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Barnt Green junior cricket proves a big draw

Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:12:53

Barnt Green Cricket Club has had to close its books to junior boys after seeing more than 200 aged from six to 16 sign up for the club. The flourishing girls’ section still has room for a few more.

The success of the section and the fact that the club can accommodate such large numbers is thanks to the large number of willing volunteers, either qualified or simply enthusiastic assistants, who turn up each week to give their time and effort.

Club spokesman John Ward told The Village: “We are pleased to report that our partnerships with local schools are bearing fruit with schools using our facilities for practice and matches and also benefiting from coaches visiting them to support their cricket curriculum or to run after-school activities and courses.

“These school-club partnerships are an important part of the English Cricket Board (ECB) and the Government initiatives to increase participation in sport or recreation. Barnt Green, as a Clubmark-accredited club is proud to play its part in this process.” 

Meanwhile, the ECB’S Play-Cricket website puts Barnt Green as No 1 in the national ratings for the National KO Cup* (currently the Cockspur Cup) based on all results from 2001.

The Club National KO competition is the highest-rated competition outside the professional game.

“This is a fantastic accolade for what is still a community club in a relatively small community as compared to the large, affluent clubs in the south-east or great urbanisations,” said John.

“We are sure that our village and environs will be proud of these achievements and continue to support us in our efforts in the near, and distant, future.”

As The Village went to press, Barnt Green had progressed to Round 3 where there were to meet the powerful Birmingham Premier League Champions, Wellington away from home.

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