Bumper season for junior cricket
PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED IT’S SET to be a bumper season of cricket in Dalby, with more than 100 players signing on for junior cricket, the biggest number in more than four years.
Juniors rose early and donned their whites for the first match of the season at the Owen Street Cricket grounds on Saturday.
The local junior club plays non-competitive matches, however many Dalby players will play for the Western Downs representative team, alongside players from Miles, Chinchilla and Condamine.
The Western Downs will go up against Toowoomba, the Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley in various matches until the end of February.
Dalby Cricket Association secretary Tim Hart said while cricket had already started, the club welcomed new players throughout the season.
“We’re still taking new kids on ... we’ll find a place for them, the more the merrier,” he said.
Hart said the junior club had grown significantly but still did not have enough players to host an in-house competition.
“Mostly the juniors are under-12s, 13 years up to 15 years old and they play amongst themselves,” he said.
“We’ve gone from about 30 kids to 100 … the long-term goal is to have competitive teams.
“I think we have almost reached a level where we can go and have a rep game against other teams in the region, it’s about 12 months down the track.
“I would love to see it grow. We have the facilities now and we have three beautiful fields with two new light poles so hopefullywe could have some night cricket.”
Hart said for now junior games provided a good opportunity for kids to play cricket in a relaxed, social environment.
“We shorten the games out so kids just spend the morning playing cricket rather than the whole day,” he said.
“At the end of the day it’s about getting kids playing sport and we’re starting to get a bit of help from the dads and we have a good support network with parents helping and that helps the game grow.
“If we have a good number turn up on Saturday morning they all have a go at bowling, batting and a chance at wicket keeping.”
Juniors players can sign on any Saturday morning from 8am.