May 10, 2009

Ashes 2009

It's the Hollywood Ashes

Andrew McGlashan
Graeme Hick and Michael Kasprowicz with Hollywood actress Tracey Ullman at the Westfield Hollywood Ashes match, Van Nuys, California, May 9, 2009
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The Ashes have already been decided…in Hollywood. The second Westfield Hollywood Ashes, at the picturesque Woodley Park cricket ground in suburban Los Angeles, ended with Australia, led by Michael Kasprowicz beating England, led by Graeme Hick, by 29 runs in the Twenty20 encounter.

Hick was joined in the England side by action Julian Sands, who stars in 24, and Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman, while the most popular member of the Australian side appeared to be former Calvin Kline model Travis Fimmel.

"It is one of the greatest wins of my entire cricket career," Kasprowicz, told AAP. "Nineteen years of first class cricket, so yeah, as you can see it is a big moment. I'm glowing."

Around 800 watched the action, but the game still appears a mystery to some Americans who couldn’t fathom why they were playing for the Ashes. "Who died?" she asked.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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