Presenting the starting line-up (minus four) of the Newfoundland & Labrador team for the Maritimes Twenty20
I thought by now I’d be able to declare the Cricket Association of Newfoundland & Labrador officially open for business. However, for possibly the first time in cricket history, official status was denied because we possessed too few Canadians. Still, as we resolve this minor glitch, we move on to a different form of history-making, and Newfoundland & Labrador’s debut as a cricketing entity. The 2010 Maritimes Twenty20 tournament is the stage, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick our opponents, and by the time this postcard is published, it will be well underway. Though we’ve known about it for months, we haven’t so much picked a squad for the tournament as begged, pleaded and cajoled people into playing. We have no funds to cover travel costs, and the competition is being hosted in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, some 1300 kilometres from St John’s. This is London to Bilbao, but without the cheap flights or the high-speed rail network (or indeed, in Newfoundland’s case, any kind of terrestrial public transport system at all).
As I write, we have only seven confirmed players
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