Andrew Black, from Heritage Nanango Community Funding, with Scorpions coach Simon Morrow and some of Nanango’s Stage 1 cricketers

February 24, 2021

The South Burnett’s young cricketers now have a special pitch to play on in Nanango, thanks to the support of Heritage Nanango Community Funding.

The $12,000 synthetic wicket – laid on a concrete base – will enable the Nanango Scorpions to host Stage 1, 2 and 3 games simultaneously at the Nanango Sporting Association’s grounds in Burnett Street.

Stage 1 Kingaroy and Nanango players – the youngest cricketers in the South Burnett competition – played on the new pitch on Saturday while their older colleagues in Stage 2 and Stage 3 played on the other wickets at the sports fields.

Having three wickets at the same location will make life a lot easier for parents and carers who have children playing across different grades.

Scorpions secretary Dan O’Connor said the new wicket plays just like turf, which will help the young cricketers develop their skills.

There are about 35 juniors signed up with the Scorpions across the three stages.

Stage 1 games, which followed on from Master Blasters, began on February 6 and already there are about 20 young players turning out for either Kingaroy or Nanango.

Some Stage 1 action from Saturday at Nanango: a Kingaroy bowler sends one down …
… while a young Nanango Scorpion takes careful aim
Elliott Black, 9, from Nanango tries out the new wicket as his proud dad look on
Coach Michael Sanford with a bunch of Stage 1 Kingaroy cricketers and Andrew Black, from HNCF

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