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Philadelphia and Napa Valley Teams

An elusive “Hat-trick” fails to save Napa Valley Cricket Club in Philadelphia

On a field as green and flat as a billiard table and in a setting reminiscent of an English village ground, Napa Valley Cricket Club narrowly lost a low scoring match against the historic Philadelphia Cricket Club. This despite an elusive hat-trick (the taking of three wickets in consecutive balls) by NVCC bowler Tim Ford, the first in the club’s history.

Tim Ford and Phil Bourke batting for Napa Valley

Tim Ford and Phil Bourke batting for Napa Valley

The representative team from NVCC travelled to Philadelphia to play against one of the oldest cricket clubs in the USA. Philadelphia Cricket Club was formed in 1854 at a time when cricket was the dominant summer sport in North America. Over the years the club evolved into a country club offering multiple sports and, reflecting the demise and then recent re-emergence of cricket more broadly in America, stopped playing cricket in the 1920s before taking up the bat and ball again in the 1990s.

The NVCC team was welcomed with a lunch on the club’s verandah and warmly greeted by Philadelphia Captain Tom Culp, who shared some of the history of the club and expressed his gratitude to NVCC making the long cross-country trip to Pennsylvania.

After overnight and morning rain threatened the game, NVCC went out to bat under overcast conditions and was soon in trouble, losing a wicket in the opening over. The pair of Michael Rule and Alastair Martin dug in and slowly moved the score along to 22 before Rule fell to a catch. This was the first of three partnerships of about 20 runs that moved the score along to five wickets for 82, but the lack of a longer partnership hurt NVCC.

After Tim Ford fell for an innings high 37 runs NVCC lost three more wickets in quick succession slumping to eight out for 97 before Clive Richardson helped the tail wag putting on 19 runs to help NVCC to 121 at the end of their 30 overs.

Tim Ford with his hat-trick victims

Tim Ford with his hat-trick victims

With the clouds dispersing and sunshine warming the ground, Philadelphia began the chase in swash buckling form racing to 53 in nine overs, with opener Mark Marsan hitting 36 off 31 balls, before losing two quick wickets. The NVCC bowlers began to restrict the Philadelphia scoring and the game started to even up. Philadelphia had reached 94 for the loss of just four wickets, thanks largely to a steady 32 from Riz Ishmail, in the 23rd over when Tim Ford struck with his hat-trick, all the more impressive as all three were cleaned bowled. An even more remarkable double hat-trick was almost achieved with the fourth ball but the catch to first slip was dropped.

At seven for 94 the game was evenly poised, however George Connelly for Philadelphia wrapped the game up with a rapid-fire 20 off 14 balls to give the home team victory with 15 balls to spare.

Tour Captain Colin Nolan hitting through mid-wicket

Tour Captain Colin Nolan hitting through mid-wicket

After the game Napa touring captain Colin Nolan presented Mark Marshan of Philadelphia with the traditional Clos du Val Man of the Match award and NVCC president Phil Bourke presented Philadelphia captain Tom Culp with a signed bottle of Clos du Val wine to commemorate the trip.

Englishman Nolan reflected on the tour saying “The team felt honored to play on a beautiful ground that was reminiscent of many cricket clubs in England. In addition, to play against a team of absolute gentlemen made the experience somewhat special. While Napa Valley Cricket Club lost the match after a good comeback, our players will always remember the tour with the fondest of memories. To top the day off with a Philly cheese steak, put the icing on the cake!”

Next Game(s)

Saturday December 6th, Napa will be participating in the Quarter Finals of the Last Man Stands US Championships at Piper Park in Marin.

Sponsors – The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors – Clos du ValCork Supply USATonnellerie Saint MartinBiagi Bros., Oraclego vino3 rock marketingDomain ChandonNapa Point BrewingJoseph CellarsCornerstone CellarsCiatti & Co., Rebel Dog Hot Dogs, Napa Gourmet Foods, Treasury Wine EstatesLyve Systems Inc., Calistoga RoasteryIPC Hospitalist GroupTaltarni707 Embroidery Zone and TricorBraun WinePak.

Philadelphia Cricket Club with their pavilion in the background

Napa Valley CC heads to Philadelphia

The Napa Valley Cricket Club heads to the “City of Brotherly Love” to renew both friendships and rivalries with Philadelphia Cricket Club this coming weekend. With Philadelphia CC having toured Northern California in September of 2013 the NVCC have taken up the invitation of a return game at their stunning ground in Willow Grove just 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.

“Part of the culture of cricket is an away trip either during or at the end of the season” explains NVCC vice-president Andrew Healy “and after our successful trip to Los Angeles last year to play Beverly Hills Hollywood CC we decided to take up the invite from the Philly boys and head to the East Coast”

The gates at the Philadelphia Cricket Club proudly displaying their history, which dates back to 1854

The gates at the Philadelphia Cricket Club proudly displaying their history, which dates back to 1854

Philadelphia CC is steeped in history and the cricket club was founded in 1854 which makes it not only one of the oldest in America, but also the world. The cricket plays second fiddle to tennis for a large part of the summer. As a result they play a truncated season that starts in late spring then gives way to tennis and when autumn arrives cricket starts again until the weather calls a halt in early November.

“It’s exciting to go and play at places likes St. Martin’s (the name of the clubhouse) as they have so much history and tradition that surround them” said Healy “and for a club like ours with only three years of history behind us it makes us realize what a wonderful game cricket is, as all are welcome”

The NVCC hope to overcome the commonly known problem of “Touring Team Syndrome” whereby touring teams invariably end up losing. The NVCC touring party has a day of sightseeing planned for this Friday with a meal at a restaurant customer of their sponsor Clos du Val scheduled for Friday evening. With only the one game planned for the weekend the NVCC hope to return to the West Coast with a win under their belts!

Philadelphia CC at Napa Valley Cricket Club in September 2013

Philadelphia CC at Napa Valley Cricket Club in September 2013

Sponsors – The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors – Clos du ValCork Supply USATonnellerie Saint MartinBiagi Bros., Oraclego vino3 rock marketingDomain ChandonNapa Point BrewingJoseph CellarsCornerstone CellarsCiatti & Co., Rebel Dog Hot Dogs, Napa Gourmet Foods, Treasury Wine EstatesLyve Systems Inc., Calistoga RoasteryIPC Hospitalist GroupTaltarni707 Embroidery Zone and TricorBraun WinePak.