May 16, 2011
Youth cricket in New Jersey took a step forward recently with the
start of a new initiative designed to bring outreach and development
together under one organization:
Excerpted From DreamCricket.com:
The much awaited New Jersey Junior Cricket League (NJJCL) got off to a
roaring start on Saturday with a match between Black Ops and Alpha
Wolves. Alpha Wolves led by Pranav Kanukollu defeated Black Ops led by
Sahan Ratnayake by 3 wickets in a 25-over rain-shortened match played at
the Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ.
A word-of-mouth recruitment effort in the weeks following the ICC
World Cup helped bring in enough players into the league for two teams.
More kids are expected to join after the school year ends. The league
has also launched a Facebook campaign to recruit more players.
A breakthrough on the ground was achieved thanks to the efforts of
the Amwell Valley Cricket Club (AVCC). Hillsborough based AVCC teaches
Americans how to play the game in a family-oriented and recreational
"NJJCL's coaching and development of youth cricket aligns well with
our mission," Alan George, President of AVCC wrote notifying that his
club agreed to sharing the use of its ground.
As a result of the agreement, the NJJCL will move to its permanent
home at the Hillsborough Golf and Country Club next week and will play
all its matches there until mid-September.
The NJ Youth Cricket Program will be an autonomous extension of the
CLNJ from a legal standpoint. The program will be financially
self-sufficient and a youth cricket committee will run the operations of
Clarifying the difference between the NJ Youth Cricket Program and
NJJCL, Palaparthi said, "The NJ Youth Program comprises three
initiatives - the NJ Cricket Outreach to enhance participation in the
sport, the NJ Junior Cricket League to provide year-round playing
opportunities and the CLNJ Colts team, which will serve as a feeder from
age-group cricket to the senior league."
Palaparthi emphasized that the NJJCL is open to all kids as long as
they want to play the game. "We invite all kids over the age of 11,
regardless of whether they received formal coaching or were coached
informally by their own family members. If they have the ability and the
inclination, the league's doors are open," Palaparthi added.
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