Snow cricketers hit Jeanne-Mance Park this weekend
Cricket fans will assemble for the 9th annual Snow Cricket World Cup at Jeanne-Mance Park Saturday morning
Angus Bell was introduced to cricket on ice 10 years ago on a trip through Estonia — and he was hooked.
As a Scottish-born Montrealer, he decided the only thing to do to get through the harsh Canadian winters was to learn from that experience and adapt the sport he loves to his new environment.
Bell has since developed a form of cricket that can be played in -45 C temperatures and on fields covered in snow.
Bell says one big challenge is finding the ball when it lands in a pile of snow — but that can also work to your advantage when scoring runs.
If you want to experience snow cricket as a spectator or even try your hand as a batsman or bowler, Bell invites cricket pros and novices to come by the tournament this weekend and check it out.
"Every sports fan dreams of playing in a World Cup, and that's exactly what we can give to Montrealers," Bell said.
"It's just in -30 degrees. Eight years running [and] all our players – whether former pros or virgins – agree it's the best day of winter."
For more information on the event or to sign up, visit Snow Cricket World Cup website. The 9th annual Snow Cricket World Cup is Saturday Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.