It's a Blast

STUDENTS from the Tamworth area got their turn at bowling, batting and fielding in the Milo Blast Cup yesterday.

15 teams from six primary schools played in the modified games at Riverside 2 with an even split of boys and girls.

The day was just one of many being held around the region this month to encourage youngsters to give cricket a try and hopefully come back for more.

“We’ve had a fabulous response,” Central North development manager Kathy Barber said.

“We want to get as many kids as we can to experience playing 


The year three and four kids from Timbumburi, Nemingha, Westdale, Hillvue, Tamworth and Tamworth South played four or five games each.

Each game involved eight-over innings and every player had a chance to bat and bowl.

Few of the students play regularly, but the plan is to turn as many of them as possible into cricketers.

“Not many of them play cricket but from here they can play on Saturdays or in our Milo program on Tuesdays,” Barber said.

Of course fun is a big part of the days and the advent of playing music during the matches is popular among the kids.

A number of Milo Blast Cup and similar events have been held in other centres in the past coupe 

of weeks.

Earlier this week cricket combined with football for gala days at Coonabarabran and Coolah while the biggest response to a cricket day was at Moree last week where 22 teams competed.

Next week Tenterfield and Armidale will also get the chance to host Milo Blast Cup days.

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