Nick and Pete Kenny get in some early batting practice at Tweed Super Sports at Chinderah. Photo: Blainey Woodham
Nick and Pete Kenny get in some early batting practice at Tweed Super Sports at Chinderah. Photo: Blainey Woodham Blainey Woodham

Ashes win brings Tweed kids out to play

THERE are a few things Aussie sports fans love, winning being right at the top of the list.

First there were the Invincibles back in the 1940s and now we have the Unchangeables, an Ashes-winning Australian cricket team who managed to field the same 11 players for the entire five matches of the series.

We won five zip - if you were an English supporter who switched off the television after the first two matches.

Tweed Heads residents have subsequently gone cricket mad, as has the rest of the nation.

Great wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said only last week he was beginning to see the likeness between India and Australia because all he saw was cricket matches being played everywhere he looked.

Back yard, neighbourhood streets, parks and all other available spaces are being used this summer for some serious amateur T20 matches.

Cricket clubs and associations are even feeling the flow on effect with record numbers signing on to play the game, from D to A grade outdoor to eight a side indoor cricket.

Bryan Kenny manages Tweed Super Sports and had seven teams playing in his first division indoor competition before December.

Now he expects an increase to nine or 10 teams after the recent Ashes demolition of England.

"With Australia winning you would expect them to start knocking the door down to play, for sure."

School kids were the first to start the resurgence back in early December, according to Kenny.

" We noticed a big increase with school kids just after the first Ashes win in Brisbane as far as kids all wanting to play cricket rather than the other sports."

He says it is all to do with the national team winning again and the free-to-air broadcast of the national T20 Big Bash League.

"Things like the Big Bash League definitely drum up a lot of interest and it is not that different to indoor cricket as far as the pace of the game."

With numbers like this we can almost guarantee the future of the country's cricket stocks.

Young Nick Kenny and his brother, Pete, were getting in some practice at Tweed Super Sports when The Daily News dropped in for a chat.

"I have been playing outdoor cricket for the last six seasons and since the Ashes were on I have noticed heaps of other kids joining up," Nick said, as he practiced with the bat.

"At the moment the long form of the game is my favourite but the T20 is awesome to watch as well."

Michael Clarke and Darren Lehman will be busy preparing their side for the upcoming tour of South Africa, who sit atop the world rankings, just begging to be knocked off by our boys in their baggy greens.

cricket trivia

Syd Gregory holds the record for most ducks in an Ashes cricket with 11 in 92 innings.

Clarrie Grimmett bowled 9164 balls in Ashes cricket without a single no ball.

While batting for England, John Murray once took 80 balls to get off the mark.



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