Juniors all get to bat, bowl and runJunior cricket in Australia will be transformed next summer to deliver a game for all to have a go and then go home.
The new format “allows more fun, action and superior skill development – all in a timeframe to suit today’s busy lifestyle,” says Cricket Australia.
Children in Under 10/11s and Under 12/13s will play games on a shorter pitch to suit the players size and physical capabilities; with shorter boundaries; fewer fielders to increase on-field activity.
Everyone has an opportunity to bat, each player bowls and the game is finished in two hours for the younger players and three hours for the under12/13s.
The new formats will be rolled out over the next three years, following a nationwide pilot that was staged during the 2016/17 season and involved 15 junior associations, 171 clubs and 640 teams in the Under 10-to-16 age groups.
The formats will be phased in, to include female representative cricket this year and their male counterparts from 2018/19.