R.I.P. Phillip Hughes

Compton Cricket Club offfers its sincere condolences to Phillip Hughes' family to Nick Compton, all our friends in Australia, and the entire Universal Cricket Family, for this unebelievably tragic loss. May he never be forgotten and continue to inspire.


Isaac Hayes at Sydney Cricket Grounds 2011 Australia Tour

Emidio & Ricardo Cazarez at Sydney Cricket Grounds 2011 Australia Tour
   

Compton Cricket Club

HOMIES AT HAMBLEDON 1999
HOMIES AT HAMBLEDON 1999
HOMIES AT CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL 2012
HOMIES AT CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL 2012
The Compton Cricket Club was founded in 1995 by Ted Hayes and Katy Haber. It is the offspring of an unusual cricket team comprised of a group of homeless men from Dome Village in LA. The LA KRICKETS, as they were known, captained by Ted Hayes, including his sons Theo and Isaac, travelled to the UK in September of 1995, funded by Prudential Life Insurance and Bum Equipment.

In June of 1996 the Ted Hayes and Katy Haber and the LA KRICKETS held a cricket workshop in Compton, birthing the world-renowned Compton Homies and the Popz. These young men joined the cricket team specifically to find an alternative to the gang activities that ruled their neighborhoods. Their mission was to provide an alternative path, away from the gangs, violence and prisons and to give them a vision of a positive, productive future.

Since its formation, the Compton Cricket Club has successfully brought cricket to the streets of LA. It is the only American-born cricket team in the world. They have won the British Cup twice, the trophy of The LA Social Cricket Alliance (LASCA), against other worthy sides of British, Pakistani, Australian, Indian and South African expatriates.

The Compton Homies and the Popz toured the UK three times in 1997, 1999 and 2001, sponsored by organizations including British Petroleum, Channel 4, Intertops.com, Lashings and Maxim Magazine. In Britain, they played a tremendous diversity of teams, which included a team of members of the Royal Family staff at Windsor Castle, The Lord’s Taverners at Lords, and the world renowned Lashings team that included former W. Indies test-captains Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams and Brian Lara. One of their most interesting matches was at Hambledon, against an Aboriginal All Stars team from Australia, captained by the Legendary Barry Firebrace—the first time such a side had toured the UK since 1868
HOMIES AT WINDSOR CASTLE
A tour of England, in 1999, incorporated a trip to Northern Ireland. A Cricket match against the British Civil Servants team was complimented by a game of Hurling against a Catholic team, a game they learned specially for the trip. In a specially arranged meeting, by then Under Secretary of State “Mo” Mowlam, the team presented the head of the Ulster Unionists, David Trimble, a Hurling stick. And to Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, they presented a British cricket bat. Shortly after that historic meeting a new breakthrough was reached in the Northern Irish peace agreements.

In February 2011 the team made an historical tour of Australia as the first ever All American Cricket Team to tour “down under”. Games against the indigenous All Black Redferns and the Johnny Mullagh XI were the highlights of this groundbreaking tour, until Barry Firebrace played with the Homies against the Australian Cricket Society in Melbourne, exactly ten years since the historic Hambledon game.
BARRY FIREBRACE AND THE HOMIES IN MELBOURNE
BARRY FIREBRACE AND THE HOMIES IN MELBOURNE
NICK COMPTON WITH HOMIES AT WOODLEY
NICK COMPTON WITH HOMIES AT WOODLEY

In November 2011 the Compton Cricket Club, received a surprise visit from their name sake Nick Compton, opening bat for England in the India Test Match in 2012, and were the proud recipients of his coaching skills.

It was in The Windsor Castle, Club House in the presence of HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, that the Homies and the Popz,Theo and Isaac (CLOTH) performed the first ever HIP HOP Cricket Rap “Bullets” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMoocnRm1Xs ). They subsequently performed for the Lords Taverners in the Lords Club House. In Australia and the UK it has been shown on MTV, has been voted the most popular song on Australia's most popular music TV station, and recently was voted Number One in the Top Cricket XI cricket songs in the Guardian. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/apr/01/andy-bull-cricket-music-songs).

The team at the request of the Birmingham Anti Gang Unit, are planning a tour of the United Kingdom, http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/oct/09/compton-cricket-club-homies-la, and recently returned to their Alma Mater Centennial High School in Compton for an exhibition match.


Compton Cricket Club
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