It was an historic event, although no one knew it at the time. During Thanksgiving (real, not Canadian) of 2015, with unusually balmy weather making the Michigan November a delight rather than a misery, Lusipurr suggested to his gentlemen dinner guests a brief trip outside to have a knock around with a Cricket bat. In truth, he expected only a quarter of an hour’s diversion: the guests would see the stumps, wave the bat about, get bored, and desire to return inside. Indeed, Lusipurr did not even bother to change his clothes, taking up position in a weskit and cravat.
Two hours later Lusipurr and his guests were still outside playing Cricket, when bad light stopped play. Surprised by the enthusiasm his guests felt for the game, Lusipurr nevertheless seized the opportunity to make a top score of 23 runs, and was proclaimed champion. Little did he know that he had just inaugurated an annual tradition: the Lusipurr.com Cricket Championships.
With the date moved forward to coincide with the end of summer, and with the event expanded to include two teams captained by Lusipurr and his arch-nemesis Bup, the Lusipurr.com Cricket Cup is now the world’s premiere sporting event in Video Game Cricket Journalism. Each year, the teams face each other in a single day’s exhibition for the championship, with the winner achieving the coveted “Lusipurr.com Cricket Champion” title, and the right for each member of the winning team to select a topic for roundtable discussion on the Lusipurr.com podcast, The Starlight Megaphone.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, 21 August. Pre-game is at 13:00, with the scheduled start of play at 14:00. Players will be alternately selected by the captains after the toss and prior to the start of play, with the toss-winning captain earning first selection. Scores will be posted to the Lusipurr.com website, along with the topics selected by the winning teams. And, if possible, scores will be broadcast online via our Twitter account. Periscope functionality will be used provided sufficient connexion availability.
Any potential players who are interested in participating are encouraged to DM Lusipurr on Twitter and ask for information about location and selection. In addition, locally-sourced pizza and pop will be available for the participants. No special equipment or training is necessary: loan equipment and pre-game instruction are available.
To all the participants, and most especially to Lusipurr, GOOD LUCK and may the Spirit of Cricket prevail!