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Cricket heats up at Fort Anne


ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - In a sweltering heat that reminded some of the India-born players of home, the third Cricket Heritage Weekend was played at Fort Anne on August 15 and 16. Hosted by the Annapolis County Cricket Club (ACCC) the weekend is a unique event that combines historic recreation competition and, a great deal of fun.

With the exception of some modern safety equipment, players dress in 1890s style attire. The ramparts of Fort Anne are likewise lined by spectators dressed in Victorian costumes. To complete the atmosphere, various painters participating in Paint the Town spread around the fort grounds to capture the action.

This year players from the Avon Cricket Club in Windsor, Tatamagouche, and Halifax joined the ACCC for this historic cricket showcase.

As the weekend is about promoting the sport, club allegiances are set aside and players are mixed into new teams.  The purpose of the weekend is generally to highlight this traditional sport and to encourage people to get involved.  In the mornings introduction to cricket workshops were held with the actual matches held in the afternoon.

The two 20 over matches were split between the Crimson Caps captained by Richard McCann and the Blue Bonnets captained by Bruce McLaggan.  Thanks to their victory in the second match, the Crimson Caps achieved a draw in the series and will hold the coveted Scranton-Bonnington Bowl for another year.

In the opening fixture of the weekend on Saturday afternoon the Blue Bonnets were put in to bat after losing the coin toss. Opening batsman Oliver Belle fell to the first ball of the day from the bowling of Warren MacLeod, a looping top edge reaching Rhys Scranton as he ran in from Backward Point. However, the Bonnets’ middle-order steadily accumulated runs allowing them to post a score of 147 for 6 from their 20 overs. An asking rate of slightly more than seven runs an over always looks reachable in a 20 over run-chase, and indeed, the Crimson Caps started strongly and were well ahead of the run rate, but lost too many early wickets. When the last man came in the reply stood at 112 – and the final pair were unable to add to that tally before Brian Holmes removed the off bail of debutant No. 10 Bliss Rae to wrap up the innings. The Bonnets won by 35 runs, having skittled out their opposition inside 14 overs.

Sunday’s rematch again saw the Blue Bonnets bat first. The early wicket of Lawrence Garner, bowled by Bruce Snell for 4, brought Jeevan Vincent to the crease. With opener Raj Toor, the pair pushed the score briskly up past 80 before both fell in quick succession. A late knock from skipper Bruce McLaggan nudged the innings on to reach 158 all out at the end of the allotted 20 overs. In reply the Crimson Caps started slowly and threatened to stutter to a halt after a tricky steepling catch was deftly taken by newcomer Finn Hafting to dismiss Kshitji Dudhatra off the bowling of Rob Butler. However an aggressive 71 Not Out from Belle, batting lower down the order, built a match-winning partnership with skipper McCann to eventually overhaul the target with nine balls to spare for the loss of just 5 wickets.

 

Did You Know?

Cricket was once a popular sport in Annapolis Royal with the crack of willow on leather being heard reverberating off of the ramparts at Fort Anne. The sport was played by so many that our first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald, named it Canada’s National Sport. By the 1920s, the growth of baseball had pushed cricket to the side in Canada.

 

About ACCC

The Annapolis County Cricket Club was founded in 2013 with the mandate of promoting cricket as a fun, co-ed, and recreational activity for all ages and abilities. The club welcomes new cricketers and no prior experience is necessary. For more information on the Annapolis County Cricket Club, please visit their website www.annapoliscountycricket.ca or email info@annapoliscountycricket.ca.

With the exception of some modern safety equipment, players dress in 1890s style attire. The ramparts of Fort Anne are likewise lined by spectators dressed in Victorian costumes. To complete the atmosphere, various painters participating in Paint the Town spread around the fort grounds to capture the action.

This year players from the Avon Cricket Club in Windsor, Tatamagouche, and Halifax joined the ACCC for this historic cricket showcase.

As the weekend is about promoting the sport, club allegiances are set aside and players are mixed into new teams.  The purpose of the weekend is generally to highlight this traditional sport and to encourage people to get involved.  In the mornings introduction to cricket workshops were held with the actual matches held in the afternoon.

The two 20 over matches were split between the Crimson Caps captained by Richard McCann and the Blue Bonnets captained by Bruce McLaggan.  Thanks to their victory in the second match, the Crimson Caps achieved a draw in the series and will hold the coveted Scranton-Bonnington Bowl for another year.

In the opening fixture of the weekend on Saturday afternoon the Blue Bonnets were put in to bat after losing the coin toss. Opening batsman Oliver Belle fell to the first ball of the day from the bowling of Warren MacLeod, a looping top edge reaching Rhys Scranton as he ran in from Backward Point. However, the Bonnets’ middle-order steadily accumulated runs allowing them to post a score of 147 for 6 from their 20 overs. An asking rate of slightly more than seven runs an over always looks reachable in a 20 over run-chase, and indeed, the Crimson Caps started strongly and were well ahead of the run rate, but lost too many early wickets. When the last man came in the reply stood at 112 – and the final pair were unable to add to that tally before Brian Holmes removed the off bail of debutant No. 10 Bliss Rae to wrap up the innings. The Bonnets won by 35 runs, having skittled out their opposition inside 14 overs.

Sunday’s rematch again saw the Blue Bonnets bat first. The early wicket of Lawrence Garner, bowled by Bruce Snell for 4, brought Jeevan Vincent to the crease. With opener Raj Toor, the pair pushed the score briskly up past 80 before both fell in quick succession. A late knock from skipper Bruce McLaggan nudged the innings on to reach 158 all out at the end of the allotted 20 overs. In reply the Crimson Caps started slowly and threatened to stutter to a halt after a tricky steepling catch was deftly taken by newcomer Finn Hafting to dismiss Kshitji Dudhatra off the bowling of Rob Butler. However an aggressive 71 Not Out from Belle, batting lower down the order, built a match-winning partnership with skipper McCann to eventually overhaul the target with nine balls to spare for the loss of just 5 wickets.

 

Did You Know?

Cricket was once a popular sport in Annapolis Royal with the crack of willow on leather being heard reverberating off of the ramparts at Fort Anne. The sport was played by so many that our first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald, named it Canada’s National Sport. By the 1920s, the growth of baseball had pushed cricket to the side in Canada.

 

About ACCC

The Annapolis County Cricket Club was founded in 2013 with the mandate of promoting cricket as a fun, co-ed, and recreational activity for all ages and abilities. The club welcomes new cricketers and no prior experience is necessary. For more information on the Annapolis County Cricket Club, please visit their website www.annapoliscountycricket.ca or email info@annapoliscountycricket.ca.

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