The Napa Valley Cricket Club will again host its World Series of Cricket on Sunday, July 23rd, from 10 a.m. at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa as its showcase match of the 2017 season. As ever the game will be hotly contested as the Rest of the World (RoW) team of members look to retain the trophy they won from the American / Australian (AA) team in 2016, and are also looking to tie up the annual event score at 3 wins apiece with the AA team currently ahead 3 – 2.
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world after soccer and The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) is now a firmly established member of that community. Cricket is played in over 100 countries worldwide and close to home the game has a strong and passionate following in the South Bay area.
“It’s one of the club great traditions as each season we pit club members against each other based on their country of birth and with the club boasting members from 11 countries it makes for a truly special day.” said club president Rob Bolch “It has turned into a great day out not just for the players but also for their families, friends, kids, and those curious about the game. We’ve had up to 200 attend the game in previous years and we’re looking forward to a similar attendance on Sunday 23rd at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa” continued Bolch “It’s a fun day out for the family with supervised activities for the kids, food from Compadres and beverages from our sponsors Clos du Val, Chandon, and Anchor Steam Brewing”
While Bolch, an Australian, will be lining up alongside his fellow Australians and a number of American members Irishman Andrew Healy will be part of the Rest of the World team looking to retain the trophy they won in 2016. “We have a Rest of the World team made up of members from seven countries,” said Healy, NVCC vice president “New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, England, Ireland, and this year Afghanistan with the addition of new members, the Safdari brothers – Mustafa and Mujtaba. We’ll be playing hard to hang on to the trophy and level the overall score at 3 wins apiece.” continued Healy “The game highlights the international diversity of the game of cricket right here in our own community with all of the members working or living in the Napa Valley. One of the highlights of the game for us is the fact that we have a number of American members in the club of a couple of whom have become cricket converts and will be key participants in the game particularly with their fielding.”
Added American member and club treasurer Jared Thatcher “I first got exposed to cricket at college; I love the challenge of adapting baseball skills to cricket and have really enjoyed the camaraderie and social aspect of the club”
The toss for the game, to decide who bats or bowls first, will take place at 10.15am with Napa Mayor Jill Techel performing the task. Commentary on the game will be provided and the game will be umpired by a league affiliated umpire. During the innings lunch break and during drinks breaks explanations of the game and its rules will take place at the “pitch” area in the middle of the ground. Admission is free for the day with food and refreshments on sale and an instant cellar drawing.
The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors
Napa Valley World Series of Cricket Details
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa, CA 94559 – Map Link Here