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    Subhash Anagani of the Idexx team bowls to the Jaguars' Vinay Pathak during their cricket match July 11 at Memorial Middle School in South Portland. High-tech jobs in Maine a drawing a steady flow of young men from India, where cricket is the national pastime.

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    Vinay Pathak uses spray paint to line the pitch before last week's match between his team, the Jaguars, and the team from Idexx. The league, consisting of four teams, plays for a few weeks in the summer at Memorial Middle School in South Portland, on what once was a baseball field.

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    Chakravarthy Marx, left, and Vinay Pathak pound the stumps into the pitch before the Jaguars face Idexx. Pathak is captain of the Jaguars, one of four teams in the Maine Cricket League.

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    Hitesh Patel scores a 4 while up to bat against the Avengers. Reddish-orange flags atop short wire poles serve as outer boundaries of the playing field. Fly balls that land beyond the boundary count for six runs. Balls that bounce or roll past the flags are worth four.

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    Niral Patel, who owns a convenience store in Lyman and plays for the Jaguars, triumphantly holds up the ball after making a diving catch against the Avengers. The ball used by the Maine Cricket League resembles a worn-down tennis ball, but with substantially more heft.

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    Gautham Karanam of the Avengers bats against the Jaguars in their match on July 10.

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    Avengers teammates cheer their team on during their cricket match against the Jaguars on July 10 in South Portland.

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    Aamna Dhamdachhawala, 12, right, and her cousin Sana Dhamdachhawala, 11, practice batting during the Jaguars-Idexx cricket match at Memorial Middle School. The girls' fathers and other family members play in the matches so they came to watch two days in a row.

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    Ayat Dhamdachhawala, 5, sits with her father, Juned Dhamdachhawala, next to her sister Aamna as they watch the Jaguars play Idexx on July 11. Cricket is the world’s second-most popular spectator sport, behind only soccer.

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    Cricket bats lie on the ground after the Jaguars-Avengers match July 10 at Memorial Middle School in South Portland

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