Players enjoy Milo T20 Blast cricket at Brooks Oval

Jack Broadbent batting. Around 18 players take part in the skill development series each week.
Jack Broadbent batting. Around 18 players take part in the skill development series each week.

Despite the heat, energy levels were high in the Milo T20 Blast cricket series on Brooks Oval on Friday.

Around 18 young athletes aged between seven to 12 have been trying their hand at the sport each week, and co-ordinator Colin Starkey was pleased to see them return after school holidays.

“It’s good for me to give back because it’s the future of our game,” he said.

“Having them involved at a young age will continue to help the game grow and prosper.”

Tyler Boota at the crease.

Tyler Boota at the crease.

The T20 Blast series combines skill development sessions with games to help children learn the sport. 

For the younger five to eight-year-old crowd is the Milo in2Cricket program, which teaches beginners the basic ball skills and teamwork needed to play cricket. Around 20-25 regulars have been coming along to the program, which will wrap up at the end of the month.

“It’s a fairly gentle introduction to the sport,” Inverell District Junior Cricket Association secretary Wayne Fleming said.