So it was with USC tailgaters watching, American College Cricketers battled on the USC soccer field – delighting in playing on the best outfield I have seen a cricket game played on in the USA !
The tailgaters ate & drank, and asked questions about cricket and what they were witnessing – they the unexpected cricket contest as a build up to the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins football game !
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The Trojans Cricket Club of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Southern California Junior Cricket Association hosted the American College Cricket West Coast Championship this Thanksgiving Weekend for the TV Asia Trophy.
The perfect outfield was fast, and allowed playing of shots like real cricket – along the ground! This was definitely not “bush cricket” as novelist Joseph O’Neill said.
Ammerican College Cricket Advisory Board members David Sentance and Arvin Varma played huge roles in a delightful weekend of competition, as a TV Asia crew reported on the West Coast Championship – next year the 3 games – the Semis and the Finals will be televised from California.
The USC Trojans played undefeated winning all their games, including the Finals vs Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. Ravi Thimbawala was declared the Championship MVP for his batting which included scores of 74,44 and 32. Ravi also took 4 wickets with his medium pace, and a run out.
UC Riverside made their American College Cricket debut, won 1 game and lost 1.
The Thunderbird team once again made the 8 hour drive from Arizona, and lost in the Finals for the 2nd year to USC.
USC won their game against rivals UCLA Bruins, just as the Trojans did later in football.
The air was electric as thousands of fans tailgated Saturday for the USC/UCLA football game – hundreds did so whilst watching the American College Cricket teams play on the USC campus.