Rob Butler of the Annapolis County Cricket Club plays a shot against the Loyalist Cricket Club of Fredericton. - Submitted
Get ready to hear the crack of leather on willow: cricket is coming to Kings County this spring.
The Annapolis County Cricket Club has arranged to host three introductory workshops at the Waterville Recreation Club field in Waterville.
‚ÄúWe are very excited to be expanding our sport into Kings County this spring,‚ÄĚ said Ryan Scranton, communications director of the ACCC. ‚ÄúOur club has met with great success and we would like to provide more people with the opportunity to play cricket. This is a great activity for all members of the family. Our current club roster has both male and female members and they are aged between eight and 72 years old.‚ÄĚ
The introductory cricket sessions take place on May 3, 10 and 24 from 2-5 p.m. These workshops are designed to teach participants the fundamentals of bowling, batting and fielding. Youth workshops will be held on each of these dates at 1 p.m., with participants invited to practice with the older players if they care to do so. The field is located at 1015 Maple Street in Waterville.
‚ÄúSome of the people I speak with are familiar with the game of cricket - they may have seen highlights of a match on TV, or visited a country where cricket is popular - but they never had an opportunity to learn more about the game,‚ÄĚ said Rob Butler of Cannan, development director for the ACCC. ‚ÄúOur 'Introduction to cricket' seminars are a fun and relaxed way to learn as you play, with the emphasis on maintaining a recreational atmosphere. Attending our sessions as a spectator, if you choose not to play, is also a great way to spend Saturday afternoon with the family.‚ÄĚ
The Waterville workshops are in preparation for a 20 over cricket match to be held on May 31 at Apple Blossom Festival. This match will allow the Annapolis County Cricket Club to profile their sport to a large audience.
‚ÄúCricket is growing in popularity very quickly in Nova Scotia, and we're very excited, as a club, to be a part of that‚ÄĚ said Butler. ‚ÄúThe Apple Blossom Festival has been an integral part of the Valley's heritage for generations, and we are very honoured to be able to showcase our sport at this festival to our friends and neighbours in the community.‚ÄĚ
The Annapolis County Cricket Club was founded in 2013 with the mandate of fostering the growth of cricket in the Valley. The club has met with a great deal of initial success with a series of matches held at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal and a tour to Fredericton. In 2014, the ACCC plans to exhibit cricket at a number of local festivals while continuing to develop the grassroots of the sport.
‚ÄúOn a global level, cricket is growing exponentially due to a major restructuring of the game's format about ten years ago, and, naturally, the trickle-down effect would eventually reach here sooner or later,‚ÄĚ said Butler. ‚ÄúHowever, the increase in cricket participation in the Valley far exceeds most other areas of Canada, and that is mainly due to the overwhelming support we get from the community. None of this would be possible without so many people on board as players, volunteers, and officials.‚ÄĚ
For more information about opportunities to learn and play cricket, email firstname.lastname@example.org.