Fans flock to a professional cricket match

Hundreds of people attended a Minor League cricket match between the Silicon Valley Strikers as they played against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara. The Strikers won the championship in 2021, the inaugural year of MiLC.

Sunil Parekh, from Mountain View, and his two sons – Sukhman, 8, and Jordhveer, 5 – were watching their first cricket match. Sunil, an avid National Football League fan, said of cricket, “It’s a very diverse sport, I don’t just see people from the Indo-American community here, I see a lot of communities here. “

The Strikers formed in 2020 as part of the original 24 teams to compete in Minor League Cricket.

“It’s fun for me to see them (his kids) watching players who look like them playing professional sports, that was the draw,” Parekh said, adding that he was “really proud of the community for his support”.

The strikers won the match 136-132.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Sukhman Parekh, 8, of Mountain View, watches cricketers warm up with his father Sunil and brother Jordhveer, 5, for the Minor League cricket match between the Strikers of Silicon Valley and the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Muhammad Irfan Jr. (22) of the Silicon Valley Strikers meets his team before their Minor League cricket match against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, August 1.  14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Muhammad Irfan Jr. (22) of the Silicon Valley Strikers meets his team before their Minor League cricket match against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, August 1. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: For their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: For their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Andrew Daluwattefor of the Hollywood Master Blasters takes a catch during warmups before their match against the Silicon Valley Strikers for their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Andrew Daluwattefor of the Hollywood Master Blasters takes a catch during warm-up before their match against the Silicon Valley Strikers for their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Arizona Calif., Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: For their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: For their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Unmukt Chand (9) of the Silicon Valley Strikers takes to the field against the Hollywood Master Blasters in their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday August 14.  2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Unmukt Chand (9) of the Silicon Valley Strikers takes to the field against the Hollywood Master Blasters in their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday August 14. 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Spectators watch Silicon Valley Strikers' Unmukt Chand take on the Hollywood Master Blasters for their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022 (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Spectators watch Silicon Valley Strikers’ Unmukt Chand take on the Hollywood Master Blasters in their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Lendl Simmons (93) of the Silicon Valley Strikers hits a home run during their Minor League cricket match against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Lendl Simmons (93) of the Silicon Valley Strikers hits a home run during their Minor League cricket match against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday August 14. 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Lendl Simmons (93) of the Silicon Valley Strikers heads for the sidelines after being knocked out in their Minor League Cricket game against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara , Calif., Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Lendl Simmons (93) of the Silicon Valley Strikers heads for the sidelines after being eliminated in their Minor League cricket match against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 14. 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Unmukt Chand (9) of the Silicon Valley Strikers hits a home run for their Minor League cricket game against the Hollywood Master Blasters at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday August 14. 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: The Silicon Valley Strikers knock out the Hollywood Master Blasters after the Strikers won 136-132 for their Minor League cricket game at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, August 1.  14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: The Silicon Valley Strikers knock out the Hollywood Master Blasters after the Strikers won 136-132 for their Minor League cricket game at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, California. California, Sunday, August 1. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Unmukt Chand (9) of the Silicon Valley Strikers is pictured with fans after beating the Hollywood Master Blasters 136-132 in their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Unmukt Chand (9) of the Silicon Valley Strikers poses for a photo with fans after beating the Hollywood Master Blasters 136-132 in their Minor League cricket match at Wilson High School in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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