Junior Development – Creating Relevant Learning Environments

Cricket an interactive alternative towards achieving educational goals

By Cameron Tradell,

CLPUSA Wh logoJunior entry-level programs have a few different outcomes for the participants. Creating fun, inclusive learning environments is extremely important. The kids want to turn up every week if you can deliver on the experience.

This is only half the job. Ensuring the participants are learning vital skills to confidently and competently progress from entry-level fundamental skills programs into modified formats of the game is critical. Kids want to play the real thing as soon as possible.

Sometimes while we put the content of the programs together, with the best of intentions, we teach skills out of context of cricket. A game such a rapid fire we think is a game to teach batting. The fact is that the skill transfer between hitting a stationary ball off a tee and hitting a moving ball is minimal at best.

This is of course a great game, yet we have to mix it in with ample activities that have kids learning to track a moving ball, move into a position to hit the ball with a free swing of the bat, and of course hit the ball. We watch kids smash balls off tees and it’s easy to believe that they are ready to play cricket. The fact is they have to develop their motor skills to work in unison with a moving target.

Jr DevThe skills taught in activities to then transfer to game relevance is critical in the learning process. A way to gauge if the skill is appropriate or applicable is to think of how it is used in a game of cricket. Isolate the skill in context of how it is used in the game and then build activities around it to give it relevance to cricket. For example, once juniors become proficient at hitting a moving ball, add in hitting into space, then running between the wickets etc.

So while developing quality batting sessions don’t forget to challenge the kids, often, to hit a moving ball. The skill transfer from activity to game is far greater and the kids will be better prepared once they graduate to a modified or competitive format.

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Reigning EACA Champions, Big Apple Through To Semis


Power 40 First Division   

Rank    Team             Matches           Won             Lost             Tied            N/R            Points            Net RR            For            Against

1          Big Apple CC            11            11            0            0            0            55            2.23            2355/375.2            1760/435.0

2            Richmond Hill CC            11            8            3            0            0            40            2.25            1951/339.0            1348/385.0

3          Liberty SC       11            8            3            0            0            40            2.16            2378/414.4            1513/422.5

4          Meten Meer Zorg CC            11            8            3            0            0            40            1.54            1809/332.0            1619/414.1

5          Hillside SC       11            8            3            0            0            40            1.09            2195/377.0            2082/440.0

6          Atlantis CC – NY            10            7            3            0            0            35            1.29            1685/300.1            1385/320.0

7            Everest/ACS   11            7            4            0            0            35            0.93            2391/440.0            1917/425.3

8          Galaxy CC       11            7            4            0            0            35            0.41            1813/407.5            1530/379.3

9          Falcons CC       11            4            6            0            1            22            -0.22            1611/358.0            1736/368.1

10        Long Island United CC       11            4            6            0            1            22            -0.56            2054/400.0            2130/374.2

Power 40 Second Division 

Rank    Team             Matches           Won             Lost             Tied            N/R            Points            Net RR            For            Against

1          East Side Warriors CC       11            6            5            0            0            30            0.00            2257/401.0            2269/403.0

2          NY Centurion CC            10            5            5            0            0            25            -0.09            1156/296.3            1265/317.0

3          Enmore CC       10            3            7            0            0            15            -0.31            1718/340.1            1704/318.0

4            Phantoms CC 11            3            8            0            0            15            -0.52            1215/342.4            1423/350.0

5          All Star CC       11            2            9            0            0            10            -1.89            1535/364.3            2078/340.2

6          Victory CC       11            2            9            0            0            10            -2.58            1679/390.0            2355/342.1

7          Arsenal CC       11            2            9            0            0            10            -2.87            1566/415.2            2616/394.1

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Frozen Ropes Syosset Camp To Feature Cricket

Multi-Sport camp to incorporate cricket for the first time

INDOOR CRICKET 516-364-ROPE (7673)

516-364-ROPE (7673)

“Take a break from the sun and take part in our traditional “Beat The Heat Multi-Sport Camp.”  Boys and girls will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and participate in various athletic activities, including baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball and a special introduction to the game of Cricket”

Dates and Time: August 25-29, 9am – 4pm

Location: 575 Underhill Blvd, Syosset NY, 11791

Frozen Ropes Syosset Multi-Sport camp includes lunch and snacks.

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NYPD To Host Det. Dillon Stewart Memorial Aug 15-17

NYPD, Toronto, Jamaica and Worcester, England Police To Play for the Memorial Trophy

NYPD LogoNYPD will host visiting Police Departments from Toronto, Jamaica and Worcester of England to commemorate the life of Detective Dillon Stewart who pasted in the line of duty.

Events begin on Friday 15th August and continue through to Sunday 17th. Main events will be held on Saturday 16th from 10:00 am at IDLEWILD CRICKET PARK, 147-22 223rd Street, Rosedale, Queens off of 147th Avenue and Springfield Blvd.

Admission $10 – Food – Drink – Bouncing Cages – Face Painting – Live Cricket and Children Entertainment

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Big Apple Unbeaten In EACA Power 40

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National U-17 Tournament Bowled Off In the Bronx

California Lions, New York and Altantic Win On Day 1

BI_Sports_Logo_T20-1North East Region 89 all out in 31 overs Mihir Athavab five wicket and Ahkil Ghimker three wickets. California Lions 90 with out loss won by 10 wickets, Neil Tejare 51 not out.

New York 213 in 35 overs, Novendra Boodhoo 51, Gauranshu Sharma 44. Central Tigers 156/8, Michael Katwaroo and Nicholas Harriepersaud two wickets each. New York won by 57 runs.

Altantic Region 182/8 40 overs Kishan Patel 56, Raymond Ramrattan 44, Nihar three wickets and Sahaj Patel three wickets. South West Region 167 all out Arjun Patel 66, Gourav Patel three wickets.

cricket let's play usaStandings:

California Lions 4pts

New York Region 4 pts

Atlantic Region     4 pts

South West Region 0 pts

Central Tigers           0 pts

North East Region    0 pts

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MMZ Top Liberty

Water logged conditions inhibited run scoring

A soggy Lido Beach pitch combined with a poor batting display from Liberty Sports Club (LSC) and a spirited bowling effort from opposition Meten Meer Zorg Cricket Club (MMZ) resulted in #TheBlueNation being defeated for the second time in 2014. Shines Beepat picked up 4 wickets for 8 runs to lead the MMZ attack in defending 125 runs in a game reduced to 30 overs. 

cricket let's play usaThe day began with both teams working together to make the game possible. After about an hour of work the pitch was cleared of water and the bowler’s run up was dried up to facilitate start of play. The game was reduced to 30 overs when play started at 2:30 PM.  LSC won the toss and immediately sent in the opposition looking to take advantage of the conditions. 

Imtiaz Hassan struck first up with two wickets in two balls in his second over. This brought US National batsman Andy Mohammed to the crease to join Sumon Bari. The pair would consolidate to add 45 before Mohammed (25) held out to Hassan off of Altaaf Habibulla’s 3rd ball in the innings. Habibulla would pick up two more wickets; Andre Persaud for 10 and Beepat for 20, while the MMZ innings edged along.

Eighteen year old Javed Shakoor was introduced and bowled Zaaid Majeed and Ajaz Asgarally for two runs a piece. Trinson Carmichael then cleaned up the two remaining wickets to add to Bari’s (21) wicket he picked up earlier off of a ballerina-like leaping catch by Bose Persaud.

BI_Sports_Logo_T20-1Hassan finished with 2 for 34 off 6 overs, Carmichael and Habibulla three wickets and a maiden each for 14 and 20 runs respectively. Shakoor bowled his 5 overs for 26 with two wickets while Terrence Madramootoo bowled 5 overs for 26 runs. Gangaram Lochan added a crucial 22 not out batting at number 8 for MMZ before they were bowled out for 125 in the 29th over. 

Confident of chasing what appeared to be a par total for the conditions was clouded with doubt when Beepat got one to roll along the surface to bowl Francis Mendonca and another to hold up to resulting to a mistimed return catch from Dilly Khillawan. This left LSC 2 for 2 after the first over. Carmichael picked off 3 boundaries before he lost his skiper Danesh Deonarain for 2, again to one which held up from Beepat. 

The hard hitting Madramootoo only managed 1 before he was cleaned up looking to go big, reducing the chase to 18 for 4 in the ninth over. Imtiaz Hassan joined Carmichael and the pair added 22 before Lochan milked some extra turn to go pass Carmichael’s edge to bowl him. Hassan, looking to take control of the match, stroked some handsome blows for a game high 30. His enterprising knock would fall short when a 31 runs partnership between Habibulla and him ended with Hassan holding out to long on. Habibulla who chipped in with 18 was run out shortly after to knock the wind out of the chase.

With a climbing run rate and the lost of too many wickets MMZ tightened the pressure on LSC resulting in Bose Persaud being bowled for 9, Jason Rooney run out for 5 and Tooneshwar Kristona bowled for 2. This left Javed Shakoor not out on 1 when the team was bowled out for 90 in the 28th over.

The loss leaves LSC at 8-2 with three challenging matches in  Division A of the EACA Power40 left. MMZ, enjoying a late spurt, improves to 7-3 and will be looking to continue their winning run.

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Westbury Whip Cosmos

Metropolitan Cricket League: All To Play For With One Round To Go

By Sham Ali

Cosmos' Keith Edie has been in good nick this season as he score 52 in a losing effort against Westbury #NYMDCA # Metro League

Cosmos’ Keith Edie has been in good nick this season as he score 52 in a losing effort against Westbury #NYMDCA # Metro League

(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):- It was a near perfect day for cricket and an almost perfect one for Westbury as Cosmos suffered a crushing 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Westbury at Westbury High School last Sunday (7/27/2014). This opposition appeared intent and determined as if they were fighting someone else’s battle, in contrast Cosmos did not do much to counter-attack and as a result had to absorb a second defeat for the season.

Westbury won the toss and decided to field under overcast skies that eventually gave way to bright sunshine. It was a decision that fitted squarely into the Cosmos plan, however, on this occasion; Cosmos were not only guilty of an overly cautious approach but appeared flat-footed against a relatively run-of-the-mill bowling attack. Opening batsman Hemchand Hardeo (8) began his inning with a few crisp drives that did not penetrate the field and was the first to go when he steered one softly to second slip. Tegana Mckenzie walked in earlier than usual and began his inning with mixed aggression before he fell to a smart piece of stumping by Kevin Baugh from wide down the leg side, and when Faisal Taj (21), after being watchful in the early overs, held out at deep mid-on where Javein Thomas took a well judged catch off Ballister McLeish the Cosmos scorecard read 71 for 3.

However, at 102 for 4, the innings was poised for a push towards the 200 runs mark, unfortunately, it was at that point too that the Cosmos innings took a very different route and fell apart. Sohan Dass was stroking the ball cleanly until his in decision on a long-hop ballooned to extra cover, and immediately thereafter David Mohamed cautiously sliced another short ball to slip. With the fall of Dass and Mohamed in quick succession Cosmos innings then wobbled within the next 10 runs as the opposition ceased the opportunity to go for the jugular.

BI_Sports_Logo_T20-1Only Keith Edie stood in defiance while looking for a partner to halt the opposition’s charge, but no one stayed around long enough as wickets tumble around him. Edie eventually went for a patient 52 runs when he nicked one to the wicket-keeper and the Cosmos tail wagged when Cyril Choy popped a simple catch to mid-off, Rasheem James played inside one that turned on him and took his stump, Ralston Levy then pulled a short ball to the boundary and in the process stepped onto his stumps. It was an eventful turnaround within five overs that resulted in a dramatic collapsed of Cosmos to 113 for 9 in the 31st over, and with that the uncertainty of the day which began under cloudy skies left Cosmos dry of runs. Ricky Kissoon and Sajib Salam played within their ability to with a ninth wicket partnership of 16 runs by the end of the allotted 37 overs.

Westbury had a few things to do and one of those was to knock off the required 130 runs needed for victory in a hurry, and Cosmos needed to make a few early inroads into the opposition line-up if they were to make a ‘match’ of a small target. D. Ferguson and J. Thomas were solid and did not offer any half a chances as they began their reply in an aggressive mood. They raced to a 57-run partnership by the 10th over during which time Cosmos searched for a breakthrough between four bowling changes. The breakthrough finally came when Levy bowled Ferguson (26) around his legs with the score on 61, however, by that time the Westbury’s inning was well course. Bartington Bartley and Thomas then stepped on the peddle with some excellent running between the wicket to post an aggressive 52-runs partnership before Thomas (41) was run out going for a third run. Levy then trapped leg before Bartley who had raced to a purposeful 48 runs. At 113 for 3 by the 17th over, the end result in this match-up was academic as K. Baugh and D. Campbell ensured a comfortable victory.

Cosmos will play Sheffield at Floyd Bennett next Sunday 3rd August.

NY Metropolitan League Standing: http://www.leaguelineup.com/standings.asp?url=nymcl&sid=312027655

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MCC’s Laws of Cricket – Running Out The Non Striker

Learn the Laws of Cricket, courtesy MCC.

For more about the laws and learning the Laws of cricket check out the United States of America Cricket Umpires Association log on to usacua.com

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