NOT JUST CRICKET BUT THE BIG BASH
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