Rain in Fredericton, New Brunswick on Saturday (August 11th), forced the weekly “Let’s Play Cricket” for kids morning program run by Cricket New Brunswick to be called off and also resulted in no play in the scheduled Maritimes 40-over championship game between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
It is hoped that the Maritimes 40-over game can be re-scheduled. Cricket New Brunswick recently announced the senior men’s team has obtained sponsorship from Picaroons Traditional Ales, so it would be good both for the players to gain from playing this inter-provincial game, and for the sponsors to potentially gain some exposure from the publicity surrounding the game.
Nova Scotia heads the Maritimes 40-over standings with 3 wins from 3 games, a record which guarantees home advantage in the Championship final at the Halifax Commons in early September. Next Saturday (August 18th) Nova Scotia is due to play Prince Edward Island at Tea Hill Park. Stratford, PEI and would be favoured to complete a winning season in the round-robin phase.
Prince Edward Island, hosts of this year’s successful five province Atlantic T20 Championship are due to host New Brunswick on August 25th.
The Eastern Fury side in Cricket Canada’s National Cricket League included players from both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Cricket is being re-established by the efforts of some dedicated people in these eastern provinces, as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador, which also had representation in the Eastern Fury side.
Cricket New Brunswick’s “Let’s Play Cricket” for kids summer program is operating for a third summer season at Lincoln Heights field, Fredericton.
The outcome of the New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island games will decide the second finalist in the Maritimes 40-over championship, although an upset win by PEI next week would cause in ripple in the local cricketing circles.