Cricket?s young guns on show

By Tony White

The likes of Ryan Lynch, Matt Hartmann, Mark Laybutt, Bill Wynn jnr, Luke Many and many other classy young players have all graduated through The Daily Examiner Schools Cricket Shield.

The annual competition is on again with South Grafton High School registering a strong win over St Andrew's in the opening round of the Under-14 boys competition last week.

Today, McAuley Catholic College takes on Grafton High School in Under-14 and Open boys at JJ Lawrence and McKittrick Park respectively. The Under-14 game will begin at 1.30pm and the Opens at 4pm.

At Rushforth Park, Grafton High School and St Andrew's will clash in the opening round of the girls competition.

Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) secretary Bill Wynn said the decade-old competition had proven to be a tremendous success.

"Every other sport has an equivalent and we're (CRCA) happy to help foster cricket in schools with the competition," he said.

"Most of the players who come through the clubs have been involved.

"It has a two-fold effect ? it helps schools and secondly helps develop talent through to the clubs.

"Most of the good young kids playing at the moment have come through this competition.

"The association is only too pleased to help sponsor the competition and encourage the flow on effect."



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