Juniors play under lights
JUNIOR cricket will be played under lights at Ballina for the first time when rival Under-16 interdistrict teams clash in a day/night match at Fripp Oval on Sunday.
The match between Ballina Blue and Ballina White is scheduled to start at 2.30pm.
Both teams will use a ball developed by Kookaburra for use if Test cricket eventually includes day/night play.
The Ballina District Junior Cricket Association, which is hosting the match on Sunday, has performed strongly in Far North Coast junior representative cricket in the past two seasons.
Its Under-14s and Under-12s won consecutive titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
This season Ballina is fielding six interdistrict teams and most play nearby on Sunday starting at 9.30am.
Organisers are hoping to get players and parents from the other venues back to Fripp Oval for a free sausage sizzle and drink when their games are completed.
Junior representative co-ordinator Craig Jenkins says the association will now aim to get as many games as possible played as day/night fixtures.
The new lights at Fripp Oval have already been used for the start of the Ballina Premier League Twenty20 competition, although rain has marred some games.