More than 250 budding young cricketers took to the lush, green grass of the Ashburton Domain yesterday.

The Ashburton Trust Year 5/6 tournament was organised by the Mid Canterbury Cricket Association and saw 25 teams from 13 different schools around the region take part.

Director of cricket Garfield Charles said that it was fantastic to see so many kids taking part in the event. “When I first started we had eight teams taking part, from there it just grew and grew,” he said.

“We always get positive feedback from the event and the kids just love it.”

Each team of 10 plays five 10 over matches, with batting being shared between pairs, who bat for two overs.

Three runs are taken away from the team’s total if a wicket is lost, with things made easier for the batting side as they are unable to be dismissed through LBW or a stumping.

“We have received great assistance from Ashburton College with some of their junior students umpiring the matches,” Charles said.

Teams varied in experience, with many students never having played cricket before.

“Sometimes they miss out on the basic things but by the third game they have started to understand how the game works and really enjoy it,” he said.

Article & Image courtesy of  Jaime Pitt-MacKay – Ashburton Guardian 

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