Wigan Cricket Development Group teams ready for batathon
Wigan Cricket Development Group teams ready for batathon
24 hour bat-a-thon kicks off summer of cricket
14 July 2011
What summons up the image of an English summer better than sun, fun and cricket?

Well Wigan Cricket Development Group (WCDG) can certainly offer the above in abundance this year – though they can’t promise the sun!

This year’s summer cricket bonanza kicks off on Wednesday June 1st with the WCDG 24-hour charity bat-a-thon.  

From 10am right through till 10am the next morning, players, coaches and friends and family of local district teams will bat continuously at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre.

The event aims to raise awareness of the sport and to raise some much needed funds for the development of junior cricket in the borough.

WCDG run boys and girls teams for under 11s and under 13s, and an under 15s boys team. Each year the teams take on the best players from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire to earn some county recognition.

Tim McKiernan, cricket coach for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Sports Development Unit, said: “The opportunities to engage in this sport improve every year.
“The Wigan Cricket Development Group with its 13 member clubs and support from Lancashire Cricket Board, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Surridge Sports and ASDA, are able to offer fantastic opportunities for cricket fans of all ages.”  

Karl Brown is a regular in the current Lancashire Cricket Club first XI and knows firsthand the benefit of joining a WCDG team. The former junior player for Atherton and senior at Leigh Cricket Club said: "The development group helped my cricket career because they have a very good junior set up and I always enjoyed it there from eight years old through to the first team".

This year’s cricket season will work towards another important diary date - the WCDG Surridge 20/20 Cup Final.

Thirty-nine quick fire games are held over 34 days this summer, culminating in the grand final at Highfield Cricket Club on Sunday July 10th.

Music and off field entertainment also promise to make the final an exciting family day out.
In the run up to the final, every one of the 13 teams will host at least two games so there is guaranteed to be some action at every community club and the competition promises much in terms of thrills and spills.
• For a full fixture list visit www.wigan2020.play-cricket.com.

• For more information on your local cricket club visit www.wcdg.play-cricket.com.