USA August 30, 2007

Cricket comes to Magnuson Park, Seattle





Jeety Sandhu, of the Seattle Cricket Club © Seattle Times

Seattlites more used to baseball were introduced to the finer game recently, when Worcestershire's Over-50s toured the city.

The players, all over 50, matched up against Seattle Cricket Club on Wednesday for a five-hour-long event at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Worcestershire scored 135; Seattle scored 124.

There was also a break for a proper high tea in the afternoon — complete with little cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes and, of course, tea — set up right on the playing field.

"It's a social event rather than a competitive one," said Bunti Sarai, president of the Seattle Cricket Club, which plays against British guests once every three or four years.

At the Seattle Cricket Club, formed in the 1960s as part of a competitive league from British Columbia, there are about 100 playing members ranging from 13 years old to 71.

Read the full story at the Seattle Times

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • josh gibson on September 3, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    I think that the USA has to get young people in to the game not over 50's with this age it doesn't help cricket in the country they need to get 20/20 cricket in the country somewere at schools so they can play have fun even have things like music playing in the background.

  • Chris G on August 31, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    I am very happy to see cricket thriving in parts of America. Interesting that the Seattle cricket club plays in the BC League. Therefore they travel internationally just to play in their local League. How great is that? Now ... if only cricket in the Midwest (specifically KS, MO) would thrive a little more ..

  • josh gibson on September 3, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    I think that the USA has to get young people in to the game not over 50's with this age it doesn't help cricket in the country they need to get 20/20 cricket in the country somewere at schools so they can play have fun even have things like music playing in the background.

  • Chris G on August 31, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    I am very happy to see cricket thriving in parts of America. Interesting that the Seattle cricket club plays in the BC League. Therefore they travel internationally just to play in their local League. How great is that? Now ... if only cricket in the Midwest (specifically KS, MO) would thrive a little more ..

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  • Chris G on August 31, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    I am very happy to see cricket thriving in parts of America. Interesting that the Seattle cricket club plays in the BC League. Therefore they travel internationally just to play in their local League. How great is that? Now ... if only cricket in the Midwest (specifically KS, MO) would thrive a little more ..

  • josh gibson on September 3, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    I think that the USA has to get young people in to the game not over 50's with this age it doesn't help cricket in the country they need to get 20/20 cricket in the country somewere at schools so they can play have fun even have things like music playing in the background.