Revamped tournament excites young players

THIS year’s western NSW junior cricket carnivals will add something new.

In both the under 13 and under 15 carnivals, one-off Twenty20 games will be played on the Tuesday nights.

The carnivals are organised by the Orange District Junior Cricket Association and treasurer Scott Larsen said they thought the Twenty20 games would be good for the young players.

“Each team will nominate their best players and each Tuesday night we’ll play a Twenty20 game using those players at Wade Park,” Larsen explained.

“The other kids will go along and watch. We’ll have a barbecue, music and other activities.”

Larsen said playing at Wade Park would be a novelty for the young cricketers as they often played on synthetic wickets.

Then there’s the added excitement of playing under lights.

During the days, the teams will play 50-overs-a-side games.

The under 15s carnival will run from January 7-10 next week.

The under 15s carnival has grown to 10 sides this year with Shoalhaven, South Coast, Dubbo, Mitchell, Lachlan, ACT under 15s, ACT under 14s, Wagga Wagga, Orange-Bathurst Invitational and the Mid Mountain Chargers (from the Blue Mountains) all lining up.

The under 13s will have 12 sides this year and their carnival will run from January 13-16.

Joining Shoalhaven, South Coast, Dubbo, Mitchell, Lachlan, ACT under 13s, ACT under 12s, Wagga Wagga and Orange-Bathurst Invitational will be Northern Districts, Illawarra and Penrith.

In both carnivals, teams will play one-day matches for the first three days before lining up in positional play-offs on the final day.

Larsen expects Mitchell to be competitive in both carnivals as well as Wagga and the ACT sides.

He also said Illawarra and Penrith would be ones to watch in the under 13s

Play in Monday’s first under 15s games will get underway at 10.30am.

The under 15s Twenty20 game will be played on January 8 with activities starting at 6pm and the game beginning at 7pm.

The under 13s Twenty20 game will be played on January 15 from 7pm.

Spectators are welcome.

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