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Compton cricket team gains international renown
Compton Cricket Club players have sipped tea with Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, played against Aborigines in the Australian outback, and swapped stories of violence-torn neighborhoods with residents of Belfast.
At home, though, it’s another story.
American cricketers are already an anomaly, but when they come from Compton, a city on Los Angeles’ southern border known more for gangsta rap and gang shootings, heads near and far spin faster than a cricket bowler’s windup.
A couple players have served jail terms. One missed the Australian trip because he was on parole. Another was killed in a driveby shooting. And two others died in traffic accidents