In 1969, a visionary group of West Indian cricketers, who at that time was the nucleus of a Del Monte Cricket Club who won the Price Cup a few years earlier, decided to form their own cricket club.
In 1970, Caribbean Cricket Club (CCC) joined the Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA). The Club was founded by a West Indian immigrant and septuagenarian Arthur Kurton, along with young adults Tony Lalgee and Ossie Gomez, Mother Lalgee, Susan and Roma Lalgee, and teenager Gilbert Smart, all residing in San Francisco at the time. Arthur Kurton had been playing cricket in California for decades. Proudly, we also acknowledge being sponsored by deceased past NCCA President James "Jim" Vivian, a jolly and gentlemanly cricket personality with heaps of integrity.
Over the past 26 years, Caribbean has experienced peaks and valleys in its level of cricket, it's membership, it's relationship with the NCCA, and it's record of championships. Caribbean players have represented the NCCA in Raisinland Trophy games on numerous occasions. From the beginning, Caribbean was, and still remains, one of the most exciting, talented and spirited group of cricketers in the NCCA, bar none...
Contrary to jaded perception, Caribbean welcomes players from any cricket playing country to join us in playing our style of cricket. Our accomplishments and style of cricket have withstood the test of time. "Our mission is to play cricket in a West Indian style"; even if it means calypso cricket at times. Team colors are maroon and gold similar to the stalwart West Indies Test teams to which we swear unswerving loyalty and allegiance. Caribbean is also reputable for its social spirit, cricket with music, fundraising dances, and its persistency at flavoring this gentlemanly game of cricket with some island style fun.
1970 - 1975
During the years 1970 through 1975, CCC recruited a group of committed and talented players and began to set its standard of cricket here in Northern California. Most players were college students at the time. They included Noel Stewart, Jerry Allen, Horace Hurst, Michael Whitter, Mickey Gascoigne-Smith, Tony Lalgee (Capt), Donald Burkett, Winston Foote, Donald Dyer (a great batsman), Peter Best and Ashton Best, Gilbert Smart, Ahbib (leg spinner elite), John Bent and Tony "Moses" Wright. Caribbean ultimately won the Price Cup Championship in 1973 while performing at the pinnacle of NCCA cricket levels.
Having climbed the mountain and endured numerous NCCA struggles, Caribbean lapsed its NCCA membership. Players were maturing, assuming adult responsibility and pursuing their own professional aspirations. We relinquished cricket and conceded to more important priorities, knowing full well that our future still needed a foundation that had to be built, and focused on employment and/or academics.
1979 - 1989
In 1979, Arthur O'Sullivan, avid cricket lover and activist, formed the East Bay Cricket Club (EBCC), located in Richmond, California. Again, this group focused on similar principles of the initial CCC; a Caribbean membership open to other nationalities, but committed to playing cricket with a West Indian flair.
These were the "cricket for the love of it" suffering years when singular commitment and willingness to play the game was an ample substitute for talent and experience. Befittingly, former CCC players Gilbert Smart and Ossie Gomez returned to bolster and provide more credibility to the caliber of East Bay's cricket.
Some of the past EBCC players included Hylton Downer, Desmond MacIntosh, Winston Edwards, Mercel Gaye, Jack Mangra, Jerist Roberts, Derrick Hamilton, Fitzroy Rhoden, Pete Pereira, Atul Kashyap, Orwin Miller, Colin George, Patrick Morris, George Smith, the Barnes brothers (Clifton and Owen), Victor "Teddy" Jones, Austin St. Louis, Michael Smith, Egbert "Clarkie" Clark, Chansingh Amarsingh, USMC Major Patrick Bailey, Milton Walcott, Marc Small, Lloyd Barrett and Donald "Dave" Sterling.
In 1981, Arthur O'Sullivan founded a second team named Savoy Cricket Club (SCC). Savoy eventually changed its name to United Cricket Club. United then prospered, due to a growing West Indian and East Indian community, and became one of the most consistent Clubs in the NCCA.
EBCC continued improving through 1988, playing in the Price Cup semi-finals on several occasions. With one remarkable effort we at last played in the Price Cup finals against Cavaliers without success.
In 1989, Caribbean/East Bay joined Davis Cricket Club with the stated and mutually agreed intention to restore the name "Caribbean Cricket Club" starting 1990. A special tribute to former Captain, all-rounder extraordinary and forever a part of Davis' and Caribbean's heart and soul, Dr. Leon Copeland... a true example of a class cricketer at any level, without exception.
1990 - 1994
In 1990, from a partnership of '60s Del Monte, the '70s Caribbean, the '80s East Bay, Savoy, United and Davis cricket loyalists, Caribbean Cricket Club's re-birth became a reality. This unifying effort was spearheaded by resolute East Bay members, and former United and Davis players Rick Mirjah, Hardat Prashad, Tony Newman, Carlton Virassammy, Elias Dumas, Euriel Brooks-Merrick, Kenny Rampersad, Clint Copeland, Colin George, Ralph Gustave; former Marin players John Vanderpool and Deo Harrinanan, and of course Leon Copeland. Newcomer Ken Bundah established a true standard of support, dedication and resourcefulness.
Caribbean Cricket Club (CCC) was back!!!…As strong as ever! The name Caribbean felt good; our tradition and past linkages created a true sense of pride amidst a good balance of old and new generation cricketers. In 1990 Caribbean won the Price Cup Championship!
From 1990, CCC upgraded its caliber and the NCCA's level of cricket with skilled and solid cricketers like Teddy Foster, Michael Lewis, Garnett Thompson, Carlton Virassammy, and Owen Graham. In addition to those mentioned earlier, our current players include Charles Saddler, Ben Daley and Howard Downer. Some players who shared good cricket times and then continued on their journey are hereby acknowledged i.e. Victor Darrell, Alfred Rose, Ray Newman and Donville Reynolds plus a few with fleeting names. Players' wives and significant others have secured their place as an integral essence of Caribbean cricket culture, on several occasions playing a game and making key contributions on the field.
Since winning the Price Cup in 1990, CCC has consistently played a high level of cricket; always on the verge of NCCA dominance if not for wasted opportunities and emotional "calypso cricket" distractions.
1995 - In 1995, CCC put it all together, when we jammed and rocked to achieve the greatest feat in NCCA cricket history !!! a "21 and 0" .... Undefeated season !!! League Champions, Price Cup Champions and Playoff Cup Champions. As reported in the Fall/Spring edition of the US Cricketer by Match Secretary Alan Weedy, "During the entire season Caribbean only conceded 4 bonus points to establish a record, which will be hard to beat. In setting this record Caribbean became the first team ever to achieve this goal." Much respect is extended to our new breed of staunch supporters especially the "Back ah de bus Posse" who became a permanent "12th man".
Six (6) CCC players represented the NCCA in its winning effort in the North vs. South Raisinland Trophy game; plus several players received season ending NCCA individual MVP, wicket-keeping, batting and bowling trophies.
1996 - Caribbean is in relentless pursuit of a higher and more professional level of cricket on and off the field, including gears and practice/preparation facilities. This means involving the cricket knowledgeable Bay Area community, increasing cricket spectators, fans and support base, and finding more cricket lovers and players of this great game. The 1996 World Cup broadcasts in local theaters and on Pay-Per-View TV may have already given us a jump-start with these goals.
Within the Caribbean culture you'll find cricket purists, party people, music (reggae & soca), fast "bouncing" bowlers, Lawrence Rowe modeling batsmen with elegant stroke playing, flashy wicket keepers, tricky spinners, yam lickers, spectacular fielding plays, all mixed into one pepper-pot "in a West Indian style" ..… Check it out mon !