18th Dec, 2017

Budding cricketers enjoy 'Wicketz' charity game hosted by Leamington

CRICKET: LEAMINGTON welcomed youth cricket and disability sports charity the Lord’s Taverner’s to Arlington Avenue for a Birmingham vs Luton ‘Wicketz’ game.

Launched in 2012, Wicketz uses cricket as a tool for change.

The programme is aimed at young people within areas of high deprivation across the UK and enables youngsters to develop life skills including respect, team work, and self-confidence.

For the young Wicketz participants it was their first ever match.

Birmingham ended the day victorious, winning with just an over to spare.

However, it was Luton’s Aaron D’Souza who was player of the day – he scored 43 runs with the bat.

Henry Hazlewood, Lord’s Taverners cricket programmes manager, said: “It’s a fantastic experience for young people from inner-cities to be able to play matches against other groups from different areas of the country.

“Cricket is the hook, but they take away so much more which contributes to their personal development.”

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