Maxi-Cricket will be delivered to primary schools across Tshwane, by introducing children to basic cricket skills and inspire young people to play cricket regularly, while expanding the presence of the game at primary schools.
Maxi-Cricket offers a new fast and exciting format, with eight players per team competing in a 16 over match. Five balls will be bowled per over, with two bowlers in succession from the same end. Bye laws will include power overs and runs ran by batsmen will count double.
The programme will start at the end of July and run through September. Schools are encouraged to participate in a league, which requires minimal infrastructure and equipment. Maxi cricket will be played with a specially designed ball, an intermedium between softball and hardball. Teams will be run by coaches or volunteers.
NCU’s Operations Manager Johan Muller said: “We are extremely excited to launch this new programme. The large fall-out number of players from KFC Mini-cricket into hardball, proved that a gap exists in these age groups, specifically for a fast, exciting version of cricket.”
“A complete cricket game will now be played in 90 minutes. The change in bye-laws is innovative and aims at promoting running between wickets and high run scoring. This format makes it easier for schools to attract more players to the game.”
“We are encouraging parents and volunteers to get involved in the game, in assisting the widespread of cricket at primary schools through Maxi-Cricket, using minimal infrastructure and equipment.”
For more information about Maxi-Cricket, as well as details about local programmes, visit www.northernscricket.co.za.
NOTE: Johan Muller will be available for interviews (083 659 3512)