Throughout the club’s history, it has hosted teams from across the Bay Area in addition to touring teams from Philadelphia, Hoboken, Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC. International cricketers Alvin Kallicharran, a former West Indian captain, and Nick Compton, a former England and Middlesex batsman, both played at Calistoga.
The club moved to Napa in 2017 and have played most of their home games since then on the Midway Green at the Napa Valley Expo.
“It’s great to come back to play cricket in 2021 and bring all the club members together for a competitive and fun game of cricket,” said NVCC founding club captain Tim Irwin, who will be captain of the founders team on Saturday. “We only managed to play one game in 2020, at Gilroy, so having a season in 2021 with ten games seems like a giant leap towards normalcy.”
Club members cater primarily to expats who live in and around Napa Valley. Over the years it has hosted members from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa, in addition to a number of American-born cricketers.
The inspiration for the Founders vs. Newcomers match was Phil Bourke, founding president of NVCC and now club treasurer. Bourke came up with the concept of the World Series, but felt something different was needed to mark the club’s 10th season.