It had to rain. It would have been inappropriate to relaunch cricket in Newfoundland without it.
The floodlights of the King George V football stadium shone brightly, however, and the Labrador Ducks defeated the Newfoundland B’ys by 27 runs, under the Duke of Duckworth-Lewis Method. It was surely the first cricket match Labrador has ever won.
At this point I should probably give a quick overview of Atlantic Canadian geography for those of you unfamiliar with this neck of the woods. Labrador is roughly as large as Italy, while Newfoundland is about the size of Ireland. They combine to form a province that, if it were a US state, would be the fourth biggest. Its population, however, is not much over half a million souls – equivalent to that of the Solomon Islands – and most of them live in and around St John’s. Reviving cricket in the capital is one thing, therefore, but what hope is there of making Cricket NL truly provincial?
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