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.

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