San Ramon schools compete in regional cricket tournament

Local middle-schoolers earn Best Batsman, Best Bowler, Best Fielder

A team from Pleasanton's Harvest Park won the middle school division in the inter-school youth cricket tournament hosted by Cricket for Cubs throughout the Tri-Valley last month.

Harvest Park's Ajay Immadi earned Best Player honors among middle-schoolers and schoolmate Khilan Surapaneni shared in the Best Fielder award during the tournament contested over two weekends on cricket pitches in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon.

Dublin's Amador Elementary School took home the title in the four-team elementary division. In all, the competition featured 180 young cricketers on 14 teams from schools representing the three host cities and Mountain House.

In the middle school division, Harvest Park's first team defeated the club from San Ramon's Iron Horse Middle School in the championship.

Other individual honors went to Shamith Pasula from Iron Horse (Best Batsman), Vasu Gupta from Gale Ranch in San Ramon (Best Bowler) and co-Best Fielder Shresta Talluri from San Ramon's Windemere Ranch.

The division featured two teams from Harvest Park, Windemere Ranch and Fallon from Dublin, along with single teams from Hart in Pleasanton, Iron Horse, Gale Ranch and Mountain House.

In the elementary division, Amador defeated fellow Dublin school John Green in the championship. Mountain House Elementary and San Ramon's Hidden Hills also competed.

Individual honors went to Ayush Batghare from Amador (Best Player), Aarush Vaid from Mountain House (Best Batsman), Prabhav Doma from John Green (Best Bowler) and Amador's Anika Kolan (Best Fielder).

The two-weekend tournament benefited from the help of dozens of volunteers. The closing ceremony also featured representatives of the local city councils and school boards, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and officials from regional and national cricket organizations.

In addition to being honored at the tournament, the title-winning Harvest Park squad was honored by the Pleasanton school board at its May 23 meeting.

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Posted by LoneTreeDiver
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm

I remember when a similar article came out a year ago. There was some discussion as to why immigrants should encourage their children to assimilate to Western/American sports. This looks like a fun sport, but I do not understand the rules.

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Posted by Puleez
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

1987 called and asked for you to return the antiquated notion of "assimilation."

Modern notions of social science suggest that immigrants who come to the US to *integrate* bring more to the proverbial cultural pie than a sterilized notion of "assimilation."

just as your white European ancestors came here and *integrated* into society, adding something to the mix, folks from South Asia (who by the way, acquired cricket from the British), are sharing and bringing something to our cultural mix by introducing something new to the cultural milieu.

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Posted by DanvilleAmerican Baseball
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

And still, nobody cares about hopscotch, nobody cares about tetherball, and nobody cares about hide and go seek. Baseball, Football, Basketball, Auto racing, Tennis, Golf, and Wresting are AMERICAN.

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Posted by Quail Run Parent
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:03 am

Quail Run Parent is a registered user.

YOu are showing your age, you forgot 'wall ball'.

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Posted by Fun Fact
a resident of Danville
on Jun 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm

@DanvilleAmerican Baseball:

Fun fact! USA participated in the first international cricket match. Also, cricket was far more popular than baseball in the US until the Civil War. Baseball grew in popularity because it was promoted as the native and patriotic sport, and a baseball game only lasts a few hours, whereas cricket matches at the time lasted five days (they still do, but there are shorter versions of the game, too).

But hey, good talk. 'Merica!

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Posted by MaggieMay
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Cricket "WAS" more popular is the key phrase. Reference to the Civil War is so 1800's.

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