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Compton cricket team plays matches in Sydney, fundraises for Australian flood victims

Since reading a post on our site about cricket's role in sparking a sense nationalism and pride in Afghanistan, cricket photos and stories have been catching my eye. Here's a selection of images that moved today of a team out of Compton with an interesting agenda. According to Getty, the team, comprised of African Americans and Latinos from Compton, a city notorious for gang violence, was formed to find an alternative to the gang lifestyle. The team will be in Australia for two weeks, playing matches in Sydney and Melbourne, and participating in fundraising events to support Australian flood victims.

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Ricardo Cazarez, left, and Isaac Hayes, right, of the Homies & the POPz pose following a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Sergio Pinales of the Homies & the POPz bats during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Isaac Hayes of the Homies & the POPz waits to bat during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Tyler Logan and Isaac Hayes of the Homies & the POPz celebrate after claiming a wicket during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Sergio Pinales of the Homies & the POPz walks from the ground after being dismissed during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Isaac Hayes of the Homies & the POPz tattoos are seen during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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Ted Hayes of the Homies & the POPz bowls during a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

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The Homies & the POPz players shake hands with Sydney University players following a Twenty20 match between Sydney University and Compton Cricket Club at Sydney University cricket oval No. 2 on Feb. 1 in Sydney, Australia.

See more images of the Compton Cricket Club cricket on PhotoBlog.