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Tournament Director: Daun Jacobsen
Contact Email: info@usawca.org

 
This June, women from around the country are coming to Cupertino, California to compete in the National Women’s Cricket Tournament conducted by the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA). This is the first time this event will be held on the west coast and people are very excited.
 
“We are really looking forward to some fun cricket” states Raj Padhi, USACA’s director for the west region. “Women’s cricket is still very young but growing in this country and we hope that, by seeing women play at this level, more in the area will be inspired to join.”
 
Indeed, five teams will be participating in the tournament which is already a big jump from last year’s two teams. The goal is to have women’s teams in all the eight regions of USACA within the next couple of years.
 
The tournament will begin June 4 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new international-standard pitch at the Cupertino library ground on Torre Avenue. This ceremony will be followed by matches on that day plus June 5 and 6. The winners will be honored at the end of play on June 6 and all will be celebrated for participating in this event.
 
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The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) is a national non-profit organization that governs the game of cricket all around the USA. Its mission is to promote the game of Cricket at all levels in the country, develop national teams that will be competitive and successful in international competitions, and to become a symbol of excellence in sports throughout the world.

The opening ceremony will be at the Cupertino Library ground at 9:30 AM on June 4.  This will include a ribbon cutting over the new turf pitch.

 

DateTimeTeam 1Team 2Venue
June 4, 2010 11:00AMWestern ChargersNorthEastCupertino Library 
June 5, 2010 9:30AMWestern FirebirdsAtlantic Cupertino Library
  9:30AMNorthEastNew YorkDilworth School
June 6, 2010 9:30AMNew YorkWestern FirebirdsCupertino Library
  9:30AMWestern ChargersAtlanticDilworth School

 Venues

Cupertino Library groundDilworth School ground
10454 Torre Ave1101 Strayer Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014San Jose, CA 95129

 

Atlantic Warriors | New York | North East | Western ChargersWestern Firebirds


 

Atlantic


Anju Malik

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Beulah Pidakala

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Busha Imran
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Debbie Bally
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Gul Imran
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Ivy Mahabir
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Kalapana Bangari
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Martha Randoo
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Pauline Williams
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Rachel Persaud
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Sahar Azmat
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Salaisha Salim Fonte
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Shirley Powell
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Timika Kowlessar
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Sheldon Mollineau
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Lalta Persaud
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New York

Beverly Browne
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Brenda Cordner
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Catherine Crowe
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Catherine Jones
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Diana Richelieu
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Donna Glasgow
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Doris Francis
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Grace Chadderton-Richards
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Joan Serrano
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Louise Browne-Jackson
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Minelia Sanchez
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Olga Charles
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Reneasha Richards
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Cliff Roye
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North East

Ananya Upendran
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Candacy Atkins
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Elizabeth Lorena Vitte
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Indomatie Goordial-John
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Karen Bayles
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Lisa Matthew
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Lowattie Chowrle
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Meenakshi Bhaskar
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Monique Mathee
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Nadia Gruny
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Shebani Bhaskar
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Shondell Ward
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Triholder Marshall
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Basil Butcher
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Marjorie Dianne Aaron
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Linden Fraser
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Western Chargers

Chanel Summers
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Deepa Mahalingam
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Heta Dave
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Keerthana Kanagaraj
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Manohita Gurram
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Meghana Paranjape
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Rekha Seshadrinathan
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Rohini Prabhune
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Sangeeta Mudnal
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Sangita Jayaraman
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Shwetha Kayathi Kayathi
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Vani Nori
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Yogita Manghnani
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Vishal Arora
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Western Firebirds

Akshatha Rao
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Anna Mittal
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Bushra Ali
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Durga Das
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Erica Rendler
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Habiya Beg
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Malathi Joseph
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Nithya Bayya
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Rajashree Mahale
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Ritu Bhargava
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Sana Ilahi
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Sandra Ibarra
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Sonakshi Sagar
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Sumedha Sagar
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Dashrath Sankhe
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Suganya Jayaraman
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USA Cricket, Women's Style
 
Firebirds Celebrate Taking Atlantic WicketJune 4, 5 and 6 saw three days of beautiful weather and enthusiastic women as the 2010 USA National Women's Cricket Tournament took place at the Cupertino Library ground in California.  Five teams of female players from around the country converged in the San Francisco bay area to compete for the National Championship.  They represented many walks of life from the east, central and west parts of the USA.  And they ranged in age from high schoolers to grandmothers!  But all had one common goal - to play the best cricket they could.
 
Each team played two matches over the three days.  The North East team stood out and took the top honors.  But the other four teams had respectable showings and it came down to net run rate for determining the Runners-Up.  This went to the local team, Western Firebirds as they held off the New York team for just enough overs to pass them in the ratings.
 
Raj Padhi, USACA Director, Western Region"This was a fantastic tournament for the USA Cricket Association as we hosted some great players who showed us their best.  From this pool of women, we are selecting the players who will represent the USA in Canada next month during the ICC Americas World Cup Qualifier Tournament" states Raj Padhi who is the USACA Director for the Western Region.  "We couldn't have asked for a better time with these ladies really going at it, showing us they can be fierce competitors while, at the same time, forming great friendships across team boundaries.
 
The players not only met in matches over the three days but also gathered over dinner Saturday night to discuss the future of women’s cricket in the USA.  This dinner was graciously sponsored by the Rotary of Cupertino who put on a fine selection of Indian food.  Many of the ladies who play are of Indian decent while others hail from West Indies backgrounds, Australian upbringing, and Pakistani-American families, all who migrated to the USA to call it home.  There were also a number of native born ladies who found the sport intriguing and different enough from other “regular” sports in this country to be excited by it.
 
“The dedication, talent and energy of the group was heavily contagious and I am so thankful to be a part of this resurgence of women's cricket in the US. The competition was tough, but friendly” says Erica Rendler, who picked up the game not too long ago after watching it on a trip to Australia. “Competing with players from across the nation was a great experience.  I have dreams about cricket and it is quickly taking over my life!”
 
MVP Indomatie Goordial-JohnOut of the 60 plus players, Indomatie Goordial-John of the North East team stood out with her heavy hitting, especially in the first match.  Racking up 95 runs as well as taking one wicket during that match against the Western Chargers, her effort was the base for a 281 score in their 40 overs which the Chargers could not overcome in the second inning.
 
Doris Francis of the New York team was one of the outstanding bowlers who gave only 10 runs in 8 overs while taking 3 wickets in the match against the Western Firebirds.  During the match with the Western Chargers, Gul Imran from the Atlantic team also showed great bowling capabilities by not only grabbing 2 wickets in 8 overs with only 10 runs given but also taking catches to get 3 batters out.  And in fielding, Erica Rendler of the Western Firebirds showed off her softball background, moving fast on the outfield, collecting the balls cleanly and throwing them back in a flash.
 
The women were definitely fired up and are excited to see who among them will be selected to be part of Team USA.  Those top players will travel to Canada for that ICC Qualifier tournament which starts July 12.  And all are looking forward to future tournaments in the USA.  "I am looking forward to be back next year to participate in your forthcoming tournaments" states Ivy Mahabir, captain of the Atlantic team.
 
As women around the country see this kind of action in the USA, it is bound to encourage more to participate.  So next year's tournament will very likely see more teams participating and more enthusiastic play.
 
Here is a summary of this tournament's results:
 
Five teams participated:  Atlantic, New York, North East, Western Chargers, Western Firebirds
 
Player of the Match Awards - one for each of the five matches:
     Match 1 - Indomatie Goordial-John, North East (75 runs; 1 wicket)
     Match 2 - Durga Das, Western Firebirds (29 runs)
     Match 3 - Shondell Ward, North East (8 overs for 8 runs)
     Match 4 - Doris Francis, New York (8 run; 3 wickets, 10 runs in 8 overs)
     Match 5 - Gul Imran, Atlantic (11 Not out; 3 catches; 2 wickets, 10 runs in 8 overs)

Best Fielder of the Tournament: Erica Rendler, Firebirds
Best Wicket Keeper of the Tournament: Catherine Crowe, New York
Best Bowler of the Tournament: Beulah Pidakala, Atlantic
Best Batter of the Tournament: Indomatie Goordial-John, North East
Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Indomatie Goordial-John, North East

Champions: North East
Runners-up: Western Firebirds
Third place: New York
Fourth place: Atlantic
Fifth place: Western Chargers
 

 

 Photographs to be posted soon.

If you were a part of this tourney as a player, coach, manager, scorer, spectator, etc., please feel free to provide your feedback.

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