Napa Valley Cricket Club
Napa Valley CC Members Pictured at the 2019 World Series of Cricket. Submitted Photo

After a two-year pandemic enforced hiatus the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) will host its ninth “World Series of Cricket” match this coming Saturday, July 9 from 10:30am at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa. The match marks the halfway point in the clubs 2022 season and will be played on the Midway Green, on the western side of the Expo. As ever the game will be hotly contested as the Rest of the World (RoW) team of members look to defend the trophy that they won in 2019 against the American & Australian (AA) team of club members.

The NVCC uses their World Series match to showcase the game and encourages locals and visitors alike to come watch, and learn about, the game. Cricket is played in over 100 countries worldwide and close to home the game has a strong and passionate following in Sacramento and the South Bay.

“It’s our big day out each season” said NVCC president Phil Bourke, an Australian, of the World Series match “and we’re expecting a well contested match with almost all of our playing members available for the match. A number of new members will get their first taste of our World Series day when the community comes out to enjoy a day of cricket in downtown Napa.”

Fellow Australian Rob Bolch added “On a personal level I’m excited for the World Series this year as we’ll be debuting the collab brew that my business, John Fearless, worked on with our friends at Napa Barrel Project. TheAll-Rounder as it’s called will be the perfect summer sipper to enjoy while watching a great day of cricket.”

Indian born Sorabh Das captains the RoW team for the 2022 match and he has a strong pool of players to choose from. “We have a great team for the 2022 World Series.” says Das “And we come into the World Series with a number of those players having played well in recent club matches. That being said we know that the AA team will up their game for what’s always a fiercely contested match. Off the field I’m really excited to be playing the match at the Expo in downtown Napa as a number of family and friends will be coming along for the day to enjoy the spectacle.”

Club Captain Jake Radloff will be captaining the AA team in 2022 and he’s looking forward to the challenge of winning back the trophy. “The World Series day is a big one for the club but my focus will be on making sure that our team is on its game for the big day. We put a lot of time and effort into making the day lots of fun for all of those who come to watch and we’re looking forward to giving locals an excuse to get outside and enjoy some competitive cricket.”

Admission is free for the day with food from Michelin rated Lane 33 Cafe and refreshments from club sponsors 19 Crimes Wine, Napa Barrel Project, and Four Pillars Gin available.

World Series Match Day Details
Saturday July 9, 2022 from 10:30am – 4pm (approx.)
Midway Green, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa, CA 94559

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