Beach Cricket Comes To Far Rockaway Beach
"The club is comprised of mostly Australians and Americans," said Jeff Thompson, a police officer at the 101 Precinct, who put the club together and also runs www.Bigcricket.com. The team also has Kiwi, English and Scottish players as well."
The July 28 event, put on with the assistance of the Parks Department, featured four teams and a total of 28 players, with each team sponsored by a business or organization with ties to the Australian-American community.
"Beach cricket is a pastime event in Australia as old as cricket itself," explained Thompson in an e-mail to The Wave. "It is comparable to playing whiffle ball or Frisbee at the beach or a summer barbecue. It's great fun and not taken as seriously as the real thing."
The DubPie Floaters beat out the three other teams - Sheep Station, Advance Googlies and Advance Flippers - in the tournament played on Beach 19 Street. "This was the first year it [the tournament] was held, and although it comprised non-Rockaway residents, we hope to include local cricket players next year," Thompson said.
"Anyone who is interested in playing with the Roos, as we are known, are more than welcome to e-mail me," continued Thompson, whose e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. "We are more of a social club, but when we play we take it serious. We have held practices on cement in parks, and played 'proper' cricket games against local established clubs from New Jersey, Connecticut, and Manhattan."
Beach cricket has recently become a commercial venture, when an Australian beer sponsored the XXXXGold Beach Cricket Tri-national tournament, with England beating out Australia and West Indies for the title.
Cricket's origins go back to 17th century England. It arrived in the American colonies soon after. By the 18th century, it had been introduced to the West Indies and Australia and to New Zealand and South Africa in the early 19th century.