The domestic season may be just a fortnight away but Tasmanian cricketers are still finding time to help youngsters make their way in the game.
Ten groups of Tasmanian Tigers, Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Roar players will tour the state on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a community blitz, visiting schools and cricket clubs with the aim of promoting the sport.
Over the course of the two-day program Invermay, Riverside and Sacred Heart primary schools will receive a visit from Ulverstone all-rounder Corey Murfet and Hobart opener Caleb Jewell, while Aaron Summers, Sam Rainbird and Roar skipper Veronica Pyke will visit a handful of schools on the state’s East Coast.
Beau Webster and Nick Buchanan will shoulder most of the Northern schools, visiting Longford, Evandale, Cressy, Our Lady of Mercy, Deloraine, Mole Creek, Hagley Farm, Exeter, Beaconsfield Scotch Oakburn and Summerdale.
The duo will also visit the Launceston, South Launceston, and Mowbray cricket clubs.
The community blitz program ties in with Play Cricket Week and aims to promote existing cricket programs such as The Captain’s Challenge, MILO in2CRICKET, MILO T20 Blast, as well as junior and senior club cricket.
The program comes just days after the Tasmanian Tigers played their last pre-season practice match against South Australia in Maroochydore.
The Tigers play their first domestic ODI against New South Wales on October 2.