THE Portland and District Cricket Association’s Under-13 Country Week continues to grow, with a record number of teams entering the third year of the competition.
Eight associations will entre 12 teams in this year’s event, which will start on January 13 and conclude on January 15 in Portland.
Event organiser Clarkston Ray said the under-13 Country Week was an important entry level event in Cricket Victoria’s pathway system as it exposed young players to the concept of representative cricket in a participation orientated format.
“This event gives these players the grounding for Country Weeks in the future,” Ray said.
“When we started this Hamilton didn’t have an under-12 competition, but now they have one that feeds into this side; all of the associations have something that feeds into this level now.”
Matches are 25 overs per side, with batting and bowling restrictions in place to ensure participation levels are maximised, while a Spirit of Cricket award is presented at the end of the event to the player who displays the best attitude and approach to the game throughout the event.
Ray said the PDCA attempted to schedule each side at least one game on turf for the event as many players at this age level would never have played on a turf wicket before.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.