GALLERY: Young stars shine at Wisbech’s Junior Community Cricket Week

MORE than 100 youngsters are enjoying five fantastic days of batting, bowling and fielding at Wisbech’s Junior Community Cricket Week.

The cricket club plays host to 107 young stars aged from 6-16 at the sixth version of the annual event this week, which includes top coaching, indoor tournaments and a series of games.

Youngsters have already showcased their skills in batting, bowling and fielding masterclasses, before trying to follow in the footsteps of their England heroes in a special ‘Stuart Broad’ all-rounder contest.

Dom Stannard, the club’s youth development officer, said: “The reputation of this event has gone through the roof. Every year it gets bigger but this time it’s absolutely massive.

“The kids love it. All the work that it takes to organise an event like this is worth it when you see everyone enjoying themselves.

“Youngsters are starting to come through into the first and second teams now and that’s fantastic to see. In the seconds’ team two weeks ago there were five junior players that I had coached all the way up.”

A showcase Twenty20 match will be held on Thursday night between the Wisbech and March first teams, with four youth games and a final presentation taking place on Friday.

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A ‘Mums vs Lads’ match tomorrow, a Hare and Hounds Under-15 clash tonight and a mini-version of the Indian Premier League - in which young cricketers had to bid for their teams - will also delight the crowds.

For the first time in the cricket week’s six-year history, the team of dads were triumphant in the ‘Dads vs Lads’ match last night.

Stannard added: “There wasn’t too much cheating this year either! Normally the umpires are a bit biased to get the dads close - but this year they managed to win by themselves!”