The Pitt State Cricket Club started opened their 2019 season Saturday, April 14 with a match against Super Kings United where the Gorillas won by 78 runs. The next match was Saturday, April 20 against the All Rounders where they won by seven runs. The last match of the season thus far was Saturday, April 27 against the Rising Stars. The team dropped that match and lost by 24 runs.
Cricket Club has upwards of 60 members though not all members play or participate in games and tournaments. Some members just go out to support the club which Cricket Club encourages.
According to club member and advisor Praveen Guraja, the team played well in some aspects of the game, but ultimately could not secure a victory in the latest game against the Rising Stars on Saturday, April 27.
“Yeah we bowled really well,” Guraja said. “Cricket is played for 18 holes, so the first team played 18 and we played 18 holes. So, actually, at the toss, we lost the toss. So, they elected the bat first and it progressed to bowling… so they were batting but we did pretty well in the first nine holes because they were only 46 runs on nine holes… But the later half fine holes they scored almost 80 plus runs which took their score to 128. So, I think we gave a lot of runs in the later part of the game so those extra runs we gave cost us the match at the end.”
The loss against the Rising Stars revealed some things the team needed to improve on before their next match. They are refining their technique, making improvements and will be more prepared to fight hard for a win on Saturday, May 6 against the Wolves.
“We are hoping to see everyone in the team to step up and enjoy the game and win the next match,” Guraja said. “Sometimes losing a match will help us know our strengths and weaknesses better. We are ready to come back stronger and beat (the) Wolves this Saturday.”
The PSU Cricket Club plays as part of a league called the Cricket Premier League of Kansas City and are in Division C.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity that we got to participate in the tournament,” Guraja said. “There are a total of 27 teams in the league. In our Division we have 9 teams. We are positive that we will reach the finals this year.”
Cricket Club has a Facebook page called Pittsburg Cricket Club. They practice at Softball court three on Friday evenings from 7 to 11 p.m. Students interested in joining the club can contact Guraja at 620-719-6284 either by phone call or text.
“… We are looking for all your support,” Guraja said. “Please come and encourage us.”
Cricket Club’s next match is on Saturday, May 4 against the Wolves. The game is set to start at 11:30 a.m.