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In just over a month Divya Patel did a tremendous amount of work to organize the Arkansas State University Red Wolves Cricket Club, and get the team to the 2012 American College Cricket Spring Championship.
Later, back in Arkansas Divya saw the schedule of American College Cricket regional championships and told Lloyd Jodah, American College Cricket President, how he wished the Red Wolves could play in one. Jodah said:
"I told Divya that I was working on the development of 2 new clubs in his part of the country so we might be able to have a regional for him. After I made the announcement that the University of Memphis and University of Arkansas had joined American College Cricket, Divya persisted in his efforts to get a regional.
"However with a schedule of televising 6 regionals with TV Asia this Fall, I could not go to Arkansas,and the new teams, Memphis & Razorbacks were only playing hard tennis ball. But after some intense efforts by Divya and myself - and Patel offering to lend the new clubs equipment, we got the new teams to begin hard ball, and the dates of the regional was set for Oct 13 & 14. Divya wanted a date when the weather would be warm enough for football-style tailgating and barbeque!"
Divya began a whirlwind of activity organizing the barbeque around the event and making all the necessary arrangements for a field (provided by Jonesboro Cricket Club),hotel, trophies etc. He then came up with a name which was approved by Jodah: the American College Cricket South Central Championship !
So this weekend the new teams from the University of Arkansas Razorbacks CC and the University of Memphis Tigers CC will battle with the Arkansas State University Red Wolves to determine the first Champion of the American College Cricket South Central Conference !
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