South Grafton Public School's Sam Egan hits the ball during the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup at JJ Lawrence Field.
South Grafton Public School's Sam Egan hits the ball during the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup at JJ Lawrence Field. Matthew McInerney

School's Twenty20 competition blasts into the Clarence Valley

CLARENCE Valley students smashed, bashed and dashed their way through a day of Twenty20 cricket yesterday.

The Milo T20 Blast School Cup for Years five and six was held at JJ Lawrence Field, turning the wide park into a more than 10 cricket fields crossed.

You could argue they were pseudo dance floors for the more than 250 kids taking part of the day, with uptempo music generating a carnival-like atmosphere.

Cricket NSW North Coast development manager Dave Szumowski said the day was designed to attract more juniors to the game.

"Watching them being able to emulate their heroes is one of the best parts of these days," Szumowski said.

"We run modifed games on days like today. The grounds are smaller so they can hit more boundaries.

"It gives them that buzz of being able to be just like their heroes and hopefully inspires them to play more cricket."

Years three and four students will have their turn at the modified games today, with more than 300 kids expected to turn out.

One of the more encouraging sights of these days is the number of girls playing the game.

Szumowski estimated the gender split was close to 50-50, but that did not translate to club cricket.

"I'm not sure why they don't play on weekends but hopefully the will," Szumowski said. "There's no reason why it can't be like football in that aspect"

Szumowski said they would only need 40 players to create a comp for girls, but the junior association and clubs would have to be on board.



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