Young cricketers set for a big week

NORTHERN under-13 and under-15 cricketers will be busy with bat and ball when the NTCA's Vacation Week competition hits off on Monday.

The annual competition will run each day until Friday with Wednesday a rest day.

Six teams will take part in the under-13 competition in West Tamar, Riverside, Westbury, South Launceston, Launceston and Longford.

In the under-15 competition, teams from George Town, Launceston, Riverside, Longford and two from South Launceston will take part.

"It is an extended format of the games they normally play during the season, with the under-13s playing 35-over matches instead of the usual 25 and under 15s playing 40 overs each," Northern regional administration officer David Fry said.

"The under-13 competition has a provision in the rules for batsmen to face a maximum of 30 balls, but in the under 15s there is no compulsory retirement for batsmen, with the idea being that they get the opportunity to bat for longer periods and show their talent."

The competition will be a round-robin format played over four rounds with no finals.

Matches start at 10am each day at various venues throughout the North.Rosters are available on the NTCA MyCricket website.

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