The Cambridge Big Bash will expand to three tournaments in 2020, signalling an increase in demand for cricket in the region.
Cambridge Junior Cricket Club's (CJCC) move to John Kerkhof Park - after forming a partnership with Cambridge Football Club - has allowed for the competition to expand.
Stephen Carter said the Big Bash gives kids the opportunity to play in more than just Saturday cricket.
Action from 2018-19's Cambridge Junior Cricket Big Bash.
The upcoming competition, to be held in January, will feature eight 9-a-side teams in three age-groups.
The Big Bash is open to teams outside Cambridge, with, Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Hamilton, and St Peters, along with Cambridge sides being involved last year.
Carter said that Cambridge is a good central location for clubs in Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Auckland, and Counties Manukau.
2018-19's Junior Big Bash Cup winners.
"The focus isn't on winning, but it's an introduction to tournaments with Cup and Plate finals," he said.
The competition has grown and developed to such an extent that CJCC has employed a tournament manager, to continue to grow and develop the competition.
Further building on the increased interest in cricket in the region, CJCC will also host three Festival Days at John Kerkhof Park.
2018-19's Junior Big Bash Plate winners.
These will be T20 tournaments hosted on a single day, with each day dedicated to a different age-group with focus on fun, participation and bring cricket families together
These tournaments also provide further opportunities to get involved for another important group within the game - umpires.
Having successfully deployed teenage umpires in the ND Primary Boys competition hosted at John Kerkhof Park last summer, CJCC will look to put these same umpires in place for the Big Bash and Festival Days - the first steps in creating an umpiring pathway to mirror the increasingly successful junior cricket pathway created by CJCC.
Cambridge Cricket Festival Days (One-day tournaments)
Cambridge Big Bash
All tournaments are T20 tournaments with maximum 8 teams per tournament.
One-day tournaments will consist of 3x T20 games per team. Similar format for Big Bash, however first day will be round robin with Cup/Plate semis/finals on day two.
For further information on any of these tournaments, please contact Stephen Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: all age-groups are based on 2019 school year.