SPORTS-crazy Americans are being bowled over by the fastest-growing game in New York — CRICKET.
Baseball gloves are being swapped for pads as city sports chiefs launch a youth league with a dozen teams.
Interest soared after the opening of a 17-acre state-of-the-art cricket centre in Spring Creek Park, Brooklyn.
The area is traditionally a breeding ground for basketball, American football and baseball.
A second pitch overlooking the famous Manhattan skyline is already being built.
Parks boss Julius Spiegel said the craze is being fuelled by Asian and Caribbean immigrants. He added: “Cricket is the fastest-growing sport in Brooklyn.”