Battle of the Wine Countries in Cricket Today

Napa and Sonoma valley clubs go to bat at the Fairground in Calistoga.

The parochial tug of war between the North Bay counties of Napa and Sonoma is well known and goes back decades.  On Saturday 11th August another chapter will be written in this long running trans Mayacaman rivalry. It could be dubbed the "Battle of the Wine Country" but given that cricket is such a gentleman's sport the only battling that will be done will be with bat and ball.

The Napa Valley Cricket Club will host the Sonoma Gullies from Santa Rosa in the first of two games during the 2012 season at their home ground at the Fairgrounds in Calistoga.

Napa Valley CC Club Captain Tim Irwin, born in Australia and Brand Manager for Penfolds Wines says “Local rivalries are as old as sport itself and down under we have plenty of them. It’s great that there is an active cricket team in Sonoma as it allows us in Wine Country to have our own rivalry of sorts.  When it comes to deciding whether Napa or Sonoma produces the best Chardonnay, Zinfandel or Cabernet we’ll leave that to others to judge as we’re hoping that our performance on the field will leave the spectators in no doubt that Napa is the Wine Country “King of Cricket”

Napa Valley CC are hoping to field a strong team for the game as they welcome back Caen Healy, a soon to be Freshman at Napa High School, from his summer of cricket in Dublin, Ireland. Club President Phil Bourke of Treasury Wine Estates says “with the summer holidays almost behind us we can call on a larger pool of our members for the rest of our games this 2012 season, which will stretch into October. That being said we’re always keen to have new folks sign up particularly locals who we’re happy to embrace into our culture of social cricket”


The 60 over game (30 for each side) starts at 10.30am on Saturday 11th August and should finish by 4pm ish!!  Bring your chairs, sunscreen, and a cooler full of water and food and enjoy a great banter filled afternoon as Napa and Sonoma battle it out over 60 overs of cricket!

More details on the Napa Valley Cricket Club can be found on the website – http://napacricket.com/

where you can find details of their games for the summer ahead on the Calendar page.


More details on the game of cricket can be found on the following websites




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The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors

Taltarni, MASilva (Cork & Glass), TricorBraun Winepak , Tonnellerie Saint Martin, Napa Smith Brewery and Crown Hill Materials.


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