Junior T20 comp a hit

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 07-Dec-2017

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Action from Tuesday night's U16 T20 game between Huntly North Epsom and Bendigo.
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THE new under-16 Twenty20 competition being trialled by the Bendigo District Cricket Association is proving a hit with young cricketers.

The BDCA has 10 teams competing in the 20-over-a-side series on Tuesday night, which essentially serves as a substitute training session for many teams.

With Bendigo United not fielding a side, Maiden Gully becomes the 10th team in the competition.

The competition’s inception follows the league’s success in implementing under-16 and under-14 girls’s competitions in recent seasons.

Bendigo also has one of the biggest T20 blast areas in the country, as seen on Friday nights at the bustling Beischer Park.

“It’s about kids getting out there and having fun,” BDCA president Wayne Walsh said.

“It was an idea from Travis Harling and Cricket Victoria’s Ben DeAraugo. We play twenty 20 at senior level and the kids wanted to play it so we’ve given it a go and it’s been a good response.

“The kids still play their cricket on Saturdays too, but it’s just something different for them.”

The Tuesday night concept could also pave the way for the BDCA to schedule some junior matches midweek, though the league says no decision has been made on that.

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