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Neighbourhood team leader Ayesha Malik helped deliver trophy success for her cricket side at a charity event supported by Yorkshire Housing.

 Ayesha bowled the last over in the final of the International Women’s Cricket Tournament in Bradford on Sunday, August 18.

 Her Team Pakistan had scored 63 runs in 10 overs in front of a sold-out crowd that included film star Mehwish Hayat at the Park Avenue cricket ground.

 Opponents Team England were skittle​d out for 50 – with Ayesha at the crease for the crucial final over.

She said: “It was nerve wracking and fortunately I didn’t concede enough runs for them to win!”

 The tournament was held to raise money for charities including the Yorkshire Children’s Trust, Mind and Bradford Women’s Aid.

 There were four teams, Ayesha’s Team Pakistan plus Team Bradford, whom Yorkshire Housing sponsored, Team England and Team India.

 All the participants, women from various communities and backgrounds, had not played cricket competitively before.

 Team England edged Team Bradford by 82 runs to 81 in the first match and then Team Pakistan beat Team India.

 The two losing sides played a third-place play-off while Team England, skippered by Bradford councillor Vanda Greenwood, and Team Pakistan went through to the final.

 Team Pakistan are pictured with their trophy and Ayesha is also shown having just received a winner’s medal.

 Proceeds from the event, which topped £9,000, are to be split between the winning team’s chosen charity and renovations at the Park Avenue cricket ground.

 A separate GoFundMe page has also been set up so that the other nominated charities will receive a donation.

 The GoFundMe campaign, which can be found here, has raised £3,625 so far towards a target of £4,000.

Ayesha, pictured after receiving her medal, said the tournament was also about bringing the community together and added: “These are mostly ladies who’d never played cricket before.

 

“So it’s about learning new skills, helping build confidence and showing the enjoyment you can get from sport.

 

“A lot of the women have good careers in business and there’s a diversity of backgrounds.”​

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