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How to play cricket in New York in Summer 2023

Are you missing picking up the cricket bat and ball here in New York? With the Ashes now underway, it's a big summer back home, but for any Aussies in New York itching to have a hit or a trundle, the New York Kookaburras Cricket Club are recruiting for next year's cricket season in New York and the Tri-State Area!

Despite cricket not being overly popular in the U.S. (but that's changing fast) the New York Kookaburras Cricket Club has been around for more than three decades now, and they just wrapped their first season in one of New York's metro leagues. The club also plays a bunch of friendlies every summer on some of the US' most-lauded cricket fields in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Who can play cricket in New York?

Whether you last played in school, or all your life – they want to hear from you!

The club exists not only to play cricket but also to meet new friends, and develop and build a community network beyond the cricket field.

The club strives to embrace and provide a support base for Australian’s and their partners and families who live in the Big Apple.

How do you apply to join the cricket team for the 2023 Summer Season?

Applications are open to anyone and everyone. You can apply as a player, spectator, sponsor, or something else. To apply to join the New York Kookaburras Cricket Club, click here to go to their website.

If you have any questions or want to talk to the team, you can email them here.

How long have the New York Kookaburras Cricket Club been playing in New York?

Founded by Drew de Carvalho in 1987 and with the help of then Consulate General Chris Helford, the Kookaburras played their first match in Central Park against a NY England side.

Since then the Aussies have played matches against other clubs and international expat sides. Annual fixtures have risen from four per year to around a dozen with sides from the north east of America keen to play against the New York Aussies.

You can read more about the history of the team and meet the current team at their website.

Josh Pugh

Josh Pugh

A business founding, digital marketing focused, charity driving, community builder from South Australia, living in New York City. After moving in 2017, Josh realized that there was an opportunity to curate and help the community of expats who moved to the United States – and launched America Josh.View Author posts

3 thoughts on “How to play cricket in New York in Summer 2023”

  1. So excited to see this article Josh and then bitterly disappointed it was only about the New York Kookaburras Cricket Club. I’m an Aussie (from Melbourne) married to an American that has a huge passion for cricket and loves playing with my family when we go back home. He was thrilled to find out about the Kookaburras last year but was turned away because he’s not Australian. Their feedback “We’ll accept him if he has an Australian passport!” There was another Aussie in the same boat, with a South African husband interested but turned away. Such a shame, cricket is a great game and us Aussie’s here in NYC should be happy to share it to those enthusiastic enough to join, even if they aren’t Australian citizens. He ended up finding a group out in Brooklyn – all inclusive. Come one, come all. If anyone else has a non-Aussie looking to enjoy playing cricket check out Wanderers New York Cricket Club.

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