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There are plenty of opportunities for young cricketers in Fenland
There are plenty of opportunities for young cricketers in Fenland

Have you been inspired to take up cricket by England’s Test series victory in South Africa this winter? Do you fancy yourself as the next Ben Stokes or Stuart Broad?

There are some great opportunities on offer for young people in Fenland who want to try out the sport or brush up their skills.

March Town Cricket Club has 10 teams, which include three junior boys’ teams and a ladies and girls’ team. Its ground is also used by Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club to play Minor County matches.

The club runs the English Cricket Board’s “Chance to Shine” programme in the area, providing free cricket coaching to five local schools.

Its Junior Section, with the support of Living Sport, the county sports partnership, has arranged six indoor cricket coaching taster sessions that will be held at Neale-Wade Community College, starting at the end of this month.

Sessions aim to develop the skills of beginners and encourage more people to take part in local cricket.

The coaching team are looking forward to introducing the sport to youngsters who are completely new to it, or have not played much.

These sessions are for girls and boys aged 10-16 and will be run by qualified coaches. They cost just £2 and will be held on Fridays (6-7pm), starting on February 26 for four weeks. After the Easter holidays there will be two more sessions, on April 15 and 22.

Meanwhile, a new kind of cricket started at the Hudson Centre in Wisbech last week. Called “Chance to Shine Street”, it is informal, fun and a great introduction to the traditional game.

There are sessions every Tuesday (8pm-9pm). Each one features a fast-paced version of cricket, using a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape. Each innings consists of 20 balls, with a game lasting just 20 minutes.

Sessions are for anyone aged 16+ who is completely new to cricket or wants to improve their skills.

Keep an eye out for Walking Cricket, starting up in Fenland this spring.

For more information on March Town Cricket Club, visit www.marchtown cricket.com

For more information on the Active Fenland programme, contact me at lbremner@fenland.gov.uk

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