Germantown Tops Lutherville-Timonium Cockeysville

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In a Maryland Junior Cricket 15U match on Saturday, visiting Germantown topped Lutherville-Timonium Cockeysville.

The match was played at the great grounds of Woodmoor Elementary School in
Gwynn Oak MD, which offered an ideal 360 degree pitch.

In a 16 over match, Cockeysville won the toss and put Germantown to bat
first. Germantown opening batsmen Varun Gangadharan and Shankar Haridas
started to put the run on the board when Shankar was bowled by Brian to
give Germantown an early set back. Replacing Shankar was Nikhil Sahni who
gave the stability Germantown needed. Nikhil was eventually bowled by Sami
and replaced by Tanuj Shah who continued to sustain the bowling from
Cockeysville and scored 13 runs and was retired to give other Germantown
Batsmen a chance. Following Tanuj, Dheeraj Sharma put an impressive 17
runs including boundaries containing 1 six and 2 fours. He was given
company by other Germantown batsmen for boundaries including 2 six¹s from
Upneet Singh.

Germantown scored 88 runs for 8 wickets and set a target for Cockeysville
to attain.

Cockeysville batsmen put up a strong show with many boundaries and Sami Sabeeh
put up impressive 23 runs including 2 six¹s and 1 four. He was given
company by Halat and Rajab who hit a six and a four respectively.

Germantown bowling made it difficult for the Cockeysville batsmen as Shiv
Luthra had a ³Hat Trick² in his firs over. He cleaned bowled Brian on the
3rd ball of his first over. In the next bowl Harsha popped up a catch at
Silly Mid On and Udai Singh took the catch setting the stage for a ³Hat
Trick² for Shiv. In the next bowl Rishi popped up a catch at Silly Mid Off
and Soumith Gadila took the catch and the Germantown team erupted in
celebration of the Hat Trick for Shiv Luthra. Cockeysville was 47 for 10
in 13 overs.

In 11U action, Bowie 1 defeated Bowie 2.

Bowie 2 batted first and scored 53 runs all out in 12 overs. Bowie 1 batted next and scored 54 for 2 in 10 overs. After 8 overs each, the score was tied at 38 each, but Bowie 2 had lost 7 wickets.

11U Match Report: Germantown defeats Bowie 2

It was an overcast, damp, Saturday morning as the 11U Bowie 2 Elite Travel Cricket Team was getting ready to start their first match against reigning Champions Germantown Kids Cricket Club. Bowie’s Cricket Commissioner was busy cutting the grass with help from Germantown parents to get the field ready in time for the start of the match at 9:00am. The coin toss was done by Bowie’s Perry Baltimore and Germantown’ Angali and Saloni. Germantown won the toss and elected to bat first, which is what Bowie wanted as well.

The Bowie 2 kids were a little nervous because for many of them, this was their first time playing at this level. The bowlers gave up some extra runs in Wides and No Balls, and the fielders missed some Run Outs and dropped some catches. But they kept pressing on, and the nerves settled as the game progressed. A couple of key Bowie 2 players were not available, but luckily there were siblings available to fill-in on short notice. For a first game, the Bowie 2 bowlers did well. The pick of the bowlers was Perry Baltimore. He held a tight line and length, which was difficult for the Germantown batsmen to play. Jayden Johnson also bowled accurately. Bowie’s Sebastien Solomon ran about 15 yards to his right and took a nice catch with his outstretched hands. A Germantown batsman hit the ball deep in the outfield at mid-wicket, but Miles Magruder was there to make a difficult catch look easy.

Germantown had a few really good bowlers who were very accurate. It was also refreshing to see a leg-spinner and he was bowling well. The Germantown batsmen were strong on the leg-side dispatching loose deliveries to the boundary. Last year’s 11U Finals MVP, Saurav Panday, looked even better this year with bat and ball.

The Bowie players got better by simply watching the Germantown players. During their second 8 over session, the Bowie batsmen started taking quick singles. Sebastien Solomon and Kayla Magruder were really quick between wickets. Josue Ochaita got a few big hits and scored a few boundaries.

The Bowie coaches were very pleased to see the team’s improvement in 1 game and are looking forward to the rest of the season as the teams grows and develops.

Bowie 2 Elite Travel Cricket Team 2.

Bowie 2 Elite Travel Cricket Team 2.

Coin toss with Bowie 2’s Perry Baltimore and Germantown’s Angali and Saloni.

Coin toss with Bowie 2’s Perry Baltimore and Germantown’s Angali and Saloni.

Freshly cut grass cricket field at Rockledge Elementary School.

Freshly cut grass cricket field at Rockledge Elementary School.

Bowie 2’s Cooper Baltimore and Alicia Fernando are batting against the excellent bowling of Germantown’s Ameya.

Bowie 2’s Cooper Baltimore and Alicia Fernando are batting against the excellent bowling of Germantown’s Ameya.

Bowie 2’s Sebastien Solomon bowling.

Bowie 2’s Sebastien Solomon bowling.

After the game.

After the game.

Maryland Youth Cricket Season Opens With Wins By Germantown, Bowie, Lutherville-Timonium – Cockeysville

11U:

Germantown over Bowie 2
Germantown: 107 runs in 16 overs
Bowie 2:  64 runs for 10 wickets in 15 overs

Bowie 1 over Lutherville-Timonium-Cockeysville
Bowie 1: 51 runs for 1 wicket in 8 Overs
Lutherville-Timonium-Cockeysville: 30 runs for 10 wickets in 14 overs

15U:

Lutherville-Timonium-Cockeysville over Burtonsville
Lutherville-Timonium-Cockeysville 48 for 8 in 16 overs
Burtonsville 47 for 7 in 16 overs

Bowie bats against Germantown in the 11U match

Bowie bats against Germantown in the 11U match

Another Maryland Elementary School Takes Up Cricket

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On April 10, USYCA President Jamie Harrison visited North Glen Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to lead cricket instruction and deliver USYCA American Cricket Champ sets for the school.

North Glen students will be participating in a new community junior cricket program this year, operated by the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association (LFYAA). Harrison will be personally directing the LFYAA program, which will compete in the Maryland Junior Cricket League, along with teams from Germantown, Bowie, Cockeysville and Lutherville-Timonium.

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Maryland YCA President Leads Cricket Instruction At Anne Arundel Middle School

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Maryland YCA President Jamie Harrison spent National Youth Cricket Day at Marley Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland yesterday. The school received cricket sets donated by USYCA.

Harrison was at Marley at the invitation of Christiana Grue, who attended a cricket rollout session with Harrison last September.

This all-day event is timed to kick off recruiting for the Maryland Junior Cricket League’s newest entry, the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association (LFYAA). LFYAA cricket will begin its first season in May, only a few miles from the site of Marley Middle School.

Harrison is also the president of the national youth cricket body, and is CEO of the American Cricket Federation, a recognized governing body for cricket in the United States.

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Marley Middle School To Get National Youth Cricket Day Visit From MYCA President

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Marley Middle School in Anne Arundel County will be hosting Maryland Youth Cricket Association president Jamie Harrison on National Youth Cricket Day, Monday, March 24. Harrison will spend the entire school day instructing students and teachers in cricket, using cricket sets donated by USYCA.

Marley Middle has a school population of almost 800 students, and while not all will play cricket on the 24th, the PE instructors will be able to teach their students based on what they also learn that day. Harrison will be at Marley at the invitation of Christiana Grue, who attended a cricket rollout session with Harrison last September.

This all-day event is timed to kick off recruiting for the Maryland Junior Cricket League’s newest entry, the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association (LFYAA). LFYAA cricket will begin its first season in May, only a few miles from the site of Marley Middle School.

“I’m really excited to be working with Christiana Grue and Marley Middle School,” said Harrison. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate National Youth Cricket Day by helping to build a new youth cricket base in Maryland, and the first one in Anne Arundel County.”

Harrison, a Ferndale resident, will personally direct the new LFYAA program. Last year, Harrison coached the Cockeysville Recreation Council youth cricket team to the state championship match, where it narrowly lost to Germantown.

Harrison is also the president of the national youth cricket body, US Youth Cricket, and is CEO of the American Cricket Federation, a recognized governing body for cricket in the United States.

Groundbreaking Elementary School Teams Cricket League Formed

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With help from the USYCA and Prince Georges County Public Schools, the Bowie Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) has formed the Bowie Elementary School Teams (BEST) Cricket League. This is the first elementary school cricket league in the United States, and establishes a model that can be followed anywhere in the USA.

Over the past few months, the BBGC taught over 800 children how to play cricket during PE sessions at elementary schools in Bowie, Maryland. The following seven schools will be participating in the cricket league’s inaugural tournament this year:

Rockledge Elementary School
Heather Hills Elementary School
Whitehall Elementary School
Yorktown Elementary School
Kenilworth Elementary School
Grace Christian School
St Pius X. School

Cricket practices and matches will be done in the evening during the week: either two practices per week or one practice and one game per week. The tournament will start on 17 March and end on 30 May. At present, cricket coaches are being assigned to each of the seven schools. One or two cricket coaches are still needed for this tournament.

For this historic event, the Washington Post will be covering the BEST Cricket League.

If you are interested in being a cricket coach in the BEST Cricket League and making history with us or need further information, please send an email to:

Sham Chotoo
BBGC Cricket Commissioner
cricket@bbgc.com

Interview with Sham Chotoo:

Q: Sham, how did this initiative come about?
“The USYCA has been providing free cricket sets to schools in Bowie, and myself and senior WCL Umpire, Ram Ragoo, have been teaching the PE teachers and kids at the school how to play cricket. Over 800 kids in Bowie now know how to play cricket.

“The response from the kids has been fantastic even though the majority of them knew nothing about the game before. The kids at all the schools really enjoyed learning the game. One girl at Heather Hills Elementary School said to me, “If I had a pencil and paper, I would get your autograph!” A 4th grade teacher at Rockledge told me that the kids were wondering if I would be there for PE that day, and when they saw me pass by the classroom, they pulled down their fists and said, “YES!!”. The principal and teachers at Heather Hills were amazed to see how the kids were all enjoying the game. They even took pictures of the kids during the cricket matches at PE for the yearbook.

“To keep the momentum of cricket going and knowing that kids love to play sports competitively, I decided to form the Bowie Elementary School Teams Cricket League. To make this happen the BBGC formed a partnership with PG County Public Schools. The principals, PE teachers, PTAs are all on-board with the cricket league.”

Q: What are you hoping to achieve, short term and long term?
“I would like to introduce cricket to all the elementary schools in Bowie, then to the middle schools, and then to the high schools. The sport sells itself. With the experience gained in Bowie, I would like to replicate this throughout Maryland, then throughout the US. I want to give parents and kids the option of another sport, and a really great sport it is.

“I firmly believe that cricket is a great sport, and for it to succeed in America, we need to get all the American kids playing the game, especially the kids who don’t know anything about the game.

“I would also like to see one of the kids in the Bowie program play hard ball cricket in the Washington Metropolitan Cricket League or in the Washington Cricket League.

“Another long term goal is to get kids from this program make it to the USA National Cricket Team.”

Q: Why is this initiative important for youth cricket development?
“At the elementary school level, kids are now learning about the different sports and as they grow older, they will gravitate to the one or two sports they like the most. So the best place to introduce kids to cricket is at elementary school when they are still determining their best sport. Also, their parents will get to know the game and love the game as well. The parents have to be involved in cricket to make it succeed.

“We cannot stop there. We must continue to have cricket at middle schools, high schools, and at colleges. It would be fantastic if colleges started awarding scholarships for cricket.”

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