Brief History of Littleton Cricket Club (by the founder, Dan Ruparel)
In 1993, half a dozen friends used to get together several times a week at a local restaurant and bar to discuss, over a few pints, how the week had been progressing. Our conversation almost always drifted to playing cricket in school or in college. The Americans in the group, some of whom had never seen cricket, others who had seen brief glimpses of the sport being played during their travels to England, Australia or India, were very intrigued by our love for the sport, and the predictability that the sport will be discussed every time we meet.
Each had a few questions about the sport - after explaining the sport to them with illustrations by a few of us, who had played it, we took guard in between the tables with the other players bowling their imaginary unplayable ball, weaving through the waiters and waitresses covering our area in the bar. As I had most of a cricket kit with me, we decided to have a "hands-on" demonstration at a small park in Littleton. In 1994, this continued, with one thing leading to another along with a few announcements and good articles in the local newspaper. The Littleton Cricket Club was officially established in 1994, and since then, with the help of its playing and social members, sponsors and supporters, the club has tried to push the envelope on and off the field.
The Littleton Cricket Club first held its Sixes Tournament in 1995, and initiated the Ashes Social Cricket event between the Australian and British Commonwealth (and then some!) in 1995. Both these inaugural events were held at Dove Valley Park in Arapahoe County .
Since then we played in Littleton, Aurora ,Centennial and Englewood, Colorado, Littleton Cricket Club was the first to have a permanent wicket in Denver - the picturesque Cornerstone Park. Since then, Littleton Cricket Club has hosted an International Cricket Festival attended by teams from the Bahamas and Alberta, Canada.
Record of Club Presidents and Captains since 1994