Season underway for junior cricketers
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.