The first game of 2019 for the Dalby Cricket Association, featuring Colts vs. Criterions.
The first game of 2019 for the Dalby Cricket Association, featuring Colts vs. Criterions.

Junior cricketers urged to ‘have a go’

CRICKET: If you were ever hesitant to enrol your kids in a junior cricket competition, now is the time to throw away those inhibitions and get started with this season’s round of cricket opportunities.

Dalby’s junior cricket club has opened up competitions to kids of all ages and abilities.

The junior cricket season kicks off with Master Blaster for kids between seven and ten years old, and Junior Blasters for five to seven year olds.

The Blasters kick off tonight at 5.30pm at the cricket oval and run for about an hour and a half.

The aim of the Blaster sessions is to ease kids into the skills required to master cricket, while also encouraging plenty of social interactions and fun for everyone.

For the more competitive kids aged between seven and 13, a competition on Saturday begins at 8am and is more of a “formal” cricket competition.

And for our older juniors aged 13 to 15, a Friday night competition designed to replicate a T20 match is kicking off tonight.

With enough numbers, junior club secretary Tim Hart hopes to kick off a competition against Chinchilla.

Hart urged young people who were interested in cricket to come and give it a try.

“With the modified formats they have, it basically teaches them the technical sort of side to cricket,” he said.

“It’s like a training session.

“All the cricket we do at a junior levels is non-competitive. It’s basically just for the social aspect of the game and to get kids out there to have a go.”

Hart also said starting young, and starting in non-competitive competitions allows for a smoother transition into the bigger, more competitive competitions when the kids are old enough to do so.

To register for the junior competitions, follow the steps here, or head to Dalby cricket oval tonight to have a try.