Hitting it for six

by | 3 May 2021 | Education and Learning, Hobbies, Rotherham, Sports Club, U3A

It’s been a long and winding road from that cold January day in 2020 when members of Rotherham u3a visited u3a Walking Cricket Adviser Mac McKechnie and his Barnsley team, and came away determined to set up their own team in Rotherham.
Walking Cricket is a year-round activity, following English Cricket Board (ECB) rules. It’s a powerful, absorbing, fun sport for all, played at walking pace, using a soft ball. A match lasts two hours. Whether batting, bowling or fielding, it tests mental agility, increases heart rate, improves circulation, hand-eye coordination and releases ‘feel-good’ hormones. In short, a great mental and physical work-out.
With support from YCF’s (Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s) Kendal James and Mac, plus valuable publicity in this and other local publications, around 25 people were set to play their first game on 26th March 2020. Sadly, the pandemic intervened.
However, the good news is that lifting of certain restrictions on 29th March allowed the first match to take place outdoors on Friday 16th April at Parkgate Astro which, thanks to Rotherham United Community Trust, has agreed a reduced rate, charged on a pay-as-you-play arrangement. Match fee is £3.50. Equipment is provided by YCF and games are played under a strict COVID-safe procedures.
Since demand exceeded numbers allowed, two groups have been formed, each playing between 10.00am and 12.00pm on alternate Fridays. If all goes to plan, a Rotherham u3a team will compete with four other Yorkshire u3a teams for the annual YCF Shield.
New players are very welcome but, for safety reasons, please don’t turn up before contacting Tricia Macredie on 01709 370899 for full joining details.