Young cricketers hang up bat for holidays

6th December 2017 5:00 PM
LOVING IT: Many children on the Granite Belt played cricket this year and are sad the last session is done and dusted. LOVING IT: Many children on the Granite Belt played cricket this year and are sad the last session is done and dusted. Kim Micke

Junior cricket: On Saturday, junior cricketers enjoyed their last cricket session for the year.

Stanthorpe Junior Cricket Association secretary Melinda Toms said the children were mad about cricket this year.

"They just see it on TV all the time at the moment, so they just want to play cricket,” she laughed.

Coach Pat McCormick said junior cricket was well up and running in Stanthorpe.

"It's just terrific,” he said.

"The standard of cricket is definitely up.”

McCormick was excited so many children chose to play cricket this year.

"We got more kids involved than we had in the past few years,” he said.

"We have four teams most Saturdays, so that's really good.

"They are all really enjoying themselves, they love it.”

Some of our local children even made it into the Southern Downs representative junior cricket team, showing off their skills when clashing with other teams from southeast Queensland.

"We've also got 10 kids involved in rep inter-city cricket as part of the Southern Downs team,” McCormick said.

"They have already had three or four games with the rep team.

"They play against teams from Toowoomba, the Lockyer and Western Downs.”

McCormick thanked all the patient parents who were always happy to help out.

"We got lots of mums and dads involved as umpires and helpers,” he said.

There will be no cricket sessions at CF White Oval during the Christmas break and local cricket youngsters will have to wait until next year for the sessions to resume.

"We'll be starting again towards the end of January,” McCormick said.