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Sunday 19 August 2018

Children bat for a great innings at Leinster cricket camp

The 10 to 14 year olds at Wexford Wanderers cricket camp
The 10 to 14 year olds at Wexford Wanderers cricket camp

Anna Hayes

Over 60 kids enjoyed a day of playing and learning about the fundamental skills of cricket at Wexford Wanderers in a one-off camp made possible by Cricket Leinster.

Youth Development Officer Herbie Honohan explained that camps are held each year in different locations and, this year, Wexford was chosen.

The camps were facilitated by Cricket Leinster Development Manager Briain O'Rourke and two other coaches who took the two sessions.

Kids were split into two groups, aged under ten, and aged from 10 to 14. The first session, with the younger players, saw the kids playing matches with soft balls while the older kids played with the hard ball. Some local club coaches also attended to see if they could pick up some coaching tips.

Some of the kids were already club members but others came along having had a taster of the sport while in school, or on the back of Sports Active promotion which the club were grateful for.

Mr Honohan said the sessions in the schools had been very successful and kids had enjoyed it as it was something different: 'We kept it solely focused on fun and the basic skills of bowling, hitting and catching. There's plenty of time for the technical stuff!'

The club, which was re-formed in 1975, has between 30 and 40 underage members, and they are always open to new players. Training takes place at Wexford Wanderers on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

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