UNITED CRICKET CLUB
- Bay Area CC
- Berkeley CC
- Caribbean CC
- Central Valley CC
- Cougar CC
- Cruisers CC
- Davis CC
- East Bay CC
- Indus CC
- Marin CC
- San Mateo CC
- Santa Clara CC
- Spartan CC
- Stanford CC
- Stanford A CC
- Sunnyvale CC
- Torpedos CC
- United CC
- Valley Cricketers
Origins & Growth:
United C.C. was formed in 1983 by a diverse group of individuals - Arthur OíSullivan (Jamaica), Winston Seesahai (Trinidad), Charles Switzer (U.S.), Sukhdev Walia (India) and Ramesh Vasireddi (India).† The goal was not only to play cricket but also to provide an opportunity to socially interact with peoples of different cultures and enrich their experiences.
United strived to promote and raise the standard of cricket in the Bay Area and in the U.S.. It has maintained a tradition of bringing new talent in the NCCA and from a small group of 5 had grown to a size of 50 members by 1994. Members are mostly immigrants from Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean Islands.† To accommodate its ever increasing membership roster, United entered a second team in the B division in 1986, which eventually got promoted to the A division in 1991, after winning the B Division League Championship in 1990, which is now known as United-2 or U2.
United first began playing at Contra Costa College in Richmond, a very small ground, and the same year managed to get permission to play at Lamoine Park, Richmond.† As it experienced occasional interference from the baseball and football groups at Lamoine, United sought other facilities and eventually moved to Fairmede Park in 1985, where it got permission from the City of Richmond to build a proper clay based pitch.† United C.C. was the second club to have a proper clay wicket after Marin C.C.
Participation/Contributions to NCCA:
Realizing that a strong and healthy NCCA is a prerequisite for the survival and growth of cricket, United has maintained a tradition of actively participating in the conduct and operation of the League. †Over the years Unitedís membership has served the NCCA in many different capacities:
Ananth Reddy as President (1 yr.) and Vice-President (1 yr.) and Selector (2 yrs - 1 yr. as Chairman).† Mahantesh Hiremath as Vice-President ( 2 yrs), Umpiring Committee (2 yrs).† Abid Ali as Selector (4 yrs). Ramesh Vasireddi as Treasurer (5 yrs), Selector (4 yrs) and Grounds Committee (2 yrs).
Supply of Talent to the NCCA:
United has consistently supplied talented cricketers to the NCCA, namely Abid Ali, Ananth Reddy (10 yrs), Ravi Reddy (3 yrs), Tony Newman (5 yrs), Hardayal Prashad (4 yrs), Yousaf Shahid (4 yrs), Bhavani (Bob) Peddada (1 yr), Aziz Ahmed (1yr), Sanjay Bhalla (1 yr), and Jivaka Candappa (1 yr.).
Members who shaped the club:
There are several who served the club on and off the field.† Their contributions were very important and cannot be measured in words, and their mention is equally important to the club:13 Years: Ramesh Vasireddi.
10 Years: Ravinder Singh, Ananth Reddy, Ravi Reddy, Bhavani (Bob) Peddada, Shams Ahsan, Grant Whiting, Jinny Srinivasan.
8 years: Viggy Mokkarala, Imran Ahmed, Rasesh Gandhi, Mahantesh Hiremath, Don Dharmawardena, Kaiser Adeni, Abid Ali, Ajit Singh, Jeevan Charran, Charles Switzer, Sukhdev Walia.
5 Years: Arthur OíSullivan, Hardayal Prashad, Carl Virasammy, Tony Newman, Rick Mirjah, Sanjay Bhalla, Vikram Shah, Barinder Ahluwalia, Ralph Gustave.
Abid Ali (3 yrs) United 1 and 2
United C.C.ís cricketing accomplishments:A Division League Champions (2 times) 1988 and 1993 Price Cup Winners (3 times) 1987, 1988 and 1994
B Division League Champions (1 time) 1990