunday, Nov 22. The tournament usually hosted at Auckland Domain has a new starting point at Mt Wellington War Memorial Park, Domain is undergoing renovations.
Nine teams are making up this year's tournament, two down from last year. Previous season's joint holders AIS United, and Telangana Boys along with the runner-up Telugu Tigers and Mighty Blue will be joined by Tamil Thunders, Deccan Acers, Rising Stars with the newbie Spearheads and the long-standing team of TUFXI.
The matches at Mt Wellington War Memorial Park starts 9 a.m. every Sunday and tournament will have its year-end break on from Dec 27, 2020, and Jan 3, 2021.
"We encourage everyone to come and enjoy with your family at the picturesque grounds next to the sea.
"Thanks to the tournament sponsor Relianz Forex for their continued support along with Auckland Cricket, Criclubs and media partner the Indian Weekender.
"Without these and the community groups this tournament would not have reached this far," chairperson of MCCC Prashant Belwalkar said.
People can also follow fixtures, weekly team points, winners, best batsmen, bowlers and other information about the tournament LIVE on MCCC website.
As of 22 November, four league matches were held in which AIS defeated NZ Telugu Tigers, Telangana Boyz beat Spearheads, Deccan Rising Stars beat TUF XI and Ata Tamil Thunders beat Deccan Acers.
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