January 22 2013
Hot Africans Win Snow Cricket World Cup
The African Alliance overcame conditions completely alien to their natural climate to secure a thrilling victory over Australia-New Zealand in the sixth edition of the ‘unofficial’ Snow Cricket World Cup in Montreal.
Despite having to endure the full range of Quebec’s renowned winter weather – including snow, hail stones, freezing rain, lightning and 80 km/hour winds – the Africans held their nerve to beat their over-confident opponents 3-1 in a bowl-out at McGill University’s MacTavish Reservoir field after a tie in the final match.
Both teams reached the final after finishing unbeaten in their pool games, but it was the Africans who claimed victory.
“We’re used to playing in plus 27 degrees, not the minus 27 it felt like today,” said the African Alliance’s delighted skipper Ian Gunther.
“It was a bizarre experience for those who had never before had to bat and bowl in such conditions, with snow blowing sideways and a wicket that resembled an ice rink.”
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