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All Stars Cricket a huge success again in 2019!

Tens of thousands of boys and girls have played cricket for the first time this summer thanks to All Stars Cricket.

All Stars Cricket, an initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board in its second year, is designed to provide children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. Every child that joined an All Stars Club received a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap. Nearly than 70,000 children took part in the programme across England and Wales.

The facts and figures for All Stars Cricket in Somerset are just as impressive with nearly 2300 children participating in the initiative across 50 different clubs, which is an increase of over 500 children. Somerset are also the only county to have three clubs Lansdown, Knowle & Bedminster attracting over 100 children to their weekly session.

Locally, Somerset County Cricket Club have supported All Stars Cricket with Tom Abell, Max Waller, Peter Trego, George Bartlett, Paul Van Meekeren, Tim Groenewald, Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby, Jack Brooks, Jamie Overton and Nathan Gilchrist all visiting All Stars Clubs and joining in at sessions.

Just last week the Club also hosted All Stars Cricket Day at The Cooper Associates County Ground for the Somerset vs Sussex Vitality Blast match. This saw over 450 All Stars Cricketers and their parents from across Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset attend the match for free. They also had the opportunity to go on to the pitch before the match for a celebration photograph.

Matt Counsell, the Somerset Cricket Board League & Club Development Officer, who ran All Stars in Somerset, said: “Cricket among primary school-aged boys and girls has continued to be boosted thanks to the programme.

“Amongst the 50 clubs, there were new clubs for 2019 such as Claverham, who had over 60 children at thier sessions. Chard had nearly 40, Wombat CC had over 30 and Blagdon had close to 30, which is brilliant for a year one club. We’ve also seen clubs significantly grow their All Stars numbers from the first two years with Lansdown, Bedminster and Knowle having over 120 All Stars.

“We definitely got more bats and balls into kids’ hands and inspired them and their parents into a passion for cricket in what has been a fantastic summer so far.

“Somerset County Cricket Club have been brilliant in their support as well, from the amazing Vitality Blast free ticket offer to the likes of Tom Abell, George Bartlett, Max Waller, Peter Trego and Paul van Meekeren all taking part in a number of sessions with various clubs.

To find out more about All Stars Cricket and to register your interest for next year visit allstarscricket.co.uk

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