Students pad up for fun
PRIMARY school students enjoyed a few days in the sun this week as the MILO T20 Blast Schools Cup rolled into the Clarence Valley.
Formerly known as the "Super 8 Gala Day", a total of 19 schools took part across the two days, with 14 involved in Grafton yesterday.
North Coast development manager Dave Szumowski said the event was a great success, as more than 40 teams batted, bowled and fielded in the sun.
"Everything about the day has been great," Szumowski said.
"The weather's perfect, the ground's good and the kids are loving their cricket."
The games were played under the "Super Eight" format, where teams of eight would spend eight overs batting and bowling.
Around 20 fields were set up at JJ Lawrence Field for the gala day, with games taking place simultaneously with the help of high school cricket umpires.
"They use smaller fields due to the smaller number of players in each team," cricket promotion officer Brendan Palmer said.
"The majority of the equipment - which is completely supplied - is plastic so it's one of the safer forms of learning as well.
"It's a great way for kids to be introduced into cricket."
In a major boost for the event, South Grafton-raised Kara Sutherland was on hand to help encourage the cricket-loving juniors.
"What Kara's doing for women's cricket in Grafton and across the state is fantastic," Szumowski said.
"People are realising that cricket isn't just a boys sport and lots of girls are now getting involved."
Cricket NSW will trial a Year 3/4 competition in Coffs Harbour next term, and if successful, could be held in the Clarence Valley next year.