On Sunday, 10 December, a multicultural Super 8s Cricket Carnival was organised by Scoresby Cricket Club at the Exner Reserve cricket ground in Scoresby. This carnival was supported by Cricket Victoria and the Knox City Council in order to promote diversity and inclusion. The tournament saw participation of four teams representing the Sant Nirankari Mission (SNM) or Oneness Mission, the Islamic Society of Melbourne Eastern Region (ISOMER), the Shree Swaminarayan Temple Satsang (SSTS) group and the Scoresby Cricket Club.
While the underlying theme of the day was cricket, it turned into a multicultural carnival where one could enjoy a variety of cuisines and music and meet and network with the supporters of each team. The event was a true example of unity in diversity and comradery, where even the on-field competitors were serving each other outside the field.
SNM Melbourne volunteers organised community lunch for all participants and their supporters, which demonstrated their true spirit of selfless service. Team ISOMER and SSTS also shared special food and sweets with all the spectators and other team members.
This eight-a-side tournament was played in round-robin format with teams batting for seven overs per inning. The team from Scoresby Cricket Club won the tournament. Team SSTS was the runner up and SNM team’s young cricketer—Master Shobit Rana was adjudged “Player of the Series” for his unbeaten score of 129 runs over three innings that he played that day.
In the final presentation, Scoresby Cricket Club appreciated the efforts of the volunteers and encouraged teams to meet and play more often. The organisers plan to make this an annual event as it proves to be a great enabler in bringing the Knox community together.
The writers are volunteers with SNM