Big day on pitch for lit­tle bat­ters

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

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