Cockeysville Tops Germantown In Maryland Junior Cricket League Opener

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June 23 marked the opening day of the inaugural season of the Maryland Junior Cricket League, which has community teams from across the state competing for the first-ever Maryland Youth Cricket Championship. In what is becoming a delightful custom of youth cricket in Maryland, after the matches were completed, players, families and friends from both sides came together for a meal prepared by the home team’s parents.

In Baltimore County, homestanding Cockeysville defeated Germantown of Montgomery County 76-60 in the “A” game (advanced players), while Germantown took the honors in the “B” game (developing players), 60-25.

In the “A” game, Cockeysville’s Sami Sabeeh produced a game-high 24 runs off 22 balls, including 3 sixes, while teammate Alex Dua notched 23 from 21, which included 2 fours and a six. For Germantown, Arjun Rakheja picked up 9 runs from 23 balls while Dheeraj Sharma had 6 from 14. Starring with the ball for Germantown were Tanuj Shah who took 4 wickets for 16 runs, picking up the match’s only maiden along the way, while Sanjith Narayanan snatched 4 for 23 runs. For Cockeysville, Avakash Bhat took 2 wickets while allowing only 12 runs and Harshil Patel nabbed 2 for 14 runs.

In the field, Germantown’s Nikhil Sahni grabbed three catches with Shiv Kohli taking two, while Anav Babbar’s spot-on throw netted his team a run out. For Cockeysville, Alex Dua made two catches and Mohammed Hallaj-Rana got two run outs in his team’s victory.

In Prince George’s County, the match between Bowie and Lutherville-Timonium was abandoned due to rain.

Next week, Cockeysville hosts Bowie, while Germantown visits Lutherville-Timonium.

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Maryland Junior Cricket League 2013 Match Schedule

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Maryland Junior Cricket League 2013 Match Schedule:
6/16 – Cockeysville at Germantown, Lutherville-Timonium at Bowie
6/23 – Germantown at Lutherville-Timonium, Bowie at Cockeysville
6/30 – Bowie at Germantown, Cockeysville at Lutherville-Timonium
7/14 – Germantown at Bowie, Lutherville-Timonium at Cockeysville
7/21 – Semifinals
7/28 – 3rd place match, finals

Cockeysville Middle School In Maryland Prepares For Cricket Season

CMS3Cockeysville Middle School in Baltimore County will be the site of a new community youth cricket program this spring. The Cockeysville Recreation Council-sponsored program will open on April 28 and compete in the new Maryland Junior Cricket League that begins match play in June. Many of the students in Cockeysville area schools are from cricket-playing backgrounds, and the team, which will be coached by MYCA President Jamie Harrison, hopes to progress quickly.

Registrations are only $50 for an entire season of cricket. The program will conduct a Walk-in Registration Day on April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Padonia Elementary Activity Room. The first twenty registrations will receive a cricket gift and all registrations entered into drawing for a free cricket set. There will also be cricket bat-and-ball sets available for purchase.

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Two Maryland Schools Receive Cricket Instruction

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Two Maryland schools received cricket training this week from USYCA President Jamie Harrison. On March 19, Harrison visited Oakland Mills High School in Howard County. Oakland Mills had been supplied with four USYCA American Cricket Champ sets purchased by the county, and sought instruction so as to put the equipment to better use. Harrison worked with several Physical Education classes, starting with a brief introduction to cricket before getting the students organized for a quick match. Here’a a brief video of the students playing.

On March 20, Harrison joined Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council head cricket coach Warren Prestwich at Timonium Elementary School in Baltimore County. The two stayed at the school the entire day, teaching children in all grades how to play cricket. At the end of the day, the school was presented with its own USYCA American Cricket Champ set to keep.

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MYCA Adds Officers, Launches Junior Cricket League

Maryland Youth Cricket Coaches (L-R: Anu Babbar, Warren Prestwich, Ajith Silva, Sham Chotoo. Not pictured: Greg Edwards.)

Maryland Youth Cricket Coaches (L-R: Anu Babbar, Warren Prestwich, Ajith Silva, Sham Chotoo. Not pictured: Greg Edwards.)

On Saturday, December 15, Maryland junior cricket coaches huddled with Jamie Harrison and Justin Bruchey of the Maryland Youth Cricket Association in Glen Burnie. The meeting was set to work out the details of the new Maryland Junior Cricket League, set to launch in June 2013. The attendees also decided to expand the administration of MYCA, with the coaches stepping up to assume offices in the organization.

The junior cricket league will play throughout June and July, with league semi-finals and finals to be played at the conclusion of the league schedule. Embracing the developmental nature of the players, most of whom are new to cricket, matches will utilize heavy tennis balls, which will be safer for the children. The league will also have two divisions, separated by skill level, with programs sending one team to each.

Programs from across Maryland are slated to participate in the league: Germantown Kids Cricket Club, Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council, Bowie Boys & Girls Club, South Carroll Junior Cricket and the Washington Cricket Center.

Locations of MYCA programs

Locations of MYCA programs

After a discussion of the vision, plans and needs of the MYCA, these officers are announced:

President – Jamie Harrison

1st Vice President – Anu Babbar, Germantown Kids Cricket Club

2nd Vice President – Greg Edwards, South Carroll Junior Cricket

Treasurer – Sham Chotoo, Bowie Boys & Girls Club

Secretary – Warren Prestwich, Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council

Member at Large – Ajith Silva, Washington Cricket Center

Member at Large – Justin Bruchey

The new MYCA Board of Directors will be meeting again in February as it continues to prepare for the coming cricket season.

Howard County Breaks Ground On New Cricket Pitch

County Executive Ken Ulman speaks about the new cricket pitch

On November 2, Howard County Recreation & Parks welcomed County Executive Ken Ulman and other dignitaries to Schooley Mill Park in Highland for the groundbreaking of its new cricket pitch there. The county, led by Recreation Supervisor Derek Ludlow, has been actively expanding its cricket offerings in response to the growth of cricket in the area.

The county will also be launching a new introductory youth cricket program for area children next year.

The ground will be regraded with a pitch that will be artificial turf over concrete, and should be ready for play in Spring 2013 and allows the Howard County Cricket League to double its team capacity.

After the ceremony, County Executive Ulman took a few minutes to have a bat and a bowl on the new site.

Cricket Takes Center Stage At Maryland School’s Fitness Fair

On October 27, the Timonium Elementary School in Maryland held its annual Fitness Fair, and cricket was a featured sport. USYCA, represented by President Jamie Harrison and Greg Edwards of South Carroll (MD) Cricket, hosted an information table at the fair, and spent the day teaching children the basics of the game. In addition, the school’s gymnasium was the site of an hour-long cricket demonstration. At the end of the day, Timonium Elementary’s principal, Donna Scaccio, was presented with a USYCA American Cricket Champ set for her school’s use.

A number of the students attending were already cricket fans, having participated in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council cricket program last summer.