THE annual Sewa Day cricket tournament and fun day returned for its 7th consecutive year, to raise £3,000 for a variety of worthy causes.

Organised by the Hindu Swayamsevak (HSS UK) of Basingstoke, Sewa UK, and the Basingstoke Hindu Society (BHS), the family fun event took place at May’s Bounty Cricket Club, Basingstoke.

The day began with a session of yoga, to relax all, followed by a cricket tournament with 16 teams competing for glory.

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The children enjoyed playing a range of games, as well as jumping on a bouncy castle.

All were rewarded with a much-deserved Indian homecooked meal to refuel them after the busy day.

Yogeshji Somawar, who helped organise the event, said: “Success on the cricket field echoes in the hearts of the community.

“A triumphant tournament not only showcases the spirit of the sport but also the generosity of our community. In the joy of victory and the warmth of charity raised, we find the true essence of a successful cricket event.”

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Bikramji, who also helped organise the day, said: "In the world of cricket, success resonates not just in winning games but in the generosity that arises.

"A victorious tournament not only celebrates the triumph on the pitch but also the compassionate support that raises funds for meaningful causes. It's more than a game; it's a journey of triumph and benevolence."

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Paul Harvey was in attendance along with the former Labour candidate for Basingstoke, David Lawrence, and former mayor Paul Miller.

The word ‘Sewa’ comes from Sanskrit language meaning ‘service’ or, to be more precise, ‘selfless efforts for welfare of all’.

The event was attended by more than 500 people from the area, raising £3,000 for local charity the Camrose Centre as well as the Fire Fighters Charity and Sewa UK.