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Cricket Club to host annual tournament Sept. 23-25

Student Cricket Club hosts annual Champions League tournament.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-22-11]

Minnesota State Mankato’s Cricket Club will host nine teams for an interstate, Champions League cricket tournament Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25.

The annual tournament – free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public – will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Myers Field House and will continue until 11:15 p.m. Competition will resume Saturday at 9 a.m., continuing until 11:15 p.m. Semifinal and final matches will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The team roster will include clubs from North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Winona State and St. Cloud State, as well as Minnesota State Mankato student and alumni clubs.

In 2007 a group of Minnesota State Mankato international students organized the university’s first cricket tournament, and it quickly became the region’s biggest. Since that time the international students have organized an annual cricket event.

Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport between two teams, usually with 11 players each. The match is played on a grass field with a flat surface (“pitch”) in the middle. At each end of the pitch is a set of three parallel wooden stakes (“stumps”) and two crosspieces (“bails”), which together comprise the “wickets.”

A player bowls a hard, fist-sized leather ball from one wicket toward the other. The batsman from the opposing team defends the wicket from the ball with a wooden bat, while other members of the bowler’s team stand in various positions around the field. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.

Loved by millions in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and Central America, modern cricket originated in England and is popular in present and former states of the Commonwealth. It is the nation’s most popular sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and is a major pastime in England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bermuda and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean.

Those who want more information about the tournament may contact Sanjaya Ranasinghe at (507) 573-1206 or go to and search for “Mankato Cricket Club.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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