BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Cricket has officially come to Bridgewater.

On Aug. 23, the township hosted its first cricket match at Chimney Rock Park. The event had been several months in the making.

According to a release from the township, Bridgewater Township officials have been working with the New Jersey Softball Cricket League (NJSBCL) a non-profit organization, since March to bring the sport to town.

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“This is the first time a town has come to us looking to bring this sport to their community,” said Amin Khatri, a trustee of the Cricket League, in the release.

Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes and the recreation department reached out to the NJSBCL with the hopes of offering another recreation opportunity for residents.

“I am excited that we were able to bring this sport to Bridgewater to provide our residents with an opportunity to watch and play close to home,” Hayes said in the release.

NJSBCL holds permits to use the new cricket grounds at Chimney Rock Park on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Games are scheduled through mid-October.

At this point, there are games scheduled for Sept. 6, Sept. 7, Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. Games are played at 11 a.m.

Typically, the release said, a cricket season will run from April through October.

The new grounds, the release said, were constructed by parks foreman Robert Kwiatek, working closely with NJSBCL to construct the fields in accordance with game regulations.

For more information about the recreation department, cricket and other offerings, visit bridgewaternj.gov.

For more information about NJSBCL, visit njsbcl.com.