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North American Telugu Association will conduct a cricket tournament for U13 boys in New Jersey, the organization announced. Matches begin tomorrow, September 22nd, at Pitches 1 and 3 at the Mercer County Park, in West Windsor, NJ.
Six matches will be held beginning 9AM, 12:30PM and 4PM on the two grounds. The final will be held on September 29th.
The organization, which primarily focuses on celebrating Telugu culture and traditions, has allocated significant resources on building awareness for cricket. NATA's North East chapter recently conducted a tennis ball tournament in Parlin, NJ in association with NJPCL and a similar tournament was conducted in New York in association with TLCA. In May, NATA West conducted its third annual cricket tournament in Anaheim, CA.
Pic (Right): CLNJ youth at practice ahead of the NATA tournament.
The NATA North East Juniors Cricket Cup marks the first initiative aimed at U13 cricketers playing with a regulation cricket ball. The tournament is being conducted in association with CricMax.
Dr. Pailla Malla Reddy, CEO of Bactolac and Atlantic Essential Products is the tournament's grand sponsor. Gold sponsors include Raghava Reddy Ghosla, Santhosh Reddy Paturi, Siva Meka and Anna Reddy.
The tournament features six U13 teams in two groups. Two teams - CLNJ Junior Cubs and CLNJ Junior Colts - represent the CLNJ Youth program. The two year old program has grown in size with many of the boys coming from DreamCricket Academy.
The Colts will be coached by Coach Earl Daley and the Cubs by Coach Damion Morgan. In addition, a handful of boys from the CLNJ Youth program will participate as part of the other teams. In addition to the two CLNJ U13 teams, the tournament will see the participation of four other teams - Indoor Cricket Sons of Liberty, Bridgewater Tigers, CricMax Tigers and SSU Challengers.
NATA announced that Alvin Kallicharran, the legendary West Indies batsman will be the Chief Guest in addition to the Grand Sponsor, Dr. Pailla Malla Reddy (CEO of Bactolac and Advisory Council Member of NATA) and Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy (President of NATA).
The tournament was catalyzed by Nagesh Mukkamalla with the help of Srikanth Lakkasagaram. The NATA East Coast Junior Cricket committee comprising Srikanth Reddy Penumada (Chair), Nagesh Mukkamalla (Co-chair), Sarath Reddy Mandapati, Ashok Attada, Sridhar Thikkavarapu, Anna Reddy, Sarath Veta and Rajeshwar Reddy (BOD) is helping with the organization. TV Asia will cover the tournament. Further details can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.