Glenn Kelly, Jae Clarke and Charlie Hughes at the “come and try” Beep Cricket day on Saturday

March 27, 2023

The first steps have been taken towards forming an All-Abilities Cricket team in the South Burnett.

On Saturday morning, a team of players from the “Blind Bats” at Morayfield visited Kingaroy to show off their skills in “Beep Cricket” at the River Road ground.

Charlie Hughes began the last cricket season playing for a South Burnett senior team, Kingaroy Orange, but as his eyesight deteriorated he had to take an off-field role with the club.

But he was keen to keep playing so on Sundays he travelled to Morayfield to play with the “Blind Bats” in their competition.

It was this connection which led to the “Blind Bats” coming up to Kingaroy at the weekend to host a “come and try” day.

Jae Clarke, from Nanango, was keen to have a go.

Jae told he used to play “rubbish bin” cricket when was a youngster which he had enjoyed.

Kingaroy Services Club president Glenn Kelly said the South Burnett Cricket Association wanted to support the creation of an All Abilities team to play in Morayfield.

There are currently two teams in this competition, but it is about to expand to four, playing for the Ian Healy Shield.

Anyone interested in learning more about All Abilities Cricket should contact Glenn on 0487-321-696 or Charlie on 0435-799-280.

Charlie Hughes, second from left, with members of the Blind Bats team in Kingaroy on Saturday


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