The 2018 Atlantic National Primary Schools Cricket League gets underway on Friday April 20, 4:30 pm at the Rochard Douglas Recreation Ground, where reigning primary school cricket champions Montrose Government will square off against Rochard Douglas Presbyterian in an exhibition match.
Brent Francis, President of the Primary Schools Cricket League said that the 2018 season promises to be highly competitive, because many of the participating teams will be trained by coaches fresh out of the Atlantic Coaching Excellence (ACE) certification initiative.
“Atlantic’s ACE programme has been instrumental, getting Cricket Australia to come in and help lift the coaches’ techniques to the next level,” Francis said. “They’ve been exposed to some of the things being done in the international arena and that will result in the children playing with greater and greater skill. We in the League are excited at some of the things we’re seeing in these boys and girls, even though they are under 13. They’re having fun, but some of them are showing real potential to continue playing cricket at the highest level in the future.”
After Friday’s exhibition match, games will continue in the Boys and Girls Inter-School Competition until May 19. The leading schools will then advance to the National Play-Offs, which will run from May 21 until May 29. The top scoring schools will then advance to the Quarter-Finals, which are carded to begin on June 5.