Fri, March 9, 2018
- Posted by Jamie Howieson
Laurier Cricket ready to compete at American College Cricket
Laurier Cricket will be participating in their first-ever American College Cricket (ACC) Nationals
Laurier Cricket will be participating in their first ever American College Cricket (ACC) Nationals, taking place this year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From March 14 to 18, 24 schools - including Laurier, one of three Canadian schools - will compete for the national championship.
This is the tenth ACC National Championship. It takes place every year in Florida where the top American College Cricket teams come together and compete. Teams qualify through their respective regional championships. The first American College Cricket Championship happened March 2009 and the organization has since been the leader in cricket in USA, including doing the first webstream in March 2010, the first TV broadcast in October 2011, and the first ESPN broadcast in March 2014. It has also motivated the development of infrastructure for the game on many campuses including cricket fields.
The Golden Hawks qualified after falling short of winning the 2017 Midwest regional championship by one run in Detroit against Wayne State University from Buffalo, New York. They were undefeated in the tournament leading up to the finals.
“Our team has been practicing tirelessly since regionals to ensure that we have a great performance at Nationals,” says Abdul Naeem. Naeem is the captain and club president of Laurier cricket. He says the team is prepared to compete at nationals.
The Golden Hawks have a strong batting line up, led by Armaan Kapoor and Hrishi Modi. Modi was the best batsman, and Naeem was the MVP at the regional tournament. They also have a great bowling attack which consists of 3 pace bowlers and 3 spinners.
“This is our first year participating in the American College Cricket circuit and we’ve already managed to qualify for the Nationals,” said Naeem. “I’m looking forward to what our team will accomplish at Nationals.”
ACC Founder & President Lloyd Jodah said, "The intensity level at Nationals has sometimes been overwhelming for new teams. But with the experience they have, Laurier came into the Mid West C'ship and did really well so I'd say they are coming to Florida with a lot of confidence.Abdul has done a tremendous job developing the club."
There will be a total of 49 matches in 5 days, with Live Streaming starting at 9 am Eastern everyday from March 14 to the 17th on the American College Cricket Facebook page. The Semis & Final will be shown in SONY on tape delay. Follow the Laurier Cricket Club Facebook page for updates on the team’s road to nationals!
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