Junior cricketers descend on Port Lincoln for Quality Wool Cup

IT MAY not yet be the “baggy green’’, but some of Eyre Peninsula’s under 14 junior cricketers will get the feel of a turf pitch when they descend on Port Lincoln for the annual Quality Wool Cricket Cup this month.

In its sixth year, the Quality Wool Cup Twenty/20 competition will be held on January 17 and 18 and will again feature eight teams from the seven cricket associations on EP, including Lincoln Great Whites, Far West, Eastern Eyre, Lincoln Tuna Kings, Great Flinders, Tumby Bay, LeHunte and Kimba.

Matches will be staged at Centenary Oval, Poole Oval and the two ovals at Ravendale Complex at Port Lincoln.

The competition will feature a host of the peninsula’s talented young cricketers, including Jayden Jude, Hamish Newman, Jay Mullins and Jackson Smith from Port Lincoln; Cooper Llewelyn, Max Ramsey and Raegan Taheny (Eastern Eyre); James Richardson, Joseph May and Lachlan Treloar (Great Flinders); Harry Scholz, MacKenzie Best and Saxon Obrien (LeHunte); Bailey Francis, Jack Chinnery and Kyle Liebich (Kimba); Brodie Higgins, Kye Butler and Reef Pople (Tumby Bay); and Ty Mullan, Eddie Vaughan and Zac Watson (Far West).

EP Junior Cricket Association President Tom Kenny said the Quality Wool Cricket Cup had been an excellent development for under 14 junior cricketers, who previously did not have such a competition in the region.

“The under 14s have liked having an event like this during the holidays and they have loved getting down onto the turf at Centenary Oval,’’ Tom said.

“It’s really giving the under 14s a go, an opportunity to excel and to have a look at what it’s all about.

“The event has become such a highlight in recent years, that now the under 16s would like something similar.’’

Some of the top under 14 cricketers from EP will also have played in a SACA competition the week before joining their fellow juniors in the Quality Wool Cricket Cup.

Glen Forbes, Wool Manager with Quality Wool, said the company was very proud with the development of the event over the past five years.

“This is a great initiative for junior cricket on the peninsula and hopefully it can contribute to producing some of our next SACA stars,’’ Glen said.

“It’s also great to see the kids enjoying their cricket and to see families from across the peninsula coming together – also to relax by the sea and do some shopping.

“We are very proud to be able to contribute to a community that has been such a strong supporter of Quality Wool over the years.’’

Results from the competition will be published on the Eyre Peninsula website (http://eyrepeninsula.sa.cricket.com.au) and can be accessed from the ‘MyCricket’ menu by navigating to ‘Matches’ and then ‘Fixture’, and selecting ‘2016/17’ and ‘Quality Wool Cup’ from the drop down menus.

Media information: Tom Kenny, President, EP Junior Cricket Association, on 0428 292 350.