Cricket on the Dartmouth Quad published Feb 1793 1793. Engraving by J. Dunham & S. Hill
Cricket was probably played by the early English settlers in North America in the 1500s & 1600s, and according to historian David Sentence there is documentation from 1709. The earliest 'picture' of cricket in America that still exists is an engraving first published in 1793 of the game being played on the Dartmouth College Quad, where it was played regularly !
Of course the earliest sports team of any kind in America were cricket teams at Haverford College in 1834, and University of Pennsylvania in 1842. The game was played regularly in the 1800s on "the Green" & intermittently over the years at Dartmouth even into the 21st century, playing friendly matches against different non-college teams mostly. However it was not until late 2013 that an official club was started to be a member of American College Cricket and began playing in the American College Cricket Home & Away season.
After 4 games Dartmouth got a huge victory over Harvard but it took until Fall 2017 for the club to develop the organization and strength to play in the American College Cricket Ivy League Championship, where their all rounder Lorenzo Magni topped the Batting & Bowling. This tournament gave them the confidence to aim for the National Championship, and so, under Club President Anwesh Dash the team will play in it's first National Championship this March 14 to 18 !
The 2nd college playing in its first American College Cricket National C'ship is Wilfred Laurier, known as Laurier University, from Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. It will be one of 3 Canadian universities, the others being Ryerson the 2017 Champion, and McGill University from Montreal which is returning after 5 years, led by Club President Hamza Ahmad.
Laurier has been playing for a while and competed in the 2017 Canadian College Cricket National Championship. They then joined American College Cricket and competed in the Mid West C'ship in Detroit, giving a tremendous performance and only losing in the Final in the last over ! Their Club President Abdul Naeem is a dynamic force on and off the field, and his explosive batting helped tremendously. The Laurier pace attack is extremely good, with fielding to match, and the team is excited to make their first trip to the National Championship in Florida that they had heard so much about. The club has received a lot of school support and Associate Director, International Student Support, Peter Donohue is making the trip.
The 10th American College Cricket National Championship is March 14 to 18, 2018 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida where it started in 2009. Some matches will be played at the CBRP Stadium where India played the West Indies in 2016, and the CPL has hosted matches for 2 years. Games will be Live Streamed everyday starting at 9am Eastern March 14 on the American College Cricket Facebook page