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June 11, 2014

Port Arthur team wins Cricket championship

PORT ARTHUR — Southeast Texas Cricket League (SETXCL) held its 2014 spring tournament final game of 20/20 Cricket between Port Arthur Tigers and Baytown Cricket Club last Sunday at the Babe Zaharias Park in Beaumont.

Cricket developed from its origins in England into a game which is now played professionally around the world. Cricket is played with a bat and ball and involves two competing sides of 11 players. The field is oval with a rectangular area in the middle, known as the pitch. Two sets of three sticks, called wickets, are set in the ground at each end of the pitch.

The sides take turns at batting and bowling (pitching); each turn is called an “inning”. The bowlers, delivering the ball with a straight arm, try to hit the wicket with the ball. This is one of several ways that the batsman is dismissed, or put out. A bowler (pitcher) delivers six balls thus completing an “over”, and then a different player from his side bowls six balls.

This continues until 20 overs have been bowled. The batting side defends its wicket. After 20 overs the other side gets to bowl 20 over and the bowling side will now bat and defend its wickets. Nowadays, 20 over games have gained the most popularity since these games are more fast paced and consist of big hits.

After the establishment of United States Cricket Association in 1961 Cricket has slowly but surely gained some popularity in the United States. This popularity gained much speed after 20/20 cricket was introduced and changed the history of cricket. Before it was considered a slow sport with not much excitement. Now is considered one of the most exhilarating and exciting sports played across the globe.

In attendance among many fans and spectators were the guests of honor, City of Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobby” Prince and Beaumont City Councilman Jimmy Smith.

Both teams presented a high level of sportsmanship and professionalism in their performance of the game of cricket inside and outside the field. The Port Arthur Tigers came out victorious by winning the game by 40 runs.

The Boys in Green celebrated their victory with cheers of joy and happiness as their four-month long tournament had come to a conclusion and at the end they were deemed 2014 Champions of Southeast Texas Cricket League.

Amongst other sponsors and supporters local businessman Glen Morgan offered the Cricket League to hydrate the cricket players and spectators with his electrolyte replenishing product known as Overtime. All the fans and supporters were very pleased with the arrangements made by the SETXCL and were kept on their toes with the exciting performances of the game offered by both teams.

SETXCL President Osman Swati (also Captain of the Port Arthur Tigers) has thanked all the players and teams that participated in this tournament and promised to keep Cricket alive in Southeast Texas. The tournament was concluded with an award ceremony where different players were awarded for their exemplary performances throughout the tournament in various aspects of the game.

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