TEN Far South Coast junior cricketers got a taste for the international game last week.
The juniors participated in the on-ground entertainment during the innings break of the Prime Minister’s XI match against England last week.
FSC Cricket media officer Dave Allen said he was pleased for the juniors who got to experience the thrill of an international game.
“The group played a game of T20 Blast, a modified version of T20 cricket,” Allen said.
The group included two players from the Bega/Angledale Bulls, two Merimbula Knights in Edward and Mackenzie Peterson and Zak Keogh from the Pambula Bluedogs.
“Tathra Sea Eagles A grade captain Ben O’Reilly helped coordinate and umpire the match.”
South Eurobodalla Pirates president Boyd Brennan, who attended the match with a large contingent of players and supporters from the club, said the junior group enjoyed the experience of playing on the same ground as their heroes Brett Lee and Brad Hodge despite the “scorcher of a day”.
“The kids were stoked they were able to play in front of a large crowd at Manuka Oval,” Brennan said.
Coordinator Ben O'Reilly backed these comments up, saying that it was a "great opportunity” for himself and all of the kids to “have a game in front of 13, 000 spectators”.
“[It was] a far cry from the usual attendance at Sea Eagles games at Lawrence Park," O’Reilly said with a laugh.
After all the success of the Big Bash League and Australia’s dominance in the Ashes Allen said support for cricket had never been better.
Cricket ACT is running a number of events to encourage juniors to take up the sport.
A come and try Twenty20 blast day will be held on Tuesday at Berrambool Oval, Merim-bula.
Allen said the event will be run in a similar fashion to the very successful school gala days last year.
“Boys and girls of all ages are welcome, gear is provided and the kids will experience the fun of the Twenty20 Big Bash they see on TV with music and lots of action,” Allen said.
The event will run from 5pm until 6.30pm.
Details can be found on the Far South Coast Cricket Association website or for more information contact ACT Cricket development officer Matthew Paton on 0416 187 355.
If you miss the session next week, don’t worry.
The Twenty20 Big Blast will return the following week at the same time.