On a Friday afternoon at Morrison Bay Reserve in Putney, 80 young cricketers from Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates Junior Cricket Club get together for a game of CRIC6. The Pirates CRIC6 program is the first of its kind anywhere in the world – STICKY WICKY, the world’s first sticky cricket game, provides the ultimate wicket keeper containing the wayward bowling styles of the young and not-so-famous and providing the ultimate in umpires – if it sticks, you’re out! Everyone bowls and faces an equal number of balls. During Round 1 on Friday afternoon, we saw 80 kids playing cricket, catching, bowling, batting and running between wickets – unreal. Each team is named after a cricketing country (India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Barbados, England...) and they are all competing for the ‘CRIC6 World Cup’. The afternoon is a great initiative from Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates and is sponsored by STICKY WICKY.
For some time RHH Pirates Junior Cricket Club has recognised that there was a significant gap in their junior program – too big of a leap between HAVE-A-GO and the U8s. They were losing players each year because kids didn’t have the skills or patience to enjoy the U8 competition yet they were bored with the activity-based sessions – they were keen for a real game!. Peter Dodds introduced STICKY WICKY to Roy Maggio, The Club President and instantly he knew what to do with it – a game of STICKY WICKY for the 6-7 year olds- a fast, action packed game practicing real skills – he’d call it CRIC6. The atmosphere is fantastic – 80+ enthusiastic kids, 7 STICKY WICKYs, a picturesque riverside oval, families, picnics etc – a real Australian scene.
Conditions were perfect for Round 1 of the Tournament. Organisers are extremely confident that the young Pirates will make the transition to ‘real’ cricket with considerable ease when this program is completed. For more information visit http://www.piratescricket.com/