Island squad goes winless at Atlantic Canada T-20 tournament in Montreal
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The P.E.I. cricket team recently competed in the Atlantic Canada T-20 tournament in Montreal. Front row, from left, are Mike Matthews, Udyoga Amarasinghe and Cyril Roy. Second row, Vimal Hardat, Someshwar Singh, Mack Duffy, Verley Harrison, Ross Dwyer, Shiv Veer Singh, Tazul Riad and Kamran Omar.
Prince Edward Island competed at the Atlantic Canada T-20 cricket tournament earlier this month at the Verdun Cricket Ground in Montreal.
Sponsored by Cricket Canada, the tournament is a highlight of the cricket season and brings together teams from the Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec.
The P.E.I. provincial team went winless in four games.
P.E.I. opened the tournament against the home side. The Island players were keen to make their mark early by going for some risky, high-scoring shots. But being used to training at the Tea Hill Park cricket ground in Stratford, the Montreal ground surprised the Island team. The pitch was uneven and in a poor state, causing the ball to bounce in unpredictable ways, making batting tough. And with the well-rested Quebec bowlers deadly accurate, P.E.I. slumped to an eight-wicket defeat.
They then lost to New Brunswick by six wickets and Nova Scotia by nine wickets. Newfoundland and Labrador beat the Island by 127 runs.
Although Verley Harrison led the way with some fine shots through the
weekend, the Islanders struggled to adapt to the batting conditions. However, their work in the field was excellent. Ross Dwyer and Mike Matthews both took three wickets and Udyoga Amarasinghe and Deep Jay made spectacular catches.
Nova Scotia won all its other matches to retain their title for another year.
The Atlantic T-20 tournament will be hosted by P.E.I. in 2014 to coincide with the anniversary of the 1864 match between the Charlottetown Cricket Club and Nova Scotia during the first day of the Charlottetown Conference.
The P.E.I. team will be in action at Diversity City Multicultural Street Festival Sunday in Charlottetown, giving cricket demonstrations between 4 and 8 p.m. on Victoria Row.
For more information, look for P.E.I. Cricket Association on Facebook or visit cricketpei.org.