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new to Naperville (Ilinois) the English sport of cricket has attracted
dedicated players who enjoy devoting weekend hours to the game from May
through September. In fact, Naperville was among the first to
recognize the groundswell of interest in cricket and the city's Park
district actually runs an immensely popular league for cricketers.
Pic (Right): Wolves win 2010 Naperville Cricket Cup.
“The Naperville Park District is the only park district that operates a
cricket league,” said Program Manager Gary Foiles. “We have seen
tremendous interest in the sport and are looking forward to the opening
of the District’s second cricket pitch at Nike Sports Complex in late
which was ranked the second best place to live in the United States by
Money Magazine in 2006, is home to numerous corporate headquarters
including Tellabs and BP Amoco Labs. Over
the years, the city has attracted a healthy share of immigrants. The
city has a median family income well over the national average and its
residents include a sizable population of immigrants from cricket
expansion of the existing Nike Sports Complex, which once was one of 18
U.S. Army Nike air defense system sites in the Chicago area, will
result in 20 more acres for community
sports play and recreation - nearly doubling the current facility's 25
Speaking about the expansion, Sarti Krishnan, Manager of the Wolves cricket team that plays in the Naperville league said, "People are going to come to play their sport of choice but they
will also sign up to play other sports because they will be exposed to
them at the facility. This is a major advantage of a multi-sport
facility and serves the community well. The new facility will keep up
this great tradition of the park district by producing sports stars of
In the 2010 season, 9 teams competed in the Park District cricket league. Foiles anticipates that the size of the league will double when the new facility opens.
Foiles and Sarti Krishnan plan to present what they have learned about
park district cricket leagues and facilities to other interested park
districts at the annual conference of the Illinois Park and Recreation
Association in Chicago in January, 2011.
This year the coveted Naperville Cricket Cup went to the Wolves who
defeated the Titans on September 26, 2010 at the Commissioners Park.
To learn more about the Naperville Park District and it programs and
facilities, please visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000.