THE cricket season has kicked off and the Bulahdelah junior team is the newest addition to the Manning River District Competition.
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Team Manager Erin Matheson said fielding a junior team is a first in Bulahdelah Cricket Club history.
“The club reformed two years ago after 14 years without a team,” Erin said.
“This year we have the first ever junior team set up, they have all come up through the Milo Cricket that we started a few years ago.”
The new U12 team will play 15 matches throughout the season including nine home games.
“They put up a good fight in their first match against Wingham only narrowly being defeated by 15 runs,” Erin said.
“It was a great effort for their first ever hit out.”
The best bowler for the day was Blake Matheson taking 5 for 6 and the top batsman was Toby Barry with 9 runs.
Erin said the support of sponsors and the community made it possible for the team to be up and running for the start of the season.
“Bulahdelah Cricket Club would like to say a huge thank you to Access Fuels, R & R property, IGA, Great Lakes Tree Professionals, Erik Wilkes Sawmill, Kevin Smith Electrical, Barry Bros Butchery and the Bulahdelah Garden Club for your generous donations and sponsorships,” she said.
The young players were decked out in new team shirts for their weekend match and are certainly enjoying playing for the local team.
“The best thing about having a local club is that you get to play with your mates and represent your town,” team member Kurtis Barry said.
“I really enjoy playing cricket and there are some great coaches who train us.”
Kurtis said he prefers bowling and is learning new skills each week from coach Geoff Matheson.
“I also practice a lot at home, but I haven’t broken any windows yet,” Kurtis told News Of The Area.
The cricket season runs until March 2018.
By Daniel SAHYOUN