The Fairway Junior Super League is making a return this spring with a record number of players and two new clubs signed up.
The modified T20 cricket league, designed to develop junior cricket in the Island, will see players from school year’s 6-8 divided into six local club teams; including the newly formed St Ouen Springfield Scorpions and the Jersey Lionesses.
Lee Meloy, Jersey Cricket Board’s Development Manager, commented “The Fairway Super League has grown from 56 players to 90 and we are particularly pleased that the Jersey Lionesses are joining us this year.
“Women’s cricket is one of the fastest growing areas of the game and having an all-girls side participating will bring a new dimension to the popular league.”
Taking place during May, June and July, the Sunday league consists of twenty four fixtures based on franchise cricket, like IPL and the Big Bash as seen on TV.
Players have been drafted into teams and are now training with qualified club coaches prior to the first game. The focus is on participation, fun and competition and each match features rolling subs, coloured stumps and the chance for every player to bat and bowl.
Fairway Group CEO, Louise Bracken-Smith said sponsorship of the league aligns to the group’s values of sport and leadership.
“I believe there is a real crossover between sport and business – as a team we work and train hard with a focus on being the best you can be. The league is designed to encourage players to pull together as a team, develop their communication and leadership abilities, valuable skills that can be learnt both on and off the field.”
Mr Meloy added: “I’m delighted that Fairway have continued their fantastic support of the Super League. Last year was such a success that we realised immediately we needed to increase the size of the tournament to cope with the demand of young children wanting to play.”
Other teams taking part include last year’s winners OV Vipers, St Ouen Springfield Storm, Farmers Bulls and the Walkovers Warriors.
The league gets underway on Sunday 13th May.
For interested players not allocated a place in the league: please visit www.jerseycricketboard.co.uk for more information on how to get involved in junior club cricket.