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Iowans pitch cricket as a pastime (Friday, June 20, 2003)
two-dozen central Iowans who love the traditional European sport of cricket
have formed a team and built a playing field, called a pitch. One founder
of the Knights Cricket Club is Gau Sura of West Des Moines. He says matches
are no short affair as one style of cricket takes five -days- to play.
There's also a one-day version of two innings. The innings typically last
about four hours each. The game resembles a cross between baseball and
bowling and is played on a long narrow strip within a large oval. Sura,
a native of India, says most of the people on the team are originally
from somewhere outside the U.S. and developed a love for the sport early
in their lives. They're all from places ranging from South Africa, England,
Australia, and the West Indies, most of the former colonies of Britain.
Sura says cricket is the second-most popular sport in the world, behind
only soccer. Before joining the West Des Moines-based team, he says prospective
members pledge loyalty to the team and to ignore nationalities and prejudices
because of the different cultures. He says it's important to be united
in the love of the game. The Knights are competing against teams in Ames,
Omaha and Kansas City. Sura hopes more Iowans will visit Holiday Park
in West Des Moines on Saturdays to see cricket, get hooked and join up
or start their own team. For more information, surf to "www.knightscricket.org".