U10 Kwik Cricket Festival a success
Cricket Scotland, in association with the Western District Junior Cricket Union, hosted an U10 indoor Kwik Cricket festival on the morning of Sunday 27th September 2015.
The festival was a repeat of the successful trial event run after the 2014 season – and saw 31 young players, from 5 clubs, take part in a round robin, 6-a-side, pairs match format.
Two matches took place simultaneously in the Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall. There were no boundaries, everyone had to bat with plastic bats and, unlike traditional indoor cricket, no runs were awarded for hitting the wall or roof – so the batters had to work hard (and run fast) for their runs. Any wides or no balls resulted in a strike off a ‘T’, meaning that each over was full of excitement – and challenged the scorers and umpires to keep an accurate count of everything that was happening!
Very encouragingly, there was a lot of good cricket on show. The shorter-than-usual pitch length hurried the batters - but there was plenty of clean striking and some very clever use of the ‘drop and run’. When the bowlers found their line, the stumps went flying – and there was good support from the fielders, with some great catches and powerful throws. Predictably, given the format, there were some moments of chaos – with over-enthusiasm leading to both batters being at the one end when running and fielders throwing the ball away for overthrows from a distance when they could almost have touched the stumps!
However, the format also forced the players to speed up their decision-making and the parents and coaches present were treated to a great morning of entertainment – and skill.
Participation was the main aim of the festival. However, the final statistics do show that Clydesdale CC won the festival (Played 4, Won 4), with Ferguslie CC (3 wins) second. Pleasingly, Helensburgh CC, Irvine CC and Uddingston CC all finished in joint third place as each club one won game, on a morning where cricket was definitely the overall winner.
As always, thanks must go the coaches, umpires, parents and players who made the event possible – and rounded off the junior season in the west region in style.