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USACA National Under-19 Tournament New York City

May 21st, 2009
The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) in conjunction with the New York Cricket Region today announced that plans are well under way for this weekend’s national Under-19 tournament being hosted by the New York Cricket Region in Brooklyn, New York.

The four-day tournament (May 22 – 25, 2009) is expected to attract the most talented youth cricketers in the USA and representing seven participating regions of the USA Cricket Association. National selectors are expected to be on hand scouting for players to represent the USA at the ICC Americas regional championship in Canada later this year, with all eyes on getting to Kenya in February 2010 for the Under-19 Youth Cricket World Cup.

Some 112 players, officials, family members and supporters are expected to start arriving in the Big Apple on Thursday evening for the tournament. A grand opening ceremony is planned for 9:00 am on Friday morning, May 22 at Gateway Cricket Ground in Brooklyn. Several local politicians, community leaders and cricket stakeholders are expected to be in attendance for the matches expected to culminate with the national championship match on Monday, May 25 at the same venue. However, between Friday and Monday, several matches are slated for Gateway Cricket ground and the 88th and 108th Streets Canarsie Cricket Grounds in the borough of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn’s Borough Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Julius Spiegel in welcoming the youth players to New York City and more specifically the Borough of Brooklyn said, “As the borough that is home to the first dedicated cricket pitch in New York City, it is most fitting that Brooklyn hosts the future stars of the sport in America as you compete in USACA’s national Under-19 Inter-Regional Championship.”

USACA’s newly appointed CEO Don Lockerbie, in praising those youngsters selected to represent their regions, quickly underscored the importance of the tournament, saying, “The Under-19 national team will be picked from this tournament and that team will travel to Canada in July to start qualifying the United States for the 2010 Under-19 Youth Cricket World Cup next February in Kenya.”

Hosts New York has won the Under-19 national championships on two previous occasions and is certainly looking to accomplish the three-peat this year, and led by one of the nation’s top all-rounders Gregory Sewdial. However, the west coast is expected to provide some strong opposition to the reigning champions New York on the latter’s home turf.

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