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Cricket: Britain vs. Australia

BritWeek was pleased to support Hollywood Ashes 2009, a spirited afternoon of Cricket featuring expat Brit & Australian players, showbiz celebrities and cricket legends! The game took place at 1pm on Saturday, May 9th at Severn Field in Woodley Park, Van Nuys. Map it!

About Hollywood Ashes

The Hollywood Ashes were conceived by a group of cricket enthusiasts in the Hollywood Hills watching a satellite feed of the 2006/07 Ashes. It was decided then that LA needed its own legendary tussle between cricket’s oldest foes, England and Australia. In January ’08 the inaugural Hollywood Ashes took place as part of LA’s Australia week, G’Day USA.

The teams represented the cream of the British Isles versus the sons of the sunburnt country in a spirited, Twenty20 Sunday afternoon showdown. The teams featured a solid group of local ex-pat players with support from some cricketing legends like Australia’s renowned ex-Captain, Steve Waugh and Mike Whitney with present British test players Robert Keyes & Simon Jones. Both teams were supported by showbiz celebrities willing to wield the willow.

The coin toss was conducted by Mel Gibson but despite this, the victory, by one run, went to the English team. The Sunday afternoon family audience loved the spectacle, the picnics, the picket fences and the colorful commentary. The food and drink stands did roaring business. Many Americans were bemused as excited expats, gesticulating and shouting incomprehensible jargon, attempted to explain the finer points of the game.

Test matches can take days and a series usually occupies more than a month but since everyone in LA has a shorter attention span, the Hollywood Ashes takes place on one spectacular afternoon at Woodley Park. This year, as befits the English trophy holders (don’t hold it too tightly), the Hollywood Ashes will be held as part of Brit week on Saturday May 9th. With the help of the S.C.C.A. (Southern Californian Cricket Association) the pitch has been maintained throughout the winter season. Both teams have sharpened their game. Scores are to be settled. This time it is serious…..well more serious than last time. Sledging, in this context, is not a winter snow sport played by kittens in mittens.

The Hollywood Ashes organizing committee is seeking partners and sponsors to be part of the Sunday afternoon game. New partners will join foundation sponsors British Airways, Qantas, Brit Week and Say G’Day USA.

Honorary Board & Organizing Committee

Honorary Board
David Hill AM
Hugh Jackman
Simon Jones MBE
The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG, CH
Rupert Murdoch AC
Ozzy Osbourne
Sir Michael Parkinson CBE
Kevin Pietersen MBE
Sir Nigel Sheinwald KCMG
Shane Warne
Michael York OBE
Organizing Committee
John Bacon
Greg Coote AM
Susie Dobson
Conan Fulton
Sam Heard
David Lyle
Kris Lythgoe
Rob Marsala
Tim Martin

The Rules of Cricket

(as Explained to a foreign visitor):
1) You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
2) Each man that's in the side that's in, goes out, and when he's out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
3) When they are all out the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
4) Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
5) When both sides have been in and out including the not-outs, that's the end of the game.