District cricket ready to go outside
The new season is almost upon us and the next stages of District Cricket, which is for the Under 11 age groups through to Under 14s will be taking place over the next few weeks.
Greg Kennis, the Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach explained what is happening: “The selection process has now been finalized,” he said. “There will be three sides in each age group this year and during the week after Easter all of the sides will be having an outdoor practice ahead of the District Festivals, which are taking place over three Sundays in late April and early May.”
Following on from the District Festivals, the Somerset Age Group Squads will be announced and this is the same format that was adopted in 2014.
“The Somerset county squad selections will take place after the District Festivals have happened and will be based on the winter training squads as well performances in the District Festival,” said Greg. “The system we have now got in place just seems to make sense. It makes each of the matches that little bit more competitive because nobody knows that they are in the county squad beforehand, which makes the boys push harder for places. It also means that anybody who missed out on winter selection can see that if they perform then there is a way in for them, which is how it should be.”
Looking beyond the District Festivals the SCB Head Coach said: “ The squads will be announced at the start of May and things start to kick off in the half term. After that there will be games every Sunday throughout June and July.”
Greg added: “It’s that exciting time of the year when everything is starting to take place. Everyone wants to get outside and practice everything that they have been working hard on over the winter.”