2012 Gabba Sports Twenty20 Cricket Competitions

Girls’ competition gets a start in Schools’Twenty20 cricket.
The girls are starting to muscle their way in on the boys for the Gabba Sports Schools’ Twenty20 cricket competitions.
The competitions which, are conducted by the Northern NSW branch of the Lord’s Taverners is now embracing a girls’ competition. This year, in addition to the Adam Gilchrist Shield and Matthew Phelps Shield, there will be a Lyn Larsen Shield.
Lyn is the most notable female cricketer to come from the Northern Rivers region, having captained the Australian women’s team. Chairman of the Lord’s Taverners Stan Gilchrist said “We had been asked by some teachers to consider starting a girls’ competition. We have received a number of nominations to date and feel that this could be the beginning of an annual girls’ competition. We asked Lyn if she would lend her name to the competition and she replied that she was honoured.”
This year will again see about 330 school kids participating in the competition across the Far North Coast region.
Tournament coordinator Neil Moreton said “The competition will take place at venues in Casino, Lismore (2 grounds) and in the Tweed. This year we are introducing the white ball the same as they play with in the professional ranks."
Neil added “We have one new school this year in Woodenbong Central School. Normally these kids would not get the opportunity to play cricket so we hope that they enjoy the competition”. Neil went on to say “Given the numbers of kids involved this is also a good opportunity for local cricket clubs to sign up new players to play in the coming season."
The competitions have received combined nominations of 26 teams coming from 13 different schools. The first round gets underway on 15th August with semi-finals & finals to be played in the weeks thereafter. All teams can be combined boys and girls, apart from the schools that have nominated girls’ teams for the Lyn Larsen Shield.