Quick singles

QUICK Singles is delighted with the news that Cricket NSW will hold a Level 1 coaching course in Grafton next month.

Steve Whitton is the local man on the ground co-ordinating the course that will run over three nights on Tuesdays February 1, 8 and Wednesday, February 9. Each session begins at 6.30pm and will go for two to two-and-a-half hours.

Quick Singles asks people to note that these are the correct dates and apologises for giving the wrong dates on the radio, while standing in for Bruce Baxter.

Steve would like people intending to do the course to pay him by the end of January. He needs at least 12 people to enrol for the course to go ahead.

The course will be held in the South Grafton High School auditorium and people those attending will need to come dressed appropriately to take part in hands-on coaching drills.

The cost of the course is $70 for the three days. Cheques should be made payable to Cricket NSW. Contact Steve on 0414857130.

-STEVE said there had been suggestions that clubs could subsidise players who attended the coaching course.

"It's a real benefit to clubs to have members with coaching tickets," Steve said.

"There were some suggestions that the players could pay half the fee and the clubs the rest."

-QUICK Singles believes that coaching is vital for cricket to continue improve and develop.

As well as improving onfield aspects of the game, coaching makes more people aware of other responsibilities they owe cricket.

-JUNIOR cricket representative games make an early return this season with the CRCA Under-12s, 14s and 16s playing their first games after Christmas on January 30, before school goes back.

Players eligible for selection in these teams should keep their eye out for details of matches in The Daily Examiner.

-THE selection of 13 Grafton juniors in North Coast Council cricket sides is an indication of the strength of junior cricket in the region.

Mitch Ware, Rohan Hackett, Ryan Lynch, Brendan Purser, Steve Lutton and Matt Hartmann are in the Under-16 side to tour the Manning at the end of the month.

In the Under-14s Quentin Pursey, Cadyn Tasker and Tim Whalan are in the team for a tour to the Hunter Valley.

In the Under-12s Jake Frame, Jack Hartmann, Nick Wood and Adam Smidt are representing the council.

Another player, Brad Robertson, would also have made the Under16 team, except for his selection in the Bradman Cup team.

-BRAD and Lower River cricketer Aaron Jones performed well in North Coast's win over North Riverina on Monday.

Brad, coming in at number seven, scored 37 not out of the team total of 6-241. Aaron opened the bowling, taking 3-25 from 10 overs.

-QUICK Singles is distressed to learn of the end of a piece of cricket history at the weekend.

An ancient lime tree which is thought to have stood for more than 200 years just inside the boundary at the St Lawrence Ground, home of the Kent County Cricket Club, in Canterbury was felled by high winds on Saturday.

The 60ft (18.29m) tree was already in place when first class cricket was first played at the ground in 1847.

A spokeswoman for the club said only a seven foot stump re- mains.

-THE club had anticipated the demise of the tree, which has been in ill-health for several years.

A replacement tree has been growing in a nursery for the past four years.

There has been some debate whether to maintain tradition or move into the future with a pristine ground.

Thankfully the traditionalists are holding firm on this one and it's likely ground staff will plant the new in roughly the same position as the old one.

-THE Clarence Valley boasts at least one cricket ground with a tree growing inside the boundary.

Cricketers playing at the Illarwil ground must contend with an Australian version of the lime tree ? a big old eucalypt ? growing a few metres inside the boundary at wide mid-on or third man (for the right handers among us).

-JUST a final reminder to local cricket lovers that the touring Canterbury Colts Under-21 cricket team will play the CRCA at Ellem Oval tomorrow.

The Kiwis are in the middle of a three-day 'Test' at Coffs Harbour, that finishes today.

They will arrive in Grafton at around 6pm tonight. People who are billeting the visitors should come to the Pavilion at Ellem Oval to meet their guests.

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