Pig’s Trotters are top of the league, winning both the League and the Knockout Trophy for the last three seasons, and the League six times in the last seven years. Back Row - Mike Skene, president; John Harris, treasurer; Peter Wheaton, secretary. Middle Row - Craig Anderson, Ross Bains, Bill Labron. Front Row - Dave Saxton; Tony Martin; Arnav Nagpal, captain; Grant Parberry, Dave Norrish (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Pig’s Trotters maintain league-winning streak

Trotters win both League and Knockout Trophy in 2017, claiming trophies for last three years.

The Pig’s Trotters have been trotting their way to cricket victory for six out of the last seven years – a return to their glory days of yore.

The Trotters were one of the first six teams that started the Mid-Week League back in 1988. They were serious about cricket but didn’t want to give up their weekends, so a league was created that fit their schedules. Over the years, a number of players moved through the ranks of the Trotters, shifting over to other teams as the league expanded. There are now 14 teams that play in the league, including a women’s team, Wicket Maidens.

The Trotters enjoyed good success in the early years of the Mid-Week League. As time went on though, and the average age of the team players increased to 59, they fell to the bottom of the league standings.

Recently, a new team dynamic began to evolve.

They have started to enlist a number of younger players from the southern hemisphere – mostly Aussies, one Indian, one Kiwi, two South Africans.

“Most guys are either from commonwealth countries or people who grew up playing cricket. but you also see some people who have picked up the sport over the last few years,” said Arnav Nagpal, team captain and winner of MVP for 2017. “It’s kind of nice to see a good mix. You have some really experienced players and you’ve got some young guys trying to pick up the sport. It is kind of cool that way.”

Over the last few seasons, under the captaincies of “Super Dave Saxton,” Adrian Eaves, Francouis Muller, and Arnav Nagpal, the Pig’s Trotters have returned to the top, winning both the League and the Knockout Trophy for the last three seasons, and the League six times in the last seven years.

“The league is pretty friendly, but it does get quite competitive,” said Nagpal. “The teams are close. There are a lot of teams vying for that top spot.”

President of the team for years, Mike Skene, played up until January of this year.

“Mike Skene is the president. President for life – self-declared. Not a dictator though,” jokes team member David Norish.

Also on the team with Mike Skene, Captain Nagpal, and Norish, is Tony Martin, Ross Bains, Grant Parberry, Craig Anderson, Craig Attiwill, John Harris, Peter Wheaton, and David Saxton.

The team generally plays on their home ground at Windsor Park from mid-April to the beginning of September, and is generously sponsored by The Penny Farthing Pub.

“Matt McNeil and Penny Farthing have been great to us. He’s been a great supporter for a long, long time. We couldn’t do it without him,” said Norish.



Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Pig’s Trotters are top of the league, winning both the League and the Knockout Trophy for the last three seasons, and the League six times in the last seven years. Pictured: Tony Martin, Dave Norrish, Grant Parberry. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Just Posted

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Victoria among Top 10 sunniest Canadian cities

Victoria ranks 6th in sunny days per year

Surge in requests for help, reports of sexual assault since #MeToo

Growing demand for Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic’s services in first year of #MeToo

Growing numbers of Vancouver Islanders get flu shots

In 2017 alone, more than 240,000 people got vaccinated

Victoria teen suffers whiplash in school ‘bubble’ soccer game

Middle school students injured in teacher-student competition

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

ELECTION 2018: Vancouver Islander politician ending unprecedented 40-year run

Mike Kokura served on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board since 1972

Private marijuana stores should shut down, Mike Farnworth says

B.C. has approved 62 licences, but they still need local approval

Court finds that company was ‘careless’ in cutting down 45 trees near Nanaimo

Western Canadian Timber Products ordered to pay $80,000 to private landowners

Dying motorcyclist from Coombs gets last-ride tribute

Friends grant Corinna Pitney’s wish ‘to hear bikes roar, to see leather and chrome’

HPV vaccine does not lead to riskier sex among teen girls: UBC

Girls are less likely to have sex now than they were a decade ago

VIDEO: Rescued eagle released in Ucluelet

“I’m very confident that he’s going to make it. He’s done very well.”

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Most Read