Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Twenty20 Openers Offer Pathways to Top Country Appeal; Inaugural Cricket NSW Youth Championships Begin

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Twenty20 Openers Offer Pathways to Top Country Appeal; Inaugural Cricket NSW Youth Championships Begin

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Byline: Mitchell Keenan Mitchell.Keenan@dailyexaminer.com.au

CRICKET: The inaugural Cricket NSW Youth Championships kicked off yesterday with the Country competition taking place throughout the Clarence Valley this week.

The new format marks an important and historic structural reform to junior pathways throughout the state by unifying the 29 junior associations, 25 metropolitan and four regional, within the NSW Districts Cricket Association.

Since 1909, volunteers have organised the junior inter-district representative competitions for each of the 29 affiliated associations but the competition establishes a statewide junior representative competition.

The aim of the changes was to streamline the Cricket NSW Pathway for under-age players towards state and international cricket.

Over grounds in Harwood, Yamba and Grafton, eight Country NSW boys representative sides between 13 and 15 years will battle it out over the week.

Newly appointed senior manager of cricket Darren Goodger said the championships clarified the pathway to higher levels for all participants.

"The inaugural season of the Cricket NSW Youth Championships provides wonderful opportunities for players, coaches and umpires to experience representative cricket," Goodger said.

"The response among the cricket community across the state has been most positive to this exciting new concept."

Goodger said the aim was to make progression to the top level more accessible to all involved.

"Our purpose at Cricket NSW is to inspire people to love cricket. By making the pathway process easier to understand, we hope these championships enhance this purpose," he said.

Goodger also thanked those involved in bringing the exciting event to fruition.

"We express our gratitude to the competitions team led by Bruce Whitehouse and the Youth Championships staff, Jess McMahon and Stephen Blomfield, all of whom have done a fantastic job bringing the Youth Championships to reality," he said. …

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