EACA Blitz T20 Quarterfinals Set for Oct. 4

Eastern American Cricket Association Blitz Twenty/20 Tournament

Big Apple SC v. NY Centurion CC @ Baisley Cage 10:00 AM

Atlantis CC – NY v. Galaxy CC @ Gateway 10:00 AM

Liberty SC v. Gladiators @ Baisley Cage 02:00 PM

Everest/ACS v. Victory CC @ Gateway 02:00 PM

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Liberty Turn Back East Side Warrior in EACA Blitz T20

Kirton, Shakoor & Ramdihal star in Liberty SC T20 win


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Boosted by the high of capturing their maiden EACA 40 Over title, Liberty Spots Club bowled off their 2015 EACA T20 tournament with a 50 runs victory over East Side Warriors. The 40 Overs final most valuable player, Andre Kirton, followed up his whirlwind 87 off 36 balls in the final with another half-century. Youth player Javed Shakoor supported Kirton well with an unbeaten 29. In defense of 163, Hemendra Ramdihal picked up 3 wickets to wrap up the victory.

Hosting the Long Island based ESW at Lido Beach, LSC won the toss and chose to bat first. Antonio Chan (10), Dilly Khilawan (11), Trinson Carmichael (10) and Terrence Madramootoo (12) all got starts but could not push on. The fall of the 4th wicket left the GMA Enterprise and Royal Empress Catering Hall sponsored LSC with 75 runs on the board and with 9 overs remaining. Youth player Javed Shakoor joined Kirton who had already started making dents in into the ESW attack.

Shakoor played a solid hand while Kirton continued the attack on the fielding team. The pair added 88 runs for the 5th wicket to have LSC finish at 163 for 4 at the end of the 20th over. Kirton hit four 4’s and 1 maximum in his unbeaten 67 while Sahkoor struck 1 four while compiling his LSC best, an unbeaten 29.

In reply ESW kept wickets in hand but fell behind the required run rate. The new ball pair of Madramootoo and Tooneshwar Kristona kept things tight before Leon Mohabir and Trinson Carmichael continued to keep pressure on the ESW openers. Mohabir would strike to get the first break through before Carmichael scalped the 2nd wicket.  

The introduction of Hemendra Ramdihal in to the attack sent the ESW inning crashing. Ramdihal picked up three quick wickets while Vijendra Singh pick up a fourth. By the time skipper Danesh Deonarain picked up two wickets in the final over of the inning the 50 runs victory was all but wrapped up.

Bowling for LSC Ramdihal finished with 3 wickets for 15 runs, Deonarain 2 wickets for 2 runs while Mohabir, Sing and Carmichael finished with 1 wicket each.

LSC moves on to the second week of the competition where they will complete a double header against Victory CC and Camelot CC to finish off their zone stage games. The double header is scheduled for the Baisley Cage with the first game against Victory CC slated for 10 AM and the 2nd against Camelot CC set for 2 PM.

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CCUSA National Regional Tournament Set for Oct. 16-18

Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) is a leading organization in the USA which has successfully conducted most high profile tournaments for the past 8 years and has now expanded to all corners of USA and flourishing. On behalf of the CCUSA would like to invite you all to the CCUSA National championship going to be held in Fort Lauderdale from October 16th to 18th 2015. More details of the tournament at: http://ccusa.info/USANationalChampionship2015.aspx

For some of you who have played in multiple T20 across the country and US Open in FL for CCUSA, you must know the level of integrity and competitiveness this organization harnesses for the game.

Announcing now, CCUSA is hosting its first National Tournament where Regions will compete to walk away with the crown of National Champions.

We are glad to announce that CCUSA All Region will be fielding a team in the National championship for which CCUSA has announced that it will be sponsoring all the expenses including Airport to Hotel, Hotel to ground and vice versa.

All the expenses including hotel (2 players in each room), all meals and transportation are covered except air travel for all the participating regional team members. It will be great if leagues can sponsor the player’s air fare or players can arrange on their own if they think they can do it on their own.

Next year the regional tournaments will be held so that all the cricket leagues in the region can come and participate out of which the regional team will be selected. Because of lack of time we are following this procedure this year.

We would urge all the interested players to submit their intent to participate in the tournament with the following details:

Full Name: 
Teams/Clubs played in: 
League currently playing in: 
Cricketing Credentials: 
Why do you think you should be selected in the squad? 

If interested, please send email of your candidates to your Regional Director, Contact Details below….
CCUSA – Regional Directors

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Photo Gallery: CLPUSA Trip To CLPLI

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EACA T20 Blitz Continues Sept. 20

Eastern American Cricket Association Twenty/20 

Now that the EACA Power 40 Championship has been decided with Liberty SC as Division I champions and Falcons CC in Division II, attention now shifts to the EACA T20 Blitz tournament with 9 matches across four groups across Long Island. This weekend will see the completion on a number on first round as well as second matches, following an earlier round for Power 40 non-semifinalist back on August 31st. This weeks fixtures are as follows:

Liberty SC VS East Side Warriors CC Flushing 1  01:00 PM

Camelot CC VS Victory CC Flushing 2 01:00 PM

NY Centurion CC Big Apple SC Bay Park 10:00 AM

NY Centurion CC Falcons CC Bay Park 02:00 PM


Arsenal CC Atlantis CC – NY Brentwood 11 10:00 AM

Long Island United CC Galaxy CC Brentwood 1 10:00 AM

Long Island United CC Atlantis CC – NY Brentwood 1 02:00 PM

Richmond Hill CC Gladiators Baisley Cage 10:00 AM

Richmond Hill CC Everest/ACS Baisley Cage 02:00 PM

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London born Napa Valley Irish-American teen, Caen Healy, invited to ICC America’s Cricket combine

Caen HealyCaen Healy, a Senior at Napa High School and a member of Merrion Cricket Club in Dublin and the Napa Valley Cricket Club, has been invited to the ICC America’s Cricket combine in Indianapolis.

The invitation to Indianapolis will see Healy, and 82 other cricketers, from across the America’s – from Canada to Argentina – take part in three days of intensive fitness and skills testing by ICC (International Cricket Council) coach’s, West Indian legend Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned fielding coach Mike Young. The combine is set for 18 – 21 September at the Indianapolis World Sports Park, which features international standard cricketing facilities. Healy applied online to attend the combine earlier this summer producing this skills video –https://youtu.be/ImGXuTmRlIc – to highlight his wicket-keeping skills.

“It’s and incredible opportunity for me” says Healy who has been playing cricket since 2006 “and I’m excited to test my skills in what I’m sure will be a challenging environment. To work with some top-notch coaches will help me to fine-tune my game and give me exposure. With America being such a large country I wanted to get exposure for my wicket-keeping skills and this ICC combine will allow me to do just that.”

Healy was born in London (England) and holds dual American – Irish nationality, as his mother is American and his father Irish. Healy lived in England for four years in West London and Haslemere, Surrey before moving to Ireland in 2001. He attended St. Patrick’s National School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow from 2001 to 2008 and moved to Napa, California in late 2008 where he attended Alta Heights Elementary and subsequently Silverado Middle School. In addition to cricket Healy has played soccer at Napa High School at both JV and Varsity levels, rugby at JV level for the Napa Stormers and plays football for the Napa High Varsity team where in 2014 he kicked 29 of 32 PAT’s, four field-goals and 417 yards from kick-off.

Napa-Valley-Cricket-Club-logo-300x300Healy represented Northern California in 2009 in a national tournament of sorts in the South Bay area but since then due to the distance from Napa and other commitments – to his books and other sports – hasn’t played much competitive cricket in the Bay Area. That will all change in the run up to the ICC Combine as Healy will again be part of a Nor Cal team competing in the Owen Graham U19 Memorial tournament over the Labor Day weekend. This tournament will include teams from Northern and Southern California in addition to a team from Texas.

If Healy makes it through the initial weekend he will be invited back to Indianapolis as part of smaller group for more intensive training and from there he could be selected as part of an ICC America’s team to compete in the Caribbean in January of 2016.

“That would be a incredible dream come true” said Healy who has always dreamed of playing cricket at the highest level. “In the meantime I just need to buckle down and do the hard work over the next few weeks in the lead up to the combine”

Inspired by the famous and thrilling Ashes series of 2005 while holidaying in England Healy first started playing cricket at Merrion CC in Dublin in 2006 and has played there every season since.

Healy travels back to Ireland every summer to spend time with his paternal grandparents and plays cricket for the club’s u-19’s in addition to the seniors 3rd’s and 4th’s. With Merrion CC being the largest the cricket club in all of Ireland there is plenty of opportunity for Healy to play in his favored role of wicket-keeper. For those not in-the-know the wicket keeper is the cricket equivalent of a catcher in baseball and is at the heart of the fielding teams efforts to get the respective batsmen from the batting team out.

“All of us at Merrion CC are excited that Caen has been invited to the ICC America’s combine” said Isobel Joyce, Irish International cricketer and Youth Development Officer at the club. “Caen has been part of the Merrion family for almost a decade now and has risen through the under-age ranks from the under 9’s to where he is now, a fixture for the men’s “fourths” when he’s with us in Ireland for his summers” continues Joyce “We know he’ll impress with his sharp wicket-keeping skills and we look forward to hearing all about his adventure when he’s back in Ireland next summer, assuming of course he isn’t playing for the USA by then!”

vc-first-logo5Merrion fields eight senior men’s teams, two senior women’s team and a number of social teams. In addition they have a full youth structure from U9 through U19 for both boys and girls. Some of the most famous players to emerge from Merrion CC include Irish international players Ed Joyce, who captains Sussex CC in England, John Anderson, Joyce’s twin sisters Isobel and Cecelia and a contemporary of Healy’s, Elena Tice, who in 2011 became the second youngest person in the history of cricket to play international cricket, at the age 13 years and 272 days

Healy practices regularly with the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) at their weekly nets practice and has played a number of games for them, including their annual World Series of Cricket, when his schedule allows. The local club are generously contributing to Healy’s expenses for the Indianapolis weekend as a gesture of support for the talented local cricketer.

“We are thrilled that a Napa Valley local is getting the opportunity to try-out with the best of American cricketers.” said Phil Bourke president of the NVCC “as a club, we are very much about the social aspects of cricket, but we will always look to support those who can take the step to a more competitive competition, and we are proud that Caen has earned this opportunity.” continued Bourke “We are excited to support Caen in his endeavors and hope he is the first of many Napa Valley locals to take their cricket to a higher level. I’m sure I join all in the cricket community in Napa Valley in wishing him all the best”

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EACA Playoffs And T20 Bowl Off August 30

Cricket Zone Eastern American Cricket Association Power 40 and Blitz T20

EACA Power 40 SemiFinals: Game Time 12 noon

Liberty – Richmond Hill @ Bay Park

Big Apple – Atlantis @ Baisley Cage

Gladiator – Victory @ Lido Beach

Long Island United – Falcons @ Brentwood

The EACA would be starting its T-20 competition for the 2015 season on Sunday August 30, 2015

All game are schedule to begin at 1 pm.
There would be one change to the playing conditions.
Any no ball would result in a free hit to the batsman, please be aware.
Please see zones and fixtures below.
Zone A: Liberty SC, East Sside Warriors, Camelot, Victory
Zone B: Big Apple, NY Centurions, All Stars, Falcons
Zone C: Atlantis, Galaxy, Arsenal, Long Island United
Zone D: Richmond Hill, ACS/Everest, Phantoms, Gladiators
EACA Blitz T20 Round I
 Camelot – East Side Warriors @ Flushing II
NY Centurions – All Stars @ Flushing I
Arsenal – Galaxy @ Brentwood II
Phantom – ACS Everest @ Hecksher II


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Fall Cricket Coaching Bowls Off September 12th

CLPUSA Fall Coaching From September 12th – October 31st

CLPUSA Wh logo CLPUSA will open its Fall Coaching on September 12th through October 31th. Students between the ages of five and 18 years old are encouraged to be part of the history making experience. CLPUSA will be hosted at two locations; Queens and Long Island.

CLPUSA has introduced cricket to over 6500 students in the New York Elementary and Middle Schools. CLPUSA has been featured on One World Sports’ “Out of My League,” – http://tinyurl.com/n7jdaqo  while contesting the NATA Under-13 tournament. Over the winter CLPUSA conducted coaching programs geared on improving the technical ability of the players.

CLPUSAUnder the guidance of Dyon Ravello CLPUSA will continue to serve students with the latest and most effective drills and tips on improving their game. Ravello not only a coach with experience of coaching over 1500 students but too, is a certified umpire with experiences in officiating youth leagues like the Public School Athlete League and NYPD United as well as open  Leagues as in NYD Metropolitan Cricket Association and the Eastern American Cricket Association. Apart from coaching at the “Pee Wee” level, Ravello has coached Colt players up to age 21. Many of these players have represented the New York Region and even the US National Team, be it, seniors or Under 19.

CLPUSA is an evolving, vibrant youth program which encourages Parent Participation. To get involved contact us at:

QUEENS:917-266-5395, email: dyon.ravello@cricketletsplayusa.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CricketLetsplayUSA

LONG ISLAND: 516-924-5245, email: cricketletsplaylongisland@gmail.com, Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Lets-Play-Long-Island/1630692787166621?fref=ts


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Falcons’ Homraj 134 Burn Phantoms

Cricket Zone Eastern American Cricket Association (EACA) Power 40 Division II


Akshay Homraj led Falcons over Phantoms with a classy knock of 134

by Dyon Ravello,

Akshay Homraj announced himself with a measured century in only his third EACA Power 40 fixture this season. On a blistering hot day at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Falcons won the toss and elected to take first strike against the host, Phantoms. Early on Phantoms were buoyed with excitement as A. Homraj guided two deliveries past the vacant second slip in the very first over. There would be no clear cut chances for the host in the immediate proceedings.

A. Homraj and opening partner Rajendra Khan would combine aggressive stroke play with sensible running to turn up the temperature on the Phantoms. A. Homraj played fluently through the covers along the ground as well as up and over the infield, while Khan took a liking to playing shots down the ground. A. Homraj skied a streak shot over cover which fell in no man’s land to bring up his half century with a single. At the first drinks break Falcons were flawless at 99 without loss after 13 overs.

Following the resumption both Khan and A. Homraj continued in the same vein as Phantoms looked dazed in the sun. Khan got a life when he was put done on the mid wicket boundary off Irfan, Imran Baig the culprit. But Khan failed to take advantage of the chance as he scoped a similar shot to mid wicket where Baig made no mistake this time, giving Irfan a reprieve. Khan scored 50 (6 x 4’s and 1 x 6’s) in what was his third score of 40 plus in as many matches, Falcons 122/1. Renwick Batson joined A. Homraj as the pair worked to maintain the momentum. Batson looked shelled as he gathered a number of singles.

A. Homraj continued in the same vein but would lose Batson at the other end. Batson trying to sweep Shakeel Hamdani could only glove his stroke for a pouch by wicket keeper Shahid Choudhary, Falcons 164/2. Himendra Kowlessar was the new batsmen and he signaled his intent early with some lofty strokes over the infield. At the end of the 24th over with the temperature cooling off the match was interrupted by a passing thunder shower. The interruption lasted 40 minutes, which resulted in a 10 over reduction with the teams to contest 35 overs each.

On the resumption A. Homraj approached his hundred without fear as he found the boundary frequently. A. Homraj would bring up his hundred with a quick single and then celebrate by strike three consecutive boundaries off Atiqur Mufti. A. Homraj upped the anti in an attempt to record 150, but could only hold out to Mufti off the bowling of Baig for 134 (17 x 4’s and 1 x 6’s). Kowlessar brought up his fifty as he saw the backs of two other batsmen. Nonetheless the impetus was sufficient as Falcons scorched 291/5 in 35 over with Kowlessar unbeaten on 68 (5 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s). Bowling for Phantoms Baig had 2/27, with Umer Aslam, Irfan and Hamdani sharing a wicket each. Mufti held three catches on the day.

vc-first-logo5In reply Phantoms were confident in chasing the huge total having set a similar score against Arsenal previously. Openers Mufti and Hamdani were circumspect against the pace of Batson in contrast to their attacking approach against the spin of Kumar Hemnauth. Hamdani found the boundary off of Hemnauth but fell the very next delivery to a sprawling catch by Batson, for Hemnauth to be vindicated. At the other end Mufti continued his battle against Batson, with Choudhary playing a perfect foil as he whipped a Batson bouncer over square leg for a maximum. Mufti repaid Medium Pacer R. Madramootoo for the three consecutive boundaries he has received by dishing out three in one over of his own. At this point Phantoms motoring along at a healthy rate.

Falcons captain Zulfiqar Alli picked up on the fact that the pacers wont as effective as he would like, resorted to spin. Ruhail Asghar struck in his sixth delivery bowling Mufti for 36. Asghar accounted for Choudhary in similar fashion to Mufti.  M Homraj got into the act at the other end as he bowled Faiyaz Desai. M Homraj took care of Ali Raza to dent the Phantoms cause. Aslam got a life when K. Hemnauth dropped a chance off the bowling of Asghar. Asghar would be vindicated in his next over with K. Hemnauth holding on to a simpler chance to dismiss Aslam. M Homraj had Manvinder Singh bowl and caught to sap all life out of the Phantom chase.

K. Hemnauth return to pick up two more wickets with Kowlessar completing the rout off his only delivery. Phantoms all out for 119 with only Atiqur Mutfi (36) offering any resistance. Bowling for Falcons K. Hemnauth had 5-0-20-3, Asghar 7-1-21-3 and M. Homraj 7-0-23-3. Falcons extending there record to 11-2 on the season with one round left before they enter the playoffs, as Phantoms will continue to play for pride in their final Power 40 bout of the season. Akshay Homraj deservedly man of the match for his class innings of 134.

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Napa Valley End Losing Streak Against Marin CC‏

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Napa-Valley-Cricket-Club-logo-300x300The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) turned around a three game losing streak in their second game of 2015 against local rivals Marin CC in Calistoga recently.  A pair of centuries from batsmen Martin Mackenzie (102 not out retired) and John Leake (133 not out retired) set the NVCC up for a big score of 297 in their 35 overs which ultimately proved to much for Marin to chase.

NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch lost the all-important toss and was asked to bat by Marin captain Vish Chapman. With a strong batting line up Bolch was happy to oblige and sent out New Zealanders Mackenzie and Jeff Keene to see off the new ball. The pair did their job well until Keene fell in the 10th over to a leading edge for seven runs. Shortly after that the NVCC number three batsman Kiranpreet Singh fell for two runs, again to a leading edge. While Marin sensed that they had NVCC on the back foot  Leake had other ideas and with Mackenzie saw NVCC to the drinks break with a total of only 62 runs on the board.

Knowing that NVCC needed to accelerate the run rate Leake and Mackenzie duly obliged and in the next 14 overs the pair pummeled the Marin bowling attack, sharing a third wicket partnership of 244 runs. Leake amassed a total of 21 boundaries – 12 fours and 9 sixes – while Mackenzie struck 10 boundaries – five each fours and sixes. The pair both retired in the 33rd over after Mackenzie had achieved his first century for NVCC, in fact his first ever “ton” in all the time that he has played cricket. Leake on the other hand has scored a century in each of the games that he has played for NVCC this year. Birthday boy Andrew Healy (8 not out) and Tim Irwin (10 not out) closed out the batting for NVCC after the simultaneous retirements but could not quite push NVCC over the 300 runs mark.

On a day of records at The Fairgrounds Marin would have created their own if they had chased down the total. It wasn’t to be for them as NVCC took regular wickets that were spread among the team. Bolch used nine different bowlers showing that NVCC had depth in the bowling department in addition to firepower in the batting department. Two early wickets for Bernie Peacock and some pin-point bowling from Patrick O’Neil had Marin tied down and they continued to ship wickets as Bolch built the pressure by rotating his bowlers and not allowing the Marin batsmen to settle. The most patient batting performance from Marin came from Sunil who faced 24 balls before he got off the mark. Sunil eventually went on to anchor the Marin innings with a total of 89 runs and once set he took a liking to everything Bolch had to throw at him from the pace of Irwin, the turn of Peacock to the accurate medium pace of Tim Kay. A quick fire 15 off five balls from Marin Captain added some respectability to the final scoreboard as Marin ended up with 173 runs in their 35 over. The NVCC bowlers shared the spoils with Singh posting the best figures of 2 wickets for only 13 runs off his 6 overs. Peacock (2 for 20 off 5) , Kay (2 for 26 off 4), O’Neil (1 for 5 off 5) and Bolch (1 for 19 off 4) were well supported by their fielders with Hardeep Thakar in particular having a strong day in the field with two catches.

After the match, NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch presented the Man of the Match award to Marin’s Sunil for his contribution to the game with the bat.

“We needed that win” said NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch “having gone three games on the bounce without a victory. We’re now tied 1-1 with Marin in our three game 2015 series so that means it’s all to play for in Larkspur in September” continued Bolch “I would have batted had we won the toss as I knew we had a strong line up today and I’m chuffed for Martin that he got to score his first ever century. He’s been close to it in the past so for him to achieve it in a game when we really needed the top-order to fire makes it all the better for him, and the club”

Score Summary

Sunday 8th August, 2015 – Napa Valley CC vs. Marin Socials CC at The Fairgrounds, Calistoga

Napa Valley CC 297 / 2 beat Marin Socials CC 173 / 8 by 124 runs.  (35 over game / 13 batting)

Napa Valley CC Batting – John Leake 133 runs (retired) off 71 balls (12 x 4, 9 x 6), Martin Mackenzie 102 (retired) off 85 (5 x 4, 5 x 6), Tim Irwin 10 off 6 (1 x 6).

Napa Valley CC Bowling – Kiranpreet Singh 2 wickets for 13 runs off 6 overs including 1 maiden, Bernie Peacock 2 for 20 off 5 including 2, Tim Kay 2 for 26 off 4, Patrick O’Neil 0 for 5 off 5 including 2.

Next Game

Wednesday 19th August 2015 at The Fairgrounds, Calistoga in an intra-club game between NVCC members based on where they live, in a City v County format from 4:00pm

About the Napa Valley Cricket Club

The Napa Valley Cricket Club is a California non-profit with the purpose of establishing and running an amateur cricket club in the Napa Valley to further the social enjoyment and development of cricket and associated events within the area. Formed in 2012 and now in its fourth season the Napa Valley Cricket Club welcomes adult players of all skill levels

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