Half term street cricket festival is a hit
The season may still be some way off but youngsters from across Bristol
came together during February half term to take part in an action-packed street
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Teams from Shirehampton, Hengrove, Whitchurch and two from Easton travelled
to City Academy School to take part in a series of Street20 games – a fast-paced
format made up innings of just 20 balls per team. The matches are played using
a tennis ball wrapped in industrial tape, mimicking the form of cricket seen in
places like India where locals play on the street.
Each team played eight games with Easton A beating Easton B to first
place. Hengrove finished third with Whitchurch and Shirehampton in fourth and
fifth place respectively.
All the players involved were aged 10-14 and have come through
Street Chance sessions run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board at local
leisure and community centres. The aim of the project is to engage with hard to
reach young people and get youngsters playing the game that wouldn't usually
have the opportunity.
GCB development officer Chris Munden said: "The atmosphere was
fantastic and it was great to see young people from different communities and
get on so well.
"The teams with the older players tended to get the better of the
matches but some of the younger players showed amazing skill and with a bit
more power they could easily have won more games.
"Most of these players wouldn't have been playing the sport if it
wasn't for StreetChance and the future of the project looks very bright with
players like these coming through the scheme."
Such was the success of the festival that it is now set to become
a regular event. For more information on
StreetChance including when and where sessions are held visit http://www.gloucestershirecricketboard.com/index.php/schools/streetchance
Any young person is welcome aged between 8 and 18. If you have any
questions please contact Chris Munden on 07557 924941 or email email@example.com