New kit bag boosts junior cricketers

25/6/2011'Peter Jackson, left, and Graham Westwell of the Lords Taverners presented Boxmoor Cricket Club with some equipment on Saturday.
25/6/2011'Peter Jackson, left, and Graham Westwell of the Lords Taverners presented Boxmoor Cricket Club with some equipment on Saturday.

THESE youngsters were in for a treat as a charity stumped up some new equipment for their club.

Boxmoor Cricket Club’s juniors were donated a new U13 hard ball kit bag by The Lord’s Taverners charity’s St Albans region.

Nick Harper, head of junior cricket at the club, which includes 85 young cricketers, said: “It is a very useful piece of expensive equipment we are able to obtain at a subsidised rate.

“Particularly with children, they do not know if cricket is something they will stay with so mums are reluctant to buy all the stuff.”

Mr Harper said the kit bag included enough equipment for three batsmen and a wicket keeper as well as hats, balls and stumps.

He added: “It means anyone who wants to play can.

“While we are not hugely disadvantaged and we do not have lots of disabled kids, we are able to give all our kids the opportunity to play crickets if they have not got their own kit.”

Mr Harper said the children were also made more aware of the charity.

He said: “They all sat and listened so I was very impressed as Peter [Jackson, the chairman] talked to them about the work.”

The Lord’s Taverners is a youth cricket and disability sports charity.