01/22/2012 02:05 EST | Updated 03/23/2012 05:12 EDT

Snow cricket returns to Montreal

Cricketers donned snow pants and parkas for a Nordic-style cricket tournament on McGill University's McTavish Reservoir field Saturday.

The annual Snow Cricket World Cup is going strong in its fifth year, giving "sticky wicket" a whole new meaning.

Cricketers drudge through ankle-high snow, chasing a tennis ball instead of a cricket ball.

Tournament organizer Angus Bell says the snow cancels out skill.

"All technique goes out the window," said Bell, a member of Montreal cricket club Pirates of the St. Lawrence.

"I've been playing cricket for 20 years, you could find someone who's playing for the first time today, and they'll be at the same level."

Radio-Canada reports on snow cricket (2009)