On July 21, Delbarton Sports Experience Camp went global...campers were introduced to Cricket, a bat-and-ball game unfamiliar to most baseball-playing American youngsters. Although cricket's origins are unclear, the first recorded cricket match took place in south-east England in the 16th century. The popular sport spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire, and today the ICC, the game's governing body based in Dubai, has over 100 members. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport, after association football (soccer to Americans) and is followed primarily in Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, the Indian subcontinent, southern Africa and the West Indies.
Campers were fortunate enough to get lessons from a master: recent grad Zohaib 'Z' Ahmad '16 plays in a cricket league out of Newark and had the skills to prove it. He and fellow counselor Tim Gearty '16 tooks turns as bowler -- pitcher in baseball -- while campers lined up to try their hand as batsmen. At least one camper had prior experience and the others were quickly catching up.
Cricket was one of several sports young Delbarton campers rotated through on a beautiful July morning at Sports Experience camp. Lunch with new friends and horsing around in the pool were to follow. There may be better ways for a young man to spend a summer day...but we can't think of any right now. (Note: Today is the last day to sign up for the final week of Sports Experience camp. Click here for details.)