Marl­bor­ough Cricket all set for sum­mer

Marlborough Midweek - - SPORTS - ED GILHOOLEY,, MARL­BOR­OUGH CRICKET

The grass is mown, wick­ets are be­ing rolled and even the sun is com­ing out as we look for­ward to the start of an­other cricket sea­son. It’s not too late to reg­is­ter ei­ther and there is a grade or pro­gramme for ev­ery age and abil­ity as we ex­plain be­low.

The Su­per­star Cricket Academy pro­gramme is for our youngest play­ers learn­ing the game, typ­i­cally 5 to 8 year olds. Marl­bor­ough Cricket runs academy cen­tres at Hor­ton Park in Blen­heim on Mon­day evenings, En­deav­our Park Pic­ton on Tues­days and Ren­wick School on Wed­nes­day evenings – just choose the cen­tre that suits you best.

To reg­is­ter ei­ther click on the large blue Su­per­star Academy link from the home page of our web­site, www.marl­bor­oughcricket.co.nz or email de­vel­op­ment@marl­bor­oughcricket.co.nz with your de­tails and we will take care of the rest. All cen­tres start in the first week in Novem­ber so reg­is­ter this month if you are keen to take part.

For 8-10 year olds Su­per­star Kiwi Cricket is the best op­tion and this sum­mer games will be played on Fri­day evenings at Lans­downe Park from 4pm to 5.15pm start­ing from the first Fri­day in Novem­ber. Teams are

The Su­per­star Cricket Academy pro­gramme is for our youngest play­ers learn­ing the game ... .

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six a side and play with a softer ball so there is no need for any safety equip­ment such as pads, gloves or hel­mets.

The next stage af­ter Kiwi is WKhard­ball cricket, ei­ther Fri­day evening for fifth grade (gen­er­ally years 5 and 6) or Satur­day morn­ing fourth grade (gen­er­ally years 7 and 8). For se­condary school stu­dents Satur­day af­ter­noon third grade is the op­tion and play­ers grad­u­ate from here to sec­ond grade and even­tu­ally se­nior grade teams.

Teams in all grades above the Su­per­star Academy pro­grammes are or­gan­ised by our clubs and play­ers need to reg­is­ter, again via the MCAweb­site, us­ing the ‘‘Regis­tra­tions’’ tab and then se­lect the club that they wish to play for.

Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Marl­bor­ough Cricket De­vel­op­ment by email or phone the of­fice on 03 577 9050 and we will pass on your de­tails to the ap­pro­pri­ate club.

Women’s cricket is a big fo­cus this year for Marl­bor­ough Cricket and we hope to or­gan­ise girls’ only teams at both the Su­per­star Academy and Kiwi Cricket grades if we can get suf­fi­cient numbers in­ter­ested. We will also be run­ning a six a side women’s mid­week com­pe­ti­tion, which has al­ready gen­er­ated plenty of in­ter­est. If you are in­ter­ested in play­ing or en­ter­ing a team con­tact Artha, MCAde­vel­op­ment man­ager, at the MCAof­fice or via the de­vel­op­ment email ad­dress.

Best of luck to every­one play­ing this sea­son and re­mem­ber to get your regis­tra­tions in as soon as pos­si­ble so that we can or­gan­ise you in to a team.

Even if you played last sea­son you still need to reg­is­ter again for this sea­son so visit the MCA web­site for more in­for­ma­tion or give us a call on 03 577 9050.

PHOTO: SCOTT HAM­MOND/STUFF

Pra­bodha Arthavidu is the new coach­ing and de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Marl­bor­ough Cricket.

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