Regular readers of my column -- and I am indebted to all half dozen of you -- will know that I play cricket during the summer in my role as a chronic eccentric. In fact, I am one of the founding members of the Pittsburgh Cricket Association.
This weekend, and this may sound like a joke but isn't, the Toronto Police Association is sending a team to play Pittsburgh. Games will be played Saturday (Aug. 30) and Sunday (Aug. 31) at Linbrook Park in Franklin Park.
Saturday's game starts at 1 p.m. and will go through to 4 or 5 p.m., although the opening festivities are scheduled to start at noon. The mayor of Franklin Park is said to be bowling (pitching) the first ball of the game, which I will be playing in.
The game on Sunday will be longer and will start at 9 a,.m. and go through to 4 p,m. or so. I am not in Sunday's team but will attend for at least part of the day. Both games will be fund-raisers for the Franklin Borough Police Department, to help them in their important duty of keeping the borough safe for cricket and other aspects of higher civilization. In short, you will be asked to make a voluntary donation.
If you would like to bring a picnic and acquaint yourself with baseball's ancient ancestor, I would be happy to explain the game to you personally provided I am not batting or fielding at the time. Please feel free to introduce yourself.
It's a rare opportunity: Where else can you watch Canadian cricketing police officers on a weekend in Pittsburgh?
One caution: If it is raining, stay home. Rain stops cricket matches. A sticky wicket is not a pretty thing.
The address of Linbrook Park is 2631 Big Sewickley Creek Road, Sewickley, Pa. 15143-8642. Here are the directions:
From the I-79 Warrendale Exit:
Red Belt West. Follow all the way to Big Sewickley Creek Rd (approximately 4.5 miles).
Turn left onto Big Sewickley Creek Rd.
Linbrook Park will be on the right, about 1/4 mile down. Once in the park, follow the road over the bridge and into the woods. You will soon come to the field on your right.
From the I-79 Wexford Exit:
Rt. 910 West. Follow past Stone Mansion Restaurant (on right) and Sts. John & Paul Church (on left) and all the way down the hill to the Stop sign (Dragun's on left)
Continue straight (or as straight as possible) onto Rochester Rd.
Follow for approx 1/2 mile. Bear to the right onto Big Sewickley Creek Rd (going toward Ambridge)
Linbrook Park will be on the left, about 3/4 mile down. Once in the park, follow the road over the bridge and into the woods. You will soon come to the field on your right.