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Volume 49, Number 1 (2020)

The Life and Times of the Nova Scotia Cricket League, 1906–1914

September 24, 2020


This article examines the short but indicative lifespan of the Nova Scotia Cricket League (NSCL), showing that in Nova Scotia prior to 1914 cricket was a complex and deeply rooted settler sport. Although 19th-century cricket in the province had developed in largely disconnected social frameworks – elite and military cricket, rural and small town clubs, and working class teams on the coalfields – the NSCL represented an effort to bring about greater integration. Players from diverse social backgrounds routinely shared the playing surface. Despite cricket’s eventual decline in the region, for a time the NSCL provided a venue for the negotiation of social differences.