From the streets to competitive cricket
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 10:23 AM
Cricket Espana has been making great strides with its junior development, capitalising on the Street20 programme they started last year to competitive cricket.
In 2013 plans were put in place to introduce a Street20 cricket program supported by ICC Europe to various regions in Spain that allowed younger players to experience a shorter fun version to the game of cricket.
One of the regions that introduced Street20 Cricket to its region is the East Coast and Central League (ECCL) which covers the Valencia and Murcia regions. The Street20 cricket programme was played in the region by various schools and clubs and now some of the players have progressed from this to an indoor league that was formed with players from 8 to 16 years of age taking part. Taking this a step further Cricket Espana have now managed to create a regional 11 aside squad playing hard ball cricket.
With the Street Cricket programme in place it is proving a starting point and catalyst in allowing children of all ages to be able to play cricket as a new sport, and within a year represent their region, from this hopefully it will allow some players to represent their country.
ECCL played the STK Academy even though they lost both matches, it was encouraging to see players moving from Street20 cricket to playing.