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Annapolis team Nova Scotia Snow Cricket champs

The Nova Scotia Snow Cricket Championships took place in Annapolis Royal on the weekend with a local team taking home the trophy.

It was a beautifully sunny day as the cricketers walked across the pitch to the stumps. Birds were indeed singing and there was the usual expectant chatter of a game about to start.  In fact, the main difference was that the cricketers were not standing on well manicured grass but 15 to 20 centimetres of wet snow.  This was the sight as the inaugural Nova Scotia Snow Cricket Championships got under way in Annapolis Royal on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The tournament was won by one of the local sides with Annapolis County Cricket Club 1 coming away with the victory.  The ACCC 1 team consisted of Gary Hurlock, Simon Bonnington, Fibin Mathew, Rhys Scranton, Khurram Nadeem, and Bruce Snell.  They were followed by a team from COGS in Lawrencetown and Lunenburg VII.

“We are all very excited about the day that we had,” said tournament organizer, Ryan Scranton of the Annapolis County Cricket Club. “The players were a nice mix of experienced and new cricketers.  The snow certainly had a leveling effect on any advantages that would come with experience.  That said we had players on the field aged between 9 and 70. We are certainly looking forward to the 2015 edition.”

Through the course of the day there was some excellent bowling despite the questionable and increasingly sloppy footing. Gary Hurlock of ACCC 1 claimed six wickets.  The top batsmen of the day were Matt Lane of the Lunenburg VII and Laurie McGowan of ACCC2. Both ended the day with three boundaries.

“It was an interesting experience trying to score runs while wearing rubber boots,” said Scranton.  “The footing became somewhat messy for the bowlers as the day wore on and the temperatures rose.  This made for a bit of fun as players got into the competition and started diving on the field.  Despite a bit of warming and melt, we really could not have asked for better weather.  It was great seeing all the teams in town. Among the players were a number of first-time cricketers who have gone home with good stories.”

The Annapolis County Cricket Club was formed in 2013 with the mandate of encouraging recreational and competitive cricket in the Annapolis Valley. The club has a busy summer schedule planned with exhibition matches at a number of Valley festivals.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact annapolisvalleycricket@gmail.com.

Organizations: Annapolis County Cricket Club, Annapolis Royal

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Lawrencetown

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