Cricket for Cubs led by Ramesh Immadi, successfully completed the fourth edition of its Inter-school tournament with an impressive closing ceremony on May 21st last. It was a great couple of weeks for youth cricket in the USA.
The non-profit Cricket for Cubs organization was established two years ago with five youth board members and a dream to have local schools compete against each other in a youth cricket tournament.
After 18 months, 14 teams, 180 players from 11 schools and four different school districts – Dublin Unified School District (DUSD), Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD), San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), Lammers Unified School District (LUS) (Mountain House) found themselves playing 35 games in two different divisions, Middle and Elementary, and over two weekends at three different grounds, with some nail biting finishes.
Thanks to all the team managers and parent volunteers, without whom an event of such a scale would not have been possible.
The tournament ended with gala closing ceremony, with Akhtar Masood Chik Syed, Ex USACA President and current Executive Director to Board, representing the North West Region, Sankar Renganathan, Executive Secretary, USACA, Catharine Baker, State Assembly Member, David Haubert, Dublin Mayor, Dublin Council Members Abe Gupta, Arun Goel and Mellisa Hernandez, Jerry T. Thorne, Pleasanton Mayor, Pleasanton Council Members Kathy Reed Narum, Phil O’Loane and San Ramon Sridhar Verose, San Ramon Parks and Rec. Commissioner, Steve Meher, PUSD Board Member, Ken Mintz, SRVUSD, Satyen Lokanandi , SRCA President, Anuj Patel, NCCA President, Vineet Kataria, BACA, Yasir Farooqui, Milpitas Cricket, Biju Nair, ThinkPalm Chairman and President, Sujesh P, Santa Clara Cricket Club, Dashrath Sankhe, Cricket Coach, Clint Copeland, Cricket Coach, and many more local and Bay Area cricket fraternity stakeholders.
State Assembly Member Catharine Baker distributed the certificates o f participation to all the players who participated in the tournament.
Jerry T. Thorne, Pleasanton’s Mayor announced that the City of Pleasanton has approved the construction of a cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park, Pleasanton.
Following the Finals, Pleasanton Unified School District facilitated Harvest Park Cricket Club for winning the Championship at PUSD Board meeting on May 23.
Trophies were distributed in below categories:
Championship – Amador Elementary Cricket Club, Dublin
Runner Up – John Green Cricket Club, Dublin
Best Player – Ayush Batghare, Amador Elementary Cricket Club
Best Batsman – Aarush Vaid , Mountain House Schools Cricket Club.
Best Bowler – Prabhav Doma, John Green Cricket Club
Best Fielder – Anika Kolan, Amador Elementary Cricket Club
Middle School Division:
Championship – Harvest Park Middle School Cricket Club, Pleasanton
Runner Up – Iron Horse Middle School Cricket Club, San Ramon
Best Player – Ajay Immadi, Harvest Park Middle School Cricket Club.
Best Batsman – Shamith Pasula, Iron Horse Middle School Cricket Club.
Best Bowler – Vasu Gupta, Gale Ranch Middle School Cricket Club
Best Fielder – Khilan Surapaneni, Harvest Park Middle School and Shresta Talluri, Windmere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon.