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2009 Mayor’s Cup: Queens Looks to Three-Peat!

By John L. Aaron
June 12th, 2009
The finals of the 2009 New York City Mayor’s Cricket Cup kicks off tomorrow at a spanking brand new City Cricket Ground in Brooklyn. For the third straight year the Borough of Queens will vie for the coveted trophy sponsored by the Office of the Mayor of New York City and managed by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation led by Commissioner Adrian Benape.

Victorious Queens (Eastern American Cricket Association) poses with trophy officials.

Queens Borough clashes with Manhattan Borough at the new Seaview Park Cricket Ground located at 87th Street and Seaview Avenue, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Ironically, it is the Borough of Brooklyn’s Commissioner of Parks Julius Spiegel, who has been the inspiration and driving force behind the five-Borough tournament and the development of the dedicated cricket fields at Canarsie and Gateway Plaza Mall. It is a testament to the connectivity enjoyed by the Commissioner and the cricket-fanatic constituents of the five Boroughs of New York City. The cricketing community of New York City owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Commissioner Spiegel for his tireless effort in facilitating the development of such playing grounds, where the cricketers don’t have to compete with the soccer and baseball players for prized pieces of real estate to enjoy the gentlemen’s game of cricket.

Therefore, it was by no accident that two weeks ago, the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) held its national Under-19 Youth Cricket Championships exclusively in Brooklyn and hosted by the New York Cricket Region. It was a tribute to the Borough’s Parks Commissioner, who was in attendance at the opening ceremony and graciously posed for pictures with each of the eight regional teams.

Tomorrow’s clash is a great one as both teams are expected to field very strong squads, however, some pressure will be on the Borough Queens to emerge champions for the third straight year. The day’s exciting Twenty20 format gets under way at 9:00am with a breakfast, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00am and the first ball being bowled at 11:00am.
May the best team win!

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