A beautiful summer weekend in Vancouver also means cricket for hundreds of players in the local area with match play in the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League (BCMCL). A venue with an impressively picturesque mountain (North Shore) backdrop is Brockton Clubhouse and Pavilion in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Next to the Pavilion are two fields: Upper Brockton and Lower Brockton.
In the picture above is Lower Brockton in this southeast view to Coal Harbour, the “sails” of Canada Place at centre, and snow-capped Mount Baker peeking behind the red cranes at left. The picture below shows team “Newton Surrey III” at bat for the following match:
BCMCL 2016 season match number 365: Division 3, between West Vancouver IV (home) and Newton Surrey III (away). Newton Surrey III batted first, scoring 271 runs for a loss of 9 wickets in a maximum of 45 overs (271/9, 45.0 ov). In their innings, West Vancouver IV batted for 191 runs for a loss of all 10 wickets in 39.2 overs (191/10, 39.2 ov). Newton Surrey III successfully defended their run total and won the match by 80 runs.
Newton Surrey III, batting | West Vancouver IV, fielding
In 1867, Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, once declared cricket as the young nation’s first official sport. The Brockton Pavilion provides this short history of cricket in Vancouver: “The Vancouver Cricket Club was officially formed in 1889 and thus officially cricket was begun in this area. In fact, cricket was being played here as soon as the British began to populate British Columbia in the 1850’s. Historical records indicate Brockton Point Cricket Club was one of the seven founding member clubs of the B.C. Mainland Cricket League in 1914.”
I made the photo above on 24 July 2016 with the Canon EOS6D and 70-300 zoom-lens. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8GP.