Hundreds of Australia’s best young cricketers have been given a warm welcome to Barooga and surrounding areas, where they faced scorching conditions on the first weekend of action for the Australian Primary Schools Boys and Girls Under-12s Cricket Championships.
Players, family members and support staff congregated at the Barooga Recreation Reserve on Friday for the opening ceremony, in which players were urged to make this tournament a launching pad for their budding careers.
Tournament co-ordinator Mick O’Dwyer said the fact the players could get out there and compete despite the stifling conditions was a major positive.
‘‘When you’re faced with those sorts of challenges it’s all about balancing the conditions and making sure that all the kids who have travelled so far to be here can still play cricket and be safe,’’ O’Dwyer said.
Early starting times allowed all girls’ matches to be finished by 2pm and boys’ matches by 3pm, subsequently missing the hottest part of the day.
O’Dwyer said there had been no huge individual batting performances yet, with the bowlers enjoying the ascendancy.
For the first time since the tournament’s inception the West Australian girls’ team was victorious, while both pool A and B in the boys’ competition looks like it will go down to the wire.
The finals will be played at Barooga Recreation Reserve on Friday.