Cricket in New Ingerland
The game of cricket is the pre-eminent summer sport in New Ingerland. Cricket is presently the most played sport over the summer months, and is the second most popular overall. Locally, the sport is controlled by the New Ingerland Cricket Board.
Exactly when the first games of cricket were played in New Ingerland is difficult to discern.
On a domestic level, each county has a cricket team which competes in two separate competitions over summer:
- A three-day first-class competition known as the National County Championship; and
- A one-day competition, known as the Millennium Electric Cup.
The domestic first class competition is the National County Championship, with seven of the counties, the two halves of Albanyshire, and the three ridings of Centralia represented by a team, for a total of twelve teams. All first class matches in New Ingerland are played over four days. The Championship, which was established in time for the 1883/84 season, is played every summer from November to March. Attendances to Championship matches have never been as high as international games, with most games averaging around 5,000-6,000 spectators over the four days of play. In the media, the Championship enjoys widespread coverage, with all formats dedicating significant time/space to the game. On television, there is at least one game a week broadcast on the Galaxy pay television network, with Radio Television New Ingerland also showing a highlights package each week on free-to-air television.
The twelve first class teams and their primary home grounds are:
- Beaufortshire CCC (Fisher Park, Williamsdene)
- Deverauxshire CCC (Varley Oval, Swanbrook)
- East Albanyshire CCC (Glebe Park, Port Frederick)
- East Riding CCC (County Ground, Kingsbury)
- Fitzroyshire CCC (Fitzroy Oval, Corfe Harbour)
- Lunen Island CCC (Lunenborough)
- Middle Riding CCC (Shepton)
- Vernonshire CCC (Langford)
- Waylandshire CCC (Recreation Ground, TBD)
- West Albanyshire CCC (County Ground, Pasquale)
- West Riding CCC (Lynch Oval, Philipstown)
- Westerland CCC (Earnestvale)
New Ingerland's premier limited over cricket tournament is the Millennium Electric Cup. As with the first class Championship, each of the eight counties is represented by a team in the tournament, which is played at the start of the cricket season in early November. The format of the competition is somewhat unique as it involves teams batting two 25 over innings instead of the usual single innings format used by most national cricketing bodies. Unlike the first class form of the game, limited overs games tend to attract more spectators (averaging over 7,000-10,000 to most games) and enjoy prime-time coverage on free-to-air television.
At the grade level, there are teams in every town and village, playing in competitions all through the summer. Most local competitions consist of four or five divisions or "grades", with the top flight first grade coming above the seconds, thirds, and so on.
There are numerous club grounds throughout New Ingerland. The following have been Test, First Class, and ODI cricket matches:
Grounds used for test matches.
|County Ground||4,000||Kingsbury, CENT||1960/61||Ingerland (vs. NICB Chairman's XI)|
|Fisher Park||28,600||Williamsdene, BEAU||1938/39||Vodeo|
|Kingsbury Stadium||48,500||Kingsbury, CENT||1927/28||Ingerland|
|Lynch Oval||19,500||Philpstown, CENT||1936/37||Karvaland (vs. West Riding CCC)|
|Glebe Park Stadium||16,000||Port Frederick, ABNY||1871/72||tbd|