Edward Fox - Wichita World XI Cricket Club, Kansas, U.S.A.
Edward Fox, originally from Grafton in New South Wales, Australia,
is a passionate but, by his own admission, very average club cricketer.
He met his wife Alice in 1989
in a duty free store where he was working in Brisbane.
An American tourist visiting Brisbane, Alice was
taken by Edward's sense of humor and
decided to ask him out.
Well the rest, as they say, is history.
Edward moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1990 and
was married to Alice in February of that year.
He thought that he would be giving up cricket forever
(in Edward's dictionary, cricket is always spelled with an uppercase C).
From 1990 to 2002, he had barely followed the cricket from back home.
Relatives sent the odd video tape or newspaper,
but it was the 1999 Cricket World Cup that was televised
on US Satellite that stirred the old familiar passions again.
Even Alice got hooked on cricket after the Aus v RSA tied match.
Edward started doing some research via the internet
and found out that there were more than 400 cricket clubs across the USA
and that maybe his passion for the game could be rekindled.
With a trip back to Australia in 2002 things really started to fall into place.
While in Australia, his sons Jason and Brandon were given a backyard cricket set, and with
their dad, they played cricket almost every day.
After coming home to the USA, the boys talked their dad into showing the PE
teacher at their school the game of cricket.
One thing led to another and soon Edward was invited to share his cricket ideas at schools
throughout the Wichita area.
Meanwhile, Edward and Alice decided it was time to move ahead with one of their dreams, the purchase of property on the outskirts of town. In November 2002, they purchased a house on 15 acres, in the town of Haysville, 15 minutes south of Wichita. Phase 2 of the cricket dream was coming true. Since Edward's earliest cricket memories, he’d always wanted his own ground to play on. No more being shooed off by the older, bigger kids, it would be his to do with what he wanted . So work started on a portion of that 15 acres to turn it into a private cricket field. A field of dreams, as it were.
Next, 3 things happened at almost the same time. He:
Edward came across Palmcricket after an exhaustive search of the internet for the best scoring software options, knowing he was going to be working with many people that had little of no knowledge of cricket. He was looking for something that would be easy to use, teach and learn, but with enough depth to be able to record all the important happenings on the field of play. With initial skepticism, he purchased Palmcricket in June of 2003. Since then, he has used Palmcricket to score all of the WWXICC’s matches as well as all the Junior’s matches and has become a huge promoter of Palmcricket.
In his own words: “I wasn’t sure when I first bought it, but I have found it to be an amazingly simple program to use, whether I’m out in the middle umpiring or in the scorer's box, I find Palmcricket to be brilliant. I taught my wife Alice, with no cricket experience at all, to use it in 30 minutes, and have found it to be a most rewarding purchase. From being able to track the stats of past games to just have all the score sheets in one place and not having them gone moldy in the bottom of some box in the garage. Being able to email them to all my team mates is a big plus. I don’t know how any club would ever go back to paper, once they have tried scoring with the Palmcricket Software".
Edward has now combined Palmcricket with Cricket Statz to produce end of season statistics for their club. He has also been promoting it to the point that his league, after seeing its capabilities, has now made Palmcricket scoring mandatory across the league.
Edward Fox is captain of the Wichita World XI Cricket Club in Kansas, current president of the Tri-State Cricket League comprising teams from Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, and secretary of United States Junior Cricket. He is very happily married to Alice and has 3 Children Jason, Brandon and Ashlyn as well as 2 dogs, Cricket & Prince & a cat Kiki.
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