Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Junior Revolution Starts; New Format, Schedules Accepted by Junior Cricket Association

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Junior Revolution Starts; New Format, Schedules Accepted by Junior Cricket Association

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Byline: Matthew McInerney sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE revolution is on.

Junior cricket will never be the same again after Clarence River Junior Cricket Association accepted revolutionary notions to the structure of the local competition.

The much-hyped T20 Blast format for the under-10 cricket was formally accepted at Monday night's meeting, along with a schedule shift which will see junior cricket wiped from weekends.

CricketNSW participation manager Michael Procijlo delivered a more thorough presentation about what the new format would deliver, building upon North Coast development manager Dave Szumowski's discussion a fortnight ago.

CRJCA's Adam Brown said members raised several questions, but the association ultimately confirmed their unanimous support for the concept.

He did indicate at least one change to CricketNSW's framework, with the program's duration the target.

"The fees will remain the same but we want to give the kids as much cricket as we can," Brown said.

"It's originally supposed to be an eight-week package but we'll try to run it over 16 weeks."

There is no set time for when the U10s will play, but Brown said he would discuss a plan with the Clarence River Cricket Association to run the juniors before the midweek Night Competition.

Brown's proposal would see the U10s run from 4-5.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon, with the senior teams set to play their limited-overs matches immediately after. …

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