CLOSE CALL: Junior cricketers during a modified cricket game on Saturday.
CLOSE CALL: Junior cricketers during a modified cricket game on Saturday. contributed

Cricket popular among kids

JUNIOR Cricket has had a successful start to the season in Stanthorpe.

Player numbers and enthusiasm is up on last year and kids show they love turning up every Saturday morning to have a play and improve their skills.

Stanthorpe junior cricket is divided into two divisions, the Milo in2cricketers and junior players.

Stanthorpe Junior Cricket Association secretary Melinda Toms said on Saturday, the association welcomed new Milo in2cricketers who are now decked out in their yellow or pink shirts and hats ready to roll.

The returning Milo in2cricketers also received their kits with a new shirt, hat, bat, ball and a set of plastic stumps.

Each week these budding cricketers do a series of skills exercises followed by a modified game.

Eight lucky Milo in2cricketers will be going to The Gabba to be the lunch time entertainment during the Ashes Test Match between Australia and England later this month.

The junior players also had a great time on Saturday, polishing their skills with Pat McCormick and other volunteers.

"Our juniors look fantastic decked out in their whites and team badges,” Toms said.

"There is much celebration when a wicket is taken or runs are scored.”

Players travel from as far away as Tenterfield to play hard ball cricket in Stanthorpe on a Saturday.

Last Sunday, a number of Granite Belt players played a round robin competition in Toowoomba as part of the Southern Downs team.

The club would like to thank guest coach Alan Cameron who ran net sessions with the juniors at the start of the season.

A group of dedicated volunteers also attained their level 1 coaching certificates at a recent workshop held in Stanthorpe.

These coaches, along with many parents, share their knowledge with the junior players each week helping them to understand techniques and implement them in their play.

Junior Cricket welcomes players at any time during the season.

Interested boys and girls can come along at 8.30 Saturday morning to see for themselves or contact stanthorpejuniorcricket@ gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

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