Bumper sea­son for ju­nior cricket

Dalby Herald - - SPORT -

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.

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