BIG APPEAL: There was no stopping these happy players from The Pocket Public School at the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup. The fun event featured loud music, painted faces and other lively entertainment.
BIG APPEAL: There was no stopping these happy players from The Pocket Public School at the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup. The fun event featured loud music, painted faces and other lively entertainment. Stuart Turner

Cricketers enjoy Blast

THERE was screaming, there was dancing - welcome to 21st century cricket.

Loud music, painted faces and short-sided matches all featured as part of the Milo T20 Blast Cricket Schools Cup.

Among dozens of FNC schoolchildren involved in Tuesday's event was 11-year-old April Archibald.

The Mullumbimby Public School pupil said she thoroughly enjoyed a rare taste of cricket action.

"It is fun," she said.

"Every time our team won we were screaming but when we lost we were happy as well.

"We are dancing, shouting and cheering.

"I normally only play cricket twice a year or maybe in the backyard with my family.

"This has made me realise cricket is fun."

The Cricket NSW program aims to boost participation numbers and further promote the sport.

Cricket NSW development manager for the North Coast Dave Szumowski said the day, held at the Byron Bay Recreation Grounds, had been highly enjoyable.

"It has been awesome," he said.

"I just think it is the way to connect with today's generations and a good way for all the kids to learn about cricket.

"We hope that if they want to go on with cricket this will help point them in the right direction to join their local club."



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