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THE next gen­er­a­tion of crick­eters has made a de­but with the launch of a Big Bash League for kids in Bris­bane.

About 100 young­sters at Wil­ston North Ju­nior Cricket Club slogged and swept, caught and kept, their way through the first Wool­worths Ju­nior and Master Blasters pro­gram at Al­bion.

The new cricket pro­gram is a short-form Fri­day night com­pe­ti­tion with mod­i­fied rules for kids aged five to nine. The hour-long pro­gram will run over 17 weeks and teach bowl­ing, bat­ting and field­ing on a shorter field and pitch.

Twenty20 star and lo­cal fan favourite Chris Lynn said it was a great way to get kids in­volved in cricket.

“It’s just like a mini Big Bash comp with­out the pres­sure,” he said.

“I wish I could get a free hit off a tee af­ter a wide. It gives ev­ery­one, whether they’ve had a back­ground in cricket or any other sport, a chance to go out there.

“It’s not like a footy code where you’re big­ger or smaller. You’re the same age and it’s a level play­ing field.”

HAV­ING A BALL: Aryan Virk, Zoe Yan­narakis, Jack Car­mody and Peppa Hodge on the pitch. Pic­ture: Peter Wal­lis

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