New cricket formats promise to be big hit

GAME ON: Girls are a big part of Cricket Australia's push to improve  participation rates in cricket with a push on to form all-girl teams and competitions.
GAME ON: Girls are a big part of Cricket Australia's push to improve participation rates in cricket with a push on to form all-girl teams and competitions.

Cessnock District Cricket Association is looking forward to reconnecting kids to cricket this year via  a new range of  junior formats aimed at introducing the next generation to the game.

Boys and girls aged six to eight can get involved through the Milo In2Cricket program, with a high focus on short, sharp fun learning the skills.

Boys and girls aged from seven to 10, can try the T20 Blast, fashioned on the high-intensity half-time action of the adult Big Bash games.

Boys and girls who graduate to Under 10s and Under 12s  will play   modified versions of the game on shorter pitches, with smaller balls and boundaries and less fielders.

Once you reach under 14 or under 16 level, you’re playing conventional cricket. 

“It’s all part of a Cricket Australia initiative aimed at making the game more appealing to modern families,” Cessnock DIstrict Cricket Association president Robert Stapleford  said.

“Game times will be compressed, everyone will get a go at everything and there will be a focus on learning the skills in a fun environment.

“It was piloted last year in Singleton and parents and kids loved it. This year association’s across the Hunter are adopting it in varying degrees.

“Cessnock it taking it on entirely and we’re looking forward to reconnecting kids to cricket.” 

For more details, give Robert a ring on 0418 453 082.