West Youth Cricket in 2016
The clubs have confirmed their entries, the league has produced the fixtures and the excitement is building. The new, 2016 WDJCU youth cricket season is now just weeks away.
Running from the end of April until the middle of September, the season will provide a variety of opportunities for boys and girls from throughout the west region to showcase their skills – many of which will have been developed through club winter training programmes.
U10 Kwik Cricket is the first offer in the pathway, with 2016 seeing a slightly amended scheduling format to try and increase participation. This will be the first year of a split into ‘north region’ and ‘south region’ festivals – with two festivals operating every Sunday.
There will be six different hardball leagues, running from the U11 age group to the U18 age group. Ideally each club would have enough players to enter each age group league on their own. However, where this is not possible, a maximum of two clubs may come together to form a combined team. The following leagues are running in 2016
|Age Group||Format||Number of Clubs||Number of Teams||Number of Fixtures|
|U11||8 or 10 per side, pairs||19||19||162|
|U13||11 per side||15||13||78|
|U14||8 per side||9||8||56|
|U15||11 per side||9||7||42|
|U16||8 per side||8||8||56|
|U18||11 per side||14||10||45|
In this, the 57th year of league youth cricket (1959 saw the first Junior Championship take place), there is more on offer too! There is an early season U13 League Cup, the U18 Frank Smith Trophy will enter its 52nd year and clubs have been encouraged to enter the NatWest and Cricket Scotland National Cup Competitions.
There are also representative playing opportunities on offer. There is an U12 Inter-Area Development Tournament which the six Area Cricket Development Groups have the opportunity to enter, there is a six-match Challenge Series which sees promising U14s from throughout the west split into three teams (Eagles, Foxes and Sharks) and there are Western Warriors U15 and U18 sides which participate in their respective Cricket Scotland Inter-Regional Championships (where both teams enter 2016 as the reigning champions!).
Finally, December will see the running of the three (U12, U15 and U19) annual indoor ‘Super 8s’ competitions – played over four days between Christmas and the New Year.
Interested followers can track the progress of each club, and each competition, through the informative West Junior Cricket website (www.westjuniorcricket.com) and through tweets (@westjuniorcrick).