Young cricketers learn skills early
Dannevirke Sports Club senior primary cricketers playing in a 25-over Manawatu¯ Intermediate A Saturday morning competition beat Feilding November 3 at the Domain.
Dannevirke made 210/7 off its 25 overs, Zac Ball retiring on 44 and several others scoring in the 20s. In reply Feilding amassed only 114 in the face of a even and tight bowling attack. Eden Chapman-Peters took a hat-trick finishing with four for three off two overs and Logan Boustead took three wickets in his spell.
Junior cricket has rules to foster young cricketers. While winning is important, giving all players a reasonable chance to perform is paramount. No batsman can be dismissed in the first six balls, with the team losing two runs if he is out in that time. This gives batsmen a chance to settle in. Batsmen must retire after 30 balls to give others a chance to bat and bowlers to other opponents.
Most teams also rotate the batting and bowling order. Dannevirke’s coach Paul Chapman said at this age cricketers are not sure whether they are bowlers, batsmen or allrounders so it is better they do not specialise too early.
The Dannevirke team has just come back from a three-day development camp over Labour Weekend in Napier. They played three games of 45 overs each and won their last game convincingly.
In January through funding from the Infinity Foundation the team goes to a five-day clinic and tournament at Riverbend Camp. Paul says the boys learn half a season’s cricket in a week.
Cullum Gibbons shows aggression on his way to 24 runs off 25 balls.
Eden Chapman-Peters shows a good technique opening the innings.