Curious about cricket? The Stamford Cricket Club is here give us Yanks a glimpse into the world of bowls and wickets and raise money for a good cause, too.

The club will host the first annual "Bat Against Crime" cricket tournament on May 14 & 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Lione Park on Stillwater Ave. All donations collected from players and spectators go to the Stamford Police Department to purchase ballistic vests.

"Stamford Police Commissioner Robert Nivakoff has undertaken the mission of creating a world-class SWAT team in Stamford," the club's press release said. "And we want to help equip that team. We hope everyone will do their part and help protect our police officers."

Founded in 2009, the Stamford Cricket Club is open to residents of lower Fairfield County. The membership consists of working professionals united by their love of cricket. The mission is to raise awareness of the game in the U.S.

Cricket fans and those interested in learning the game are encouraged to attend and donate. There will be food stalls courtesy of Tawa Indian Cuisine, music, face painting, henna, a VIP tent for the officers as well as other activities for kids. There is no admission fee.

If you are interested in a sponsorship or cannot make the tournament but would like to donate, contact Bharani Dharan at .

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