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The History of Cricket in the United States

Good shot, Mouse!" comes a voice from a little horde of observers under an overhang at the edge of a softball field in rural Atlanta. It's an elimination round season finisher between the Tropical Sports Club and North Atlanta on a blistering evening toward the beginning of October, and a Tropical player has recently hurled a ball over the fence. Be that as it may, this is a match, not a game; the player is a batsman, not a hitter, and a ball whacked over a fence is a "six," not a grand slam. This might be a softball precious stone, yet the activity on the field—sorry, the pitch—is cricket. 

Toward one side of the shade, an enormous West Indian lady is grilling jerk chicken in an oil drum. There's fiery fish soup and Red Stripe lager. Reggae blasts out of the rear of a van. Between "balls"— throws, in baseball—the men talk governmental issues and think back about existence back on the island of Jamaica.