The seventh edition of the New Inning Foundation USA Cricket Awards recognize the country’s top performers and contributors from the previous year. First awarded in 2011 to celebrate the 2010 season, these honors are a continuous effort to mark the significant achievements of the previous year both on and off the field.
By Peter Della Penna
Ahead of the start of USA’s competitive calendar for 2017, DreamCricket.com is once again recognizing the country’s top performers and contributors from the previous year with the 2016 New Inning Foundation USA Cricket Awards. First awarded in 2011 to celebrate the 2010 season, these honors are a continuous effort to mark the significant achievements of the previous year both on and off the field.
Speaking about the 2016 awards, Ram Varadarajan (pictured right), the founder and trustee of New Inning Foundation said, “For seven years now, the New Inning Awards have given us an opportunity to celebrate the passion, excellence and dedication of US cricketers. We are thrilled to be a part of this continuing tradition alongside DreamCricket.com.”
Venu Palaparthi, Founder of DreamCricket said, "Presenting the USA Cricket Awards is a continuing source of pride for DreamCricket.com, especially as a way of giving back to the American cricket community. These awards would not be possible without New Inning Foundation's support and we are pleased to continue our association. Ram Varadarajan has been side by side from the start and we are thrilled to do our part to recognize the achievements of the recipients for seven years running."
After a series of rough years on and off the field for USA, 2016 showed the makings of a significant turnaround for USA’s fortunes. Most significantly, USA gained promotion to World Cricket League Division Three after being crowned champions of Division Four on home soil in Los Angeles.
It was the culmination of a year in which USA senior team players featured in the WICB Nagico Super50 as part of the ICC Americas combined squad and a resumption of the Auty Cup rivalry with Canada. USA’s U-19 national team also showed promising signs at the ICC Americas Match Play Camp in Texas, followed by a number of players selected into the ICC Americas U-19 team to play in the WICB domestic U-19 tournament. The USA Women’s program was also revived with a squad selected to play against a touring MCC Women’s team that included former England stars Claire Taylor and Charlotte Edwards.
These teams deserve recognition, in particular some of the most exemplary performers and performances throughout the year. DreamCricket.com and New Inning Foundation have demonstrated their commitment in the past to do so and are doing it once again for the seventh year running. Each recipient will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement as well as a $200 gift certificate from DreamCricket.com’s Pavilion Shop online sponsored by New Inning Foundation.
Just as in the years past, the player awards have been decided based on a combination of factors including statistical achievement, delivering under pressure and giving one’s best effort to represent USA in 2016. The players were judged on their performances in USA’s international commitments which include:
WICB Nagico Super50
WCL Division Four
ICC Americas U-18 Match Play Camp
WICB U-19 tournament
USA Women’s series vs MCC Women