Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Some of my earliest memories are of long, hot, summer holidays sprawled in front of the television, crunching ice to stay cool, and watching the cricket with my brothers.

We also played cricket. In the backyard. On the beach. And it wasn't Christmas without an impromptu game after lunch while the oldies snoozed off the plum pudding.

There was that one time I was sent sprawling by a six, which connected with my head.  (I refuse to entertain rumours I've never been 'Quite Right' since then). Then there was the time when we all hid after someone sent a cricket ball through the (closed) kitchen window and onto the stove where a furious Mum was cooking dinner.

Good times, hey?

That's why, it took me about a second to respond 'You Bewtay' to an invitation to play around with the great Allan Border at Allan Border Fields in Brisbane this week.

The occasion was Queensland Cricket's launch of their Junior Cricket Revolution, a new family-friendly format for kids.

Launched by God  Allan Border and Junior Cricket's brand ambassador Chloe Maxwell, the idea is to tempt time-poor, financially-stressed parents and their kids back into cricket with a fun new take on the game.

Junior Cricket Revolution has several advantages over traditional cricket in that:

- No whites are required. (Think of the washing hours saved! And no red ball stains either!)

- It's played with softer balls and bats, so kids are less likely to get hurt. (Mind you it took Miss 8 about 10 minutes to cop a ball in the tummy, and Mr 10 another 10 minutes to sprain his ankle. Shhh ... They were soon back on the field.)

- It's shorter, so it doesn't take up the entire weekend. In fact, it's over in 20 overs (about 90 minutes).

- Every kid gets a turn, and all skills are practised - batting, bowling, fielding, the lot.

- Parents aren't required to be sporty or even participate, though that is welcomed if they want to.

- In fact, parents can sit on the sidelines drinking wine and beer and socialising (gasp!), while the ankle-biters wear themselves out. "You had me at hello," said Chloe Maxwell to that. Amen.

- There's no standing-around for all hours in the heat of the day, and some programs run at night. And the kids are active for the entire time they're playing.

- It's equally attractive to boys and girls - and in some cases the girls are better than the boys. (Gotta love that!)

- It's an affordable taste of cricket for youngsters, costing about $65 for about a ten week term. Kids play once a week, and this includes a backpack, shirt, hat, bat, ball, and Milo competitions/giveaways.

As Chloe points out, kids come home pleasantly exhausted which means: "They don't talk back, they go to bed when you tell them, and they sleep all night."

Where can we sign up?

(Easy ... Go to http://www.in2cricket.com.au/ and enter your postcode to find your nearest game).

Thanks to Queenland Cricket and the Junior Cricket Revolution I have a Junior Cricket pack to giveaway which includes a backpack, bat, ball, bucket hat, sticker and Milo sachet.

To enter, check you are following Maid In Australia and share who your favourite cricketer is and why in the comments below.

Meanwhile, here are a few of our favourite moments from the launch:

I love that Queensland Cricket is located at 1 Bogan Street.

Healthy catering for the kids
Me and bestie Allan Border

Practising my model hair flick with model mum Chloe Maxwell

A little pressie for me from Allan ... (Yes, we are on first name terms now, thank you)!

And the man himself checks my little man's injury is taken care of ...

The Milo queue

Good to the last drop!

Chase and Harmonie with the wonderful, very patient and giving Allan Border.

Harmonie doesn't want to wash her arm again ...
AB gives Chase a private bowling lesson ...

Harmonie's turn ... Honestly AB was like a Pied Piper with the kids. What a man!

Wanna play?


J said...

Wow! It looks like a fun day! We are yet to learn to "appreciate" cricket...

Mum on the Run said...

What a fabulous day for the three of you - and Al, of course!
You have actually managed the unthinkable here today - I am not repulsed by the c word (cricket) and am actually interested in the format you describe.
It eliminates all my bug bears about cricket.
Sounds great.
Is it coming to WA?

Mona London said...

You had a really wonderful sunny day, I wish there were more sunny days now, but maybe I will have to wait some months...

Sara said...

That looks like a fantastic day out. Our little girl is WAY to young for that at this stage, but if she was older it would be brilliant!
Love that AB was a 'Pied Piper' too! Thats a brilliant example to the kidlets of a real person in a position of authority - a real role model.

Mark L. Fendrick said...

I am clueless when it comes to cricket, but this sounds great for the kids ...

Loved the pictures!

Denyse Whelan. said...

How great was that day! Fab concept & good appeal to the kids & their parents. Loved how cool AB was with the kids!

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Having meet AB at my daughters school quite a few times he is a very charming guy and has time for everyone.

Your kids really had fun by the looks of the pictures

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone.
I've met a lot of celebrities as a journalist, and AB is certainly one of the nicest and most down to earth. So patient and kind to the kids, and a group of Mummy Bloggers and their hubbies, Mums, and kids. He even came by later to say goodbye. And yes, the program is going Australia wide as far as I know.

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

What a fun evening ... lucky mums too!

I hope they have it in Dubbo, my oldest played cricket for 3 years and he enjoyed it - till the fast bowlers got too fast at 12 yrs old.
The five years are keen on cricket too.

The Waugh twins are my favourite = twins !

CraftyMummy said...

I have to admit that I don't have a favourite cricketer because I don't follow cricket that closely.

But I do encourage my son to give any sports a go and he'd love the prize. Thanks for the chance to win

Blundermum said...

My favourite cricketer has and always will be the duck that walks across the screen. I spent hours watching cricket with my dad, waiting anxiously for that duck.