CRICKET was one of BC's first sports, starting in 1849 when a captain of the Royal Navy introduced cricket equipment to FORT VICTORIA. The formation of the Victoria Pioneer Cricket Club followed a few years later and huge crowds regularly showed up at BEACON HILL PARK to take in games. Matches between locals and clubs from visiting naval fleets were particularly competitive and popular. By the 1860s, the ROYAL ENGINEERS had become active in the cricket scene and the first mainland club had...

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