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Pitch for cricket alternatives

SATURDAY morning junior cricket could soon become a thing of the past as parents and clubs push for more convenient alternatives.

Night-time games are expected to free the day for busy parents and shorter Twenty20 style games are aimed at increasing interest.

President of the Warwick Junior Cricket Club Paul Gordon supports the change if it encourages numbers.

"If it keeps the kids interested then that is fine. The more kids playing cricket the better," Mr Gordon said.

"Playing the shorter, sharper and more interesting version of the game will be good and there is always the extra option to play the longer version if the kids are interested."

"It would definitely suite certain age groups to play at night, particularly the older kids with weekend jobs but there is nowhere for night games in Warwick because we don't have lights on our fields," Mr Gordon said.

Warwick Junior Cricket currently runs a mix of one-day and Twenty20 games on the weekends and will continue to do so.

"The under 14s and under 16s play a mix at different times on different weekends to give them the variety and diversity needed to stay interested," Mr Gordon said.

Cricketing parent Brett Hay believes that while night games might encourage greater numbers it could also increase the cost associated with the game due to field upgrades and lighting.


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