Go on, give it a bash


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

CHIL­DREN from St Clair will get a taste of what it’s like to play in the Big Bash League with a T20 cricket pro­gram com­ing to Cook and Banks Re­serve.

Start­ing on Mon­day, the ses­sions will run once a week for eight weeks, giv­ing young­sters of all ages and skill lev­els a chance to get in­volved.

Or­gan­iser Jarred Hodges said the pro­gram gave chil­dren and their fam­i­lies a way to grow their pas­sion for the sport.

“T20 creates a fun en­vi­ron­ment in which kids can play and build up their con­fi­dence be­fore en­ter­ing into com­pet­i­tive cricket,” Hodges said.

“This pro­gram ap­peals to all lev­els, from those who haven’t played be­fore and those who have – the pro­gram is very in­clu­sive.”

The 90-minute pro­gram is run by vol­un­teers from the St Clair Hawks Cricket Club who will use their ex­per­tise to help the young sport­stars.

“Chil­dren will be put into teams and will have a go at both bat­ting and bowl­ing,” Hodges said.

“They will also take turns with our coaches who will go over tech­nique and skills.”

Aus­tralian T20 cap­tain Aaron Finch en­cour­aged chil­dren to get more in­volved in the ab­bre­vi­ated cricket game.

“I love the fun and ex­cite­ment of play­ing T20 and it’s great to see so many get­ting in­volved in this for­mat,” Finch said. “MILO T20 Blast gives girls and boys the chance to im­prove their crick­et­ing skills, keep ac­tive, and have a lot of fun.”

The Milo T20 pro­gram will be held at Joe McAleer Oval in Glen­den­ning. For de­tails on how to reg­is­ter, visit play­cricket.com.au.

Pic­tures: PETER KELLY

Jack Bal­go­wan, Blake Hodges, Ty­rone My­burgh-Sisam, Kate Pelle, Kay­den My­burgh-Sisam and Hay­den Dunn.

Hay­den Dunn in ac­tion and (right) Ty­rone My­burgh-Sisam gives the team some field­ing prac­tice.

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