Fast Forward: Cricket at Haverford College

Weekend afternoons, the guys in white can go from late morning until dusk.

Haverford College is the only college in the nation to have a varsity cricket team (see attached YouTube video). But cricket has been played there continuously since 1850, according to a history of the Philadelphia Cricket League on its web site.

We stopped by to catch some league action earlier this month.

From the Haverford College Athletics home page: 

"Cricket is Haverford's oldest and most distinctive sport and was possibly introduced by the English landscape architect who planned the campus in 1833, William Carvill. Club teams conducted robust competition on campus from the early 1850s, and one of the first intercollegiate contests of any variety played anywhere was Haverford's victory over the University of Pennsylvania in cricket in 1864.

"One of the earlier varsity players, Henry Cope, Class of 1869, inspired Haverford cricketers for many decades, and the team's picturesque home pitch, surrounded by the president's and faculty members' houses, is now named in his honor."

Editor's note: See also: "" (posted July 30, 2011).


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