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Don’t understand cricket? Here’s a primer


Members of the Littleton Tigers huddle together during a Colorado Cricket League match against the Denver Dynamites Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Cornerstone Park in Littleton, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Brenner/Special to The Denver Post)

The bat hit the ball with a solid whack, sending runners scurrying. The men on the field quickly determined which teammate could make the play and cheered him on.

The ball bounced into his hands. The runners halted. They’d scored a couple runs, but nobody left the field and the batsmen quickly set up at their wickets for the next ball. The bowler considered his options.

Confused? The game was cricket, an unusual sight to most folks at Englewood’s Cornerstone Park that June morning. Onlookers  were just there to walk their dogs or play pickleball, but a few stopped and watched for a few minutes, trying to make sense of the strangely familiar, centuries-old sport.

Colorado is home to more than two dozen cricket clubs, most of them members of the Colorado Cricket League. Teams represent cities up and down the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, and play almost every week from April through October.

Members of the Littleton Tigers huddle together during a Colorado Cricket League match against the Denver Dynamites Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Cornerstone Park in Littleton, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Brenner/Special to The Denver Post) 

“When I first joined we had, max, 8 teams,” said Dharam Patel, 30, of the Littleton Cricket Club. “Maybe 9 or 10. Now we’ve got 27 teams … . We were adding almost two to three teams a year.”

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On the heels of that success, Major League Cricket begins its second season July 5 with teams in six cities.

And in 2028, both men and women will be competing in cricket in the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, after the IOC agreed in October to reintroduce the sport. Teams will play Twenty20 cricket, a popular version of the game that lasts about three hours. Patel said the baseball-like pace could draw even more eyes to the sport.

“I think it’s just to incorporate more folks, and have more viewership,” he said. “The U.S. market is a huge market to …read more

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