Bats, balls and wickets out for a feast of cricket in Perth

19 Aug

Ollie Rae and Charlotte Bascombe prepare for the STV Appeal weekendPerth is set to see a lot of cricket action on Sunday 24 August, with three events taking place in the city.

Doo’cot Park will be home to the Girls Kwik Cricket Festival from 10am, with around 15 teams taking part, comprising representatives from schools and cricket clubs from across the country. Kwik Cricket provides children of all ages and ability and experience the opportunity to participate in a fun introduction to cricket and encourages fair play.

Following the Kwik Cricket at Doo’cot Park, 22 of the finest women cricket players in Scotland will battle it out in the final game of the Senior Women’s Regional Series, starting at 2pm.

The inaugural ‘No Limits’ Disability Cricket Tournament takes place at Bell’s Sports Centre, starting with an opening ceremony at 9.30am and matches from 10am.  Organised by Live Active Leisure Cricket Development, this tournament will see two Perth and Kinross teams take on County teams from Shropshire and Bedfordshire.  Disability inclusion cricket is still in its infancy in Scotland but it is intended that this will become an annual event as the number of players increases across Scotland.

Spectators are welcome to attend any of the above events and can even try their hand at cricket from 12.30pm at Doo’cot Park.

This weekend also marks Cricket Scotland’s ‘cricket-a-thon’ in aid of the STV Appeal, which helps children affected by poverty in Scotland.  Cricket Scotland is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved with cricket whilst raising funds for the charity by donating to www.justgiving.com/stumpuptoplay

To be part of the cricket-a-thon, all participants have to do is make a donation to the STV Appeal, pick up a bat and ball in a location of their choosing, or take part in or attend an event. 

Kari Carswell, Cricket Scotland Women’s and Girls Manager, said: “We’re delighted that so much cricket is taking place in Perth this weekend, and it’s great that so many children are getting involved in the sport.  We’re also pleased to be involved with the STV Appeal and hope that everyone taking part in cricket events this weekend will donate to this worthy cause.” 

Perth and Kinross Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross said “The No Limits Disability Tournament gives an opportunity to showcase disability cricket and to encourage those that are interested in having a go to get involved with our fun and inclusive sessions”. 

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland said: “Cricket is one of the fastest-growing sports in Scotland and we have three fantastic events taking place in Perth that weekend - we hope that everyone enjoys the experience.  They’re all part of our STV Appeal ‘Cricket-a-thon’, which is a great way to introduce people to the sport, whilst raising money for a truly worthwhile cause. I’m also pleased that Perth will host the inaugural Disability Cricket Tournament and hope that this will be the first of many.”

Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “A huge thank you to Cricket Scotland for getting behind the STV Appeal with this fantastic fundraising event. The Cricket-a-thon is set to be a fantastic weekend for cricket fans up and down the country, so whether you're a club member or arrange a game with friends in your local park, please make it count by donating to the STV Appeal and help our fight against child poverty in Scotland. The STV Appeal 2014 is now underway with lots of exciting fundraising activities and we hope to make this our best year yet.” 

A new block of disability cricket coaching begins in Perth from Monday 25th August for any players with physical, learning or sensory disabilities and no experience or prior knowledge of cricket is required.

 

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