August 30, 2007


Cricket comes to Magnuson Park, Seattle

Will Luke

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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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