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New stars at the Gabba

TEAM PHOTO: Stanthorpe MILO in2CRICKET coachs and coordinators Hayden Lanza and Peter Hines with (back from left) Martin Bell, Clancy Toms, Bailey Green, Grace Halliday, Thomas Evans, Isaiaha Gold, Ashley Haynes, (front from left) Lachlan Thompson, Christian and Salvatore Coco, William Halliday, Alexander Rankin-Andreatta, Clancy Moncada, Ryan Hines and Anika Gold play at the Gabba at the weekend. Photo Contributed
TEAM PHOTO: Stanthorpe MILO in2CRICKET coachs and coordinators Hayden Lanza and Peter Hines with (back from left) Martin Bell, Clancy Toms, Bailey Green, Grace Halliday, Thomas Evans, Isaiaha Gold, Ashley Haynes, (front from left) Lachlan Thompson, Christian and Salvatore Coco, William Halliday, Alexander Rankin-Andreatta, Clancy Moncada, Ryan Hines and Anika Gold play at the Gabba at the weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed

A SUMMER of beginner's cricket has delivered a Sunday of fun of some Stanthorpe youngsters.

As part of the MILO in2Cricket program, 15 new cricket players between the ages of 5-8-years of age took to the pitch at the Gabba at the weekend.

The friendly gathering of kids from across Queensland meant 180 MILO in2Cricket kids were able to walk in the footsteps of their idols.

One of the co-ordinators and coaches Hayden Lanza said the Sunday excursion was a first for the kids.

"It was something new to them all and they were pretty excited about it," he said.

"They played during the lunch break of the Australia and South Africa Test match."

Lanza's partner in crime Peter Hines said it was great to see the kids enjoying themselves so much.

"When they first went out on the field there was a giant beach ball and a big blow up bat for them to play with," Hines said.

"Half of them were working the bat and the other half were bowling.

"Even though there were other teams, they all played diamond cricket amongst themselves.

"It gives them some more practice and some more confidence in their cricket."

Hines and Lanza agreed that they would jump at the chance to do it again if the opportunity arose.

Lanza said even though it was still early days in the season, he had seen a marked improvement from the kids.

"None of them knew how to play when we started and now they are batting properly and learning how to bowl," he said.

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