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Twenty nine US colleges and two Canadian colleges will compete in the 2011 edition of the Chanderpaul Trophy, American College Cricket announced on Friday.
In addition to the 31 contenders, two guest teams - Excelsior High School of Jamaica, and Presentation College of Trinidad & Tobago, will play games that will not count towards the championship. The teams will be split into four conferences with one of the tournament's top four seeds - University of Southern California, Auburn University, Rutgers University and North Carolina State University - playing in each conference.
The tournament, which began in 2009 with five teams quickly grew to twenty teams in 2010.
"Many new college clubs are joining American College Cricket. We are assisting in the formation of cricket clubs and developing teams at Universities all across the USA and Canada," Lloyd Jodah, ACC President, told CricInfo last summer. Those efforts appear to have paid off as evidenced by the number of teams in 2011.
The participating teams are - University of Iowa, UPenn, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Ohio State University, University of Central Florida, College of Wooster, York University (2010 champions), Texas A&M, University of Florida, Penn State, UMBC, University of Tampa, University of Minnesota, NJIT, St. Cloud State, North Carolina State, Montgomery College (2009 champions), Auburn, Florida International, McGill, George Mason, University of South Florida, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Boston University, GWU, NYU-Poly, Cleveland State, University of Southern California, University of Houston and Florida Atlantic.
The Championship will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from March 15 to 20, at the Central Broward Cricket Stadium and side fields, and at Brian Piccolo Park. For live coverage and webcasts, please visit AmericanCollegeCricket.com.