T20 tar­gets young re­cruits

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

The Up­per Great South­ern Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion will en­ter a new era this sum­mer, with more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ju­niors to play the game and the merger of Nar­ro­gin clubs.

For the first time, 11 and 12-yearolds will have their own ded­i­cated cricket pro­gram, from Oc­to­ber 22.

Every Mon­day night for eight weeks on the Up­per Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s turf in Nar­ro­gin, chil­dren in the age group through­out the re­gion are in­vited to play in a T20 friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

Sec­re­tary of the As­so­ci­a­tion Peter Baker hopes that the new pro­gram will boost the sport’s profile in the re­gion.

“The T20 game for un­der-12s is a new thing we are run­ning this year to bridge the gap be­tween age groups and make it more fun and to hope­fully in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said.

“This will take place on the hockey pitch with mod­i­fied rules to make the game more fun.

“Get kids in­volved and get­ting them en­joy­ing cricket, hope­fully move them up into the se­nior com­pe­ti­tions.”

The com­pet­i­tive Lindsay Scott Shield will con­tinue.

How­ever, the age group has been moved up from an un­der-13s to un­der-14s com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Wool­worths has also come on board as the new spon­sor for the Ju­nior Blasters and Mas­ter Blasters pro­gram — de­signed for five to eight-year-old and nine to 10-year-old play­ers re­spec­tively.

The Nar­ro­gin Ju­nior Cricket Club and Towns Cricket Club are set for a merger in an at­tempt to stream­line op­por­tu­ni­ties for play­ers hop­ing to con­tinue their crick­et­ing ca­reers af­ter fin­ish­ing in their ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

Picture: Michael Traill

Mitchell and Heidi Ack­land, Neal Maartehs and Zac Coxon with their new Towns Cricket Club uni­forms.

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