All new sea­son just for sons, dads

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

BREAK out the bats and balls, cricket is back with a four-team sea­son.

Gayn­dah Wan­der­ers cap­tain Jack George said “all th­ese young fel­las” in Years 8–9 wanted to learn the game.

Swept off their feet with 18–20 nom­i­na­tions, the new team is a fam­ily af­fair for sev­eral fa­thers and sons, with the George fam­ily rep­re­sented by three gen­er­a­tions.

Jack said the young crick­eters would learn ev­ery­thing – “how to set the field up, um­pir­ing, scor­ing” and how to cater games.

They’ll learn um­pir­ing dur­ing play by be­ing paired with a se­nior crick­eter at stumps or square leg.

One of their se­nior play­ers is Jack’s fa­ther Kit George, 72, who has been play­ing cricket since he was 18 years old.

“I used to be a regis­tered Queens­land cricket coach and went to all the schools,” Kit said.

“It’s a sport with good fun, good mates (and) good for the younger gen­er­a­tion.”

Jack’s son Jesse George, 14, is look­ing for­ward to the sea­son play­ing with his cousins, dad and pop.

It’s his first sea­son on the pitch, although he trained with Jack, who was a Gayn­dah Rebels mem­ber, last year.

But the keen ath­lete’s big­gest pas­sion is low­er­ing his hand­i­cap in golf.

NEW TEAM: Jesse George bats dur­ing a Gayn­dah Wan­der­ers prac­tice ses­sion.

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