By Lloyd Jodah
Student-athletes from 19 universities will smash runs, hurl bouncers and make bare-handed catches whilst competing for the title National Champions at the highly anticipated 2010 American College Cricket Spring Break Championships.
Cricket Clubs from Ohio State (OSU), Auburn University, College of Wooster, George Mason (GMU), Rutgers University, Boston University (BU), U of Southern California (USC) , York College (NY), University of Miami (UM), U of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Minnesota (UMN), George Washington U (GWU), Thunderbird School of Global Management, York University (Toronto), University of St Cloud, U of South Florida (USF), U of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and New York University (NYU) will challenge 2009 defending Champions Montgomery College for the prestigious Shiv Chanderpaul Trophy.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the USA 2010 Under 19 World Cup Team (comprised mainly of college freshmen) will play as Special Guests. The 20/20 matches are expected to last no more than three hours each.
The American College Cricket Spring Break Championship is scheduled for March 17-21 2010, at the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP) near Ft. Lauderdale. The CBRP features an International Cricket Council ODI-certified cricket stadium. The Semis and the Finals will be played March 21 at the Stadium and be webcast live.
The inaugural American College Cricket Spring Break Championship in 2009 featured five colleges and was covered by the New York Times, resulting in national and jnternational attention, including Cricinfo.com. Sports Illustrated featured a video about that championship as a “must-see” video.
Perennial college football powerhouses USC Trojans and Ohio State Buckeyes will start a new rivalry…this time in Cricket! There’s an intra-state rivalry brewing between the “U” (Miam)i and USF. The U of Minnesota and U of St Cloud are representing the land of the Vikings. UMBC is out to prove it is the best in Maryland, whilst York University is leading the way for Canada. Cricket stronghold New York City is represented by two schools, NYU and York College whilst the Thunderbird School does the honors for Arizona.
College of Wooster joins the Buckeyes to represent Ohio. GWU and George Mason storm in from strong cricket areas in the mid-atlantic, whilst BU feels it can make the second US President John Adams, cricketer, proud. Rutgers, the “birthplace of college football” in 1869 is determined to put its stamp on college cricket whilst Auburn southern football powerhouse, gets its chance to make its mark in cricket. UPenn, one of the pioneers of US college sports, having started a cricket team in 1842, is determined to add to their illustrious history whilst carrying the flag for the Ivy League.
Adil Bhatti, captain of Montgomery said, “Since winning the 2009 Championship its been an amazing time for my team. Its increditble to play cricket and be a part of the college sports scene. Colleges are seeing how cricket can bring positive national and international attention, and students, to their school. So it’s no surprise that this year the Championship is huge!”
At the Championship, Spring Breakers and Cricket fans will have the opportunity to watch exciting 20/20 Cricket action, and also enjoy what South Florida, home of the 2010 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl, has to offer: a first class Spring Break and tourist destination featuring beautiful beaches, outstanding Cricket facilities, and the world famous nightlife at South Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
For additional info contact: Lloyd Jodah at 646 515 0712 or via Dogevpr2@aim.com
Nino DiLoreto at 954 732 5527 or via Nino.DiLoreto@yahoo.com