Several articles appeared during June 2008 in Pittsburgh area newspapers, all about cricket in that city.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on June 15, 2008 wrote about the local league, Pittsburgh Cricket Association which was formed in 2004 and now has 10 teams.
According to another article, this one on Pittsburgh Tribune Review on June 19, 2008-
When Shailesh Bokil and Paul Mackay, originally from Sydney, founded the association in
2004, they thought they had established the area's first organized cricket
group. They soon learned they were 125 years too late for that honor.
In the same article, the newspaper noted -
The area's best "ground" being squeezed between two soccer goals at Edgebrook
Field in South Park. But that hasn't diminished the love of the game for about
200 members of the Pittsburgh Cricket Association.
Finally, in an amazing article, Reg Henry, a Singapore-born, Australian-reared
cricket lover, who is the Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Post-Gazette, wrote about his own experience with cricket in an article dated June 11, 2008.
Only once did I make him (dad) proud, when a shaft of
light descended from heaven, blinding the bowlers (pitchers) and allowing me to
score run after run, much to the amazement of my teammates.
Early in May, that shaft of light came back briefly in
Philadelphia, once the center of America's cricket universe. Pittsburgh was
playing in the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival. It was the last day
of the four-day tournament and the Pittsburgh boys found themselves short a
I know a player, I said. My son, Jim, 25, was in
Philadelphia for the weekend. He is an-all American boy with no patience and
little experience of cricket, but he takes after his mother in sporting
So it happened that Jim and I got to play together at
the Germantown Cricket Club, a grand remnant of American cricket's glory days in
the 19th century. We were playing a British team, the Privateers, whose members
all looked straight out of "Masterpiece Theatre" and were frightfully good
The situation was desperate late in the game when I
strode to the wicket to join Jim at bat (two batters are on the field at the
same time in cricket and alternate hitting the ball). The shaft of light
appeared and we batted together, defiant to the last.