Keen in­ter­est in new sea­son

Pilbara News - - Sport - Peter de Krui­jff

■ Or­gan­is­ers were over­whelmed by 180 chil­dren at a come-and-try cricket day in Kar­ratha last week.

The WA Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sent Perth Scorchers mas­cot Blaze as well as the WACA coun­try cricket co-or­di­na­tor and other staff to pro­mote the game.

WACA Pil­bara par­tic­i­pa­tion of­fi­cer Nathaniel Kett said the group vis­ited schools through­out the week to in­form stu­dents of up­com­ing ju­nior cricket reg­is­tra­tion be­fore the open event was held.

“We tar­get any kids; the kids that sign up ev­ery year and the kids who haven’t played be­fore,” he said. Chil­dren were split into two age groups, with more than 60 five to seven year olds tak­ing part in age-ap­pro­pri­ate skills and drills.

The older group of about 120 chil­dren played games in the T20 Blast for­mat.

Kett said it was good to see the event sup­ported by so many lo­cal coaches and par­ents.

“We had a lot of par­ents that stuck around and had a look and helped out,” he said. “We had a lot of kids who hadn’t played cricket be­fore and it was just a chance for them to come down and play.”

The ju­nior cricket sea­son will start in early Term 4. Go to www.play­cricket.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Young crick­eters hang out with Perth Scorchers mas­cot Blaze.

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