Cricket: Primary School Initiative at Nunholm

1 07 2010

Primary School teams up for cricket at Nunholm

Dumfries Cricket Club’s Primary Schools summer term initiative culminated on Friday with a predominately Noblehill team taking on a Collin/Georgetown select in a hard-ball game.

The “experienced” Aiden Collingwood demonstrated his class and dominated the match by taking 5 wickets and scoring 20 runs.

Adam Gilliland and Gavin Irving used the benefit of coaching received at the club and also looked good with the bat. For Noblehill Keir Morton was the leading wicket-taker and Craig Penrice and Ronan Dunbar the top run-scorers.

Kwik cricket action at Dumfries Cricket Club

Over the course of four weeks local schools were invited to the club and over sixty primary school children played cricket on the Nunholm ground with teams and participants from schools at Collin, Georgetown, Noblehill, Cargenbridge, and Cummertrees involved. The schools played a series of soft-ball matches played under kwik cricket rules, obviously enjoyed themselves and also impressed the club’s ex-cricketers who had “volunteered” their services to umpire the matches.

This is the second year of primary schools playing regularly at the club over a period of weeks and Rory Fergusson, the Club’s Junior Convenor, said “The club are delighted that the club’s links with local schools are proving beneficial and we look forward to doing more with them.”

Thanks and appreciation are due to the umpires and the parents and teachers who supported the initiative – especially John Gillies and Pam Abraham of Collin and Noblehill primary schools respectively.

For more information about junior cricket at Nunholm, which continues over the summer with Monday night junior sessions (6:15-8pm), contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455 or see http://www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk .

Iain Stewart, Cricket Scotland’s West Community Development Manager, said “It is really pleasing to see a club like Dumfries Cricket Club taking these steps to pro-actively get youngsters into the great game of cricket and to be serious about whole club development. Positive steps like these ensure the future of a club.”

These cricket games followed on from five weeks of cricket sessions conducted at the local schools which were facilitated by the D&G Community Coach, Chris Stewart, and which at Cummertrees were taken by Dumfries CC’s Scott Beveridge. The post of local community coach is supported by the Dumfries and Galloway Leader programme.

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