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The Napa Valley Cricket Club is off to the “City of Brotherly Love” to renew both friendships and rivalries with the Philadelphia Cricket Club this weekend in Pennsylvania.

With the Philadelphia club having toured Northern California in September 2013, the NVCC has taken up the invitation of a return game at PCC’s stunning ground in Willow Grove just 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.

“Part of the culture of cricket is an away trip either during or at the end of the season,” explained NVCC vice president Andrew Healy. “After our successful trip to Los Angeles last year to play the Beverly Hills Hollywood Cricket Club, we decided to take up the invite from the Philly boys and head to the East Coast.”

The Philadelphia Cricket Club is steeped in history, having been founded in 1854 — which makes it not only one of the oldest cricket clubs in America, but also the world. The cricket plays second fiddle to tennis for a large part of the summer. As a result, the PCC plays a truncated season that starts in late spring then gives way to tennis and when autumn arrives. Cricket starts again until the weather calls a halt in early November.

“It’s exciting to go and play at places likes St. Martin’s,” Healy said of the clubhouse, “as they have so much history and tradition that surround them. For a club like ours with only three years of history behind us, it makes us realize what a wonderful game cricket is, as all are welcome.”

The NVCC hopes to overcome the commonly known problem of “Touring Team Syndrome,” whereby touring teams invariably end up losing. The NVCC touring party has a day of sightseeing planned for this Friday, with a meal at a restaurant customer of its sponsor, Clos du Val, scheduled for Friday evening. With only the one game planned for the weekend, the NVCC players hope to return to the West Coast with a win under their belts.

Napa Valley Cricket Club thanks sponsors Clos du Val, Cork Supply USA, Tonnellerie Saint Martin, Biagi Bros., Oracle, Napa Point Brewing, Domain Chandon, Napa Gourmet Foods, Treasury Wine Estates, Ciatti, Taltarni, TricorBraun WinePak.

Visit http://napacricket.com for more information about the Napa Valley Cricket club.

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