Sea­son un­der­way for ju­nior crick­eters

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CRICKET

JU­NIOR cricket launched a new sea­son last week, with kids of all ages taken to the pitch for the first time this sum­mer.

The Kelsey Creek Cricket Ground was the place to be on Fri­day, with a good turnout for the first matches of the sea­son.

Un­der-5s through to un­der-15s took the pitch, in what was a suc­cess­ful first out­ing.

The Proser­pine Ju­nior Cricket Club will once again host a ‘Have a Go and Have a Game’ pro­grams de­signed for boys and girls aged five­nine. “It was great to see a healthy num­ber of chil­dren aged five-nine sign­ing up to the pro­gram,” club pres­i­dent Brett Hansen said.

“The main ob­jec­tive of the Have a Go and Have a Game pro­grams were to teach the kids the ba­sics of the game in a fun learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

The un­der-10s and 11s en­joyed a mod­i­fied game of cricket on field two, with a host of grad­u­ates from last year’s Have a Game pro­gram star­ring on the night.

Hansen said the un­der-10s and 11s pro­gram was de­signed to fur­ther de­velop the skills of ju­nior cricket while gift­ing play­ers more prac­tice in game-like con­di­tions.

Un­der-12s to 15s com­bined for a mid­field twenty20 match, with two teams se­lected.

This age group fo­cuses on the tra­di­tional rules of the game, while im­ple­ment­ing them un­der match con­di­tions.

The Proser­pine ju­nior crick­eters will hone their skills over the next fort­night be­fore tak­ing on Bowen at the end of the month.

Proser­pine ju­nior cricket games are held on Fri­day af­ter­noon from 4-6.15pm at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

The mini crick­eters (five- nine-year-olds) start at 5pm and con­clude at 6pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Brett Hansen on 0429 448 315.

START­ING YOUNG: Steve Pep­per rolls one over at cricket sign-on on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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