Cricket tournament  for school kids a huge success

A SCHOOL-holiday cricket tournament for under-11 cricketers proved a big hit at Broadland Park this week for about 100 kids.

Organised by Dean Hawkins and Max Turner, the week-long, social cricket competition filled a void in the local NTCA under-11 roster which does not restart until the end of this month.

``There were a lot of weeks where kids would be wanting to do something,'' Hawkins said.

``So we located a venue at Broadland Park thanks to the Grammar School and groundsman Tom Crawford which was an excellent, enclosed venue with nets.

``Day one was a skills day for the kids based around bowling, fielding and batting skills, a net session and interactive cricket games.

``Tuesday through to Friday we broke the kids up into four teams called Storm, Thunder, Wizards and Stars, based on who could turn up on any given day and they played a game in the morning and one in the afternoon each day.''

Hawkins said some interesting modified rules were employed along with a modified ball.

``The kids have had a really good week and it's been terrific for everyone.

``We had kids from five years of age through to 12 and it just snowballed.

``We accommodated all of them and we had marquees set up, barbecues, and parents  had chairs out and were taking pictures and it's been a massive success.

``If people want to see how it went they can look on our Facebook site called junior cricket SLCC and they will [be] able to see photos and a bit of a story about it as well,'' Hawkins said.