Taverners back T20 for schools
SECONDARY schools on the Far North Coast can now play in Adam Gilchrist Shield and Matthew Phelps Shield cricket matches after the local branch of the Lord’s Taverners moved to accept a proposal to support both Twenty20 competitions.
The competitions have been run by Lismore junior cricket for schools in Lismore and surrounding districts. Gradually the competitions will expand throughout the whole of the FNC region, taking in schools from Evans Head to the Tweed and out to Kyogle and Casino.
The competitions are played in August-September in the lead-up to the cricket season. This year the finals of the two competitions were played as curtain-raisers to Lismore Festival of Cricket fixtures.
Lord’s Taverners local spokesman Stan Gilchrist said the organisation was only too happy to jump on board.
“The concept fits our objectives and promotes cricket,” he said.
“We have the wherewithal to provide the logistical support that Neil needs to take the competition to the next level, and we are pleased to be able to do so.”
The two school competitions are named after two of Lismore’s most famous cricketing sons, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Phelps.
The Adam Gilchrist Shield is for Year 9-10 students and the Matthew Phelps Shield is for Year 7-8 students.