Big day on pitch for little batters
BACKING UP: Aiden Taylor gets away as Gayndah’s Sophie Young gets into the delivery stride. RUNNING between the wickets is a long way when you are five years old and you have to watch the ball, dodge bowlers and carry a heavy bat.
Junior cricket in Mundubbera on the weekend was played at the state school and 30 budding batters and bowlers were getting a great cricket fix.
“These guys get together every two weeks or so and have a game just to give them some fundamentals of the game and above all to enjoy the great game of cricket,” Gayndah dad Scott Roth said.
“The under-10s play a game where each player gets a given time with the bat and the fielder rotate around the park so everyone gets to bowl,” he said.
Sweeping the ball with every smidgen of energy, Toby Rodgers smacks the ball to the outfield, runs for his life and makes his ground with a metre to spare.
Bowling very fast Ryan Johnson, 10, from Gayndah was enjoying his cricket.
“I have been playing for a year now and I can’t spin,” Ryan said.
“So I just bowl as fast as I can.”
Mundubbera Junior Cricket president/coach and umpireWayne Pashley makes sure that the rules are flexible enough that everyone gets a bowl and a bat.
On the high oval the over 10s play a totally different game where things are played for real. When you get out you are out.
Padded up and ready to bat, Brittany Parr sits and waits for her turn.
“This is so much fun playing against the boys,” Brittany said.
“We are playing hard today, we have four girls on our team and they have mostly boys.”
The Mundubbera and Gayndah senior players helped out in the umpiring rolls and are nurturing the juniors.
At the end of the day there are no losers, just winners and happy kids.