Another Maryland Elementary School Takes Up Cricket


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.




Maryland YCA President Leads Cricket Instruction At Anne Arundel Middle School


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.





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


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

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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Germantown Kids CC Travels To Virginia To Play Wicket Club Team


Weather getting cold is no reason to not play cricket. In the Mid-Atlantic, 2 teams: Germantown Kids Cricket Club (GKCC) from Maryland; and the Wicket Club (WC) in Virginia, found a way to continue playing friendly games in indoor setup at the Wicket Club location in Virginia. On November 10 the third match in an ongoing series between teams from two neighboring states was played. Being indoors, the usual outdoor match rules were modified (and some new ones created – for example, negative points for an out) which resulted in an exciting, fast paced match between two worthy opponents.

GKCC won by 30 runs, having scored 108 versus 78 from WC.

From GKCC, double digit scores from several team players helped propel final tally: Tanuj Shah (21); Varun Gangadharan and Nikhil Sahni (18 each); Udai Singh (15); Ritwik Yaragudis (12); Rohit Gore (5); Sanjith Narayanan and Raghav Haridas (4 each) Shankar Haridas (3); Ishaan Verma and Ameya Deshmukh added 2 each.

On WC side, Shakeel Bawa (19); Wazeer Bawa (15); Tejas Singh (11); Sidharth Vasireddy (9) and Aadya Nair (8); Aseem Awasthi (7); Shiv Nair (2) and Anadi Awasthy (1) contributed.

Both sides’ bowlers performed just as well.

From GKCC, Raghav Haridas took an impressive 3 wickets in a single-maiden over, while his brother, Shankar Haridas took additional 3 wickets over 2 overs with just 4 runs. Some of the other bowlers statistics are: Sanjith Narayanan (2 for 19 in 4 overs; 1 of which was a maiden over with 1 wicket); Tanuj Shah (3 for 17 in 4 overs); Rohit Gore (0 for 23 in 4 overs); Varun Gangadharan (1 for 5 in 1 over); Ishaan Verma (0 for 10 in 1 over)

WC bowlers showcased an equally impressive performance: Sidharth Vasireddy took 3 wickets in a single-maiden over. Some of the other bowlers: Aseem Awasthi (1 for 10 in 12 overs); Shiv Nair (0 for 25 in 4 overs); Shakeel Bawa l (1 for 24 in 4 overs); Anadi Awasthy (0 for 17 in 2 overs); Aadya Nair (0 for 2 in 1 over); Aarez Amin (0 for 13 in 2 overs); Wazeer Bawa (0 for 4 in 1 over)

After the exciting match the two teams shared lunch provided by WC parents. GKCC, the current Maryland state champion, has an overall score of 3-0 against WC after this third game. The 4th match of this series being planned for December. The enthusiasm and camaraderie shared by players and parents from both teams is consistently demonstrated in these friendly matches and helps create a positive environment for the game to flourish.





Another Maryland School District Takes Up Cricket


On September 27, over 20 Anne Arundel County Maryland schools came together for an introduction to cricket and to receive free American Cricket Champ sets. Anne Arundel County is the tenth Maryland county to introduce cricket to its students through the USYCA Schools Program.

USYCA President Jamie Harrison, a resident of Anne Arundel County, led the instruction and set distribution. Video of the teachers engaging in a light-hearted game can be seen here.

A second event for Anne Arundel County teachers is already under consideration, and plans are being made to launch a new community youth cricket program in the county next year.

USYCA wishes to thank Walter R. “Skip” Lee III, Coordinator for Health, Physical Education and Dance in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, for arranging this event.


Germantown Wins Maryland Youth Cricket Championship

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Germantown Kids Cricket Club swept the honors yesterday at the Germantown Soccerplex as its A squad won the inaugural Maryland Youth Cricket Championship, while its B squad also won its final. Umpire Ram Ragoo donated trophies and certificates to be awarded to each match’s Most Valuable Players, adding to the excitement.

In the opening match of the day, the Bowie Boys and Girls Club A squad defeated Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council by five wickets to secure 3rd place.

Leading the way for Bowie again was Tyler Chotoo with 28 runs, including four boundaries and a six, while Julia Chotoo chipped in a very useful 11. Rey Sasaki top scored for LTRC with 23, including 2 fours, while teammate Will Prestwich added 11 and a boundary. Tyler Chotoo and Rey Sasaki were named MVPs for the match.

On the bowling side, Travis Hansen took two wickets for Bowie and Adi Gopakumar took two for Lutherville-Timonium. Gopakumar also took two catches in the loss.




In the B Level finals, Germantown won comfortably by seven wickets.

GKCC was led by Rohit Gore, who scored 11, Sannuthi Samuel with 9 and Harbin Singh with 7. For Bowie, Joseph Zacharski top-scored with 5 while Alyssa Logan had 3.

Jay Desai took 3 wickets for GKCC, while teammate Shiv Luthra had two. For Bowie, Joseph Zacharski had two wickets.

Germantown’s Rohit Gore was named an MVP, as was Bowie’s Joseph Zacharski.




In the first-ever Maryland Youth Cricket Championship, Germantown took on undefeated Cockeysville Recreation Council. Tossing the coin for the championship match was Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Deputy Secretary of State of Maryland. Cockeysville won the toss and elected to send GKCC in to bat.

The match was dominated by great bowling from the start, with Germantown being restricted to 18-7 in its first innings, while CRC was then held to 20-5. In the second innings, Germantown was only able to add seven more runs before being bowled out for 25, setting up what appeared to be a certain Cockeysville victory.

GKCC bowling, however, rose to the challenge, and CRC wickets began to tumble. In the end, all five wickets were taken at the expense of only three runs, and local favorite Germantown rushed onto the pitch to claim the title and the Naden/Lean Cup.

Arjun Rakheja top-scored for Germantown with 7 (12), while teammate Varun Gangadharan collected 6 (22). For Cockeysville, Alex Dua had 7 (18).

With the ball, GKCC’s Sanjith Narayanan took 4 wickets, Anav Babbar took 3 and Bradford Desai took 2 catches. For CRC, Harshil Patel took 3 wickets, while wicketkeeper Alex Dua had a career day in the field, grabbing five catches and being involved in two run outs.

Sanjith Narayanan was named MVP for Germantown, while Cockeysville’s Alex Dua claimed MVP honors for the runners up.


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CRC vs. GKCC 3

Raising the Cup