Six-a-side cricketing joy for youngsters
PUBLISHED: 10:49 01 July 2011
YOUNG cricketers got a taste of six-a-side action on Sunday when eight local cricket teams took part in a new tournament at Gunton Park.
Organised by Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway Cricket Club, the competition attracted teams from Lowestoft Town, Beccles, Blundeston, Hales & Loddon, Belton, Asmanhaugh and two teams from the host club.
Co-organiser Jonathan Block said: “I recently played in a senior six-a-side cricket tournament and thought that it would good to organise a similar event – but for under 15-year-old players. Our club had been wanting to promote its youth section and this competition was an ideal opportunity for its players to compete alongside other local teams in a different format to the usual 20–20 games.
“The six-a-side game is limited to five overs per innings and each innings has a 15 minute time limit,” he added. “After the first innings the players leave the pitch and play the second innings later in the day.”
Admitting it had been a “really good” day, which provided “some really exciting matches,” Block added that following the success of this event, the club hope to run an adult six-a-side tournament at Gunton Park sometime in July or August.
In the semi-finals Lowestoft Town took on Hales & Loddon while Ashmanhaugh played Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway “A”. The final was a very close affair with Asmanhaugh just pipping Lowestoft by two runs to win 55–53.
Fellow organiser Craig Guy said that K&LR have an under 15 and an under 13 team who both compete in the Norfolk Alliance Junior Competition. He said: “We could do a few more players for the under 13’s and we want to take on some more players in other ages over the winter.”
• Anyone interested in finding out more are invited to come along to practice sessions at Gunton Park between 5.30pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Alternatively, please contact the club’s Youth Co-ordinator, Jon Block on 01502 569389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The picture shows action from Lowestoft Town versus K&LR “B”