The Melbourne/NY Alliance Cricket Club cut the ribbon on a $650,000 new natural grass cricket field in Baisley Pond Park, Queens. “Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in New York City and the Parks Department has answered the call by building more than 30 cricket fields throughout the city,” said The Parks Commissioner.
The new work includes a league size cricket field. The runoff water from the new field is directed to a new “green” drainage system of planted bioswales, which are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. The new drainage system allows new areas for attractive plantings of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wild flowers.
The history of cricket extends from the 16th century, with international matches played since 1844. Cricket originated in England and is now played throughout the world. It has long believed that cricket should be played in accordance with its traditional ‘spirit.’ In the late 1990s, two distinguished ex-England captains sought to enshrine the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ into the game’s laws. This would remind players of their responsibility for ensuring that cricket is always played with good sportsmanship.
Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports and is now one of the most widely played in the world. It is the world’s second most popular sport after soccer, or better known internationally as football. Currently, 10 cricket fields are in construction in New York City parks.
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