ALMOST a half-century of youngsters came together in Redditch for a day of street cricket as the countywide ‘Wicketz’ programme rolled through the town.
49 participants in eight teams across two age groups competed last month, in the car park of Heart of Worcestershire College Redditch just off Church Green.
The juniors trophy went to Cookhill Cricket Club, and Redditch Central Mosque won the seniors. They were joined by teams from Redditch United Football Club and Redditch Wicketz.
Cpun Pat Witherspoon, Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “We’re delighted to bring people together in the community for a game of street cricket. Well done to the victorious Cookhill and mosque teams.”
At the event on August 21 the young cricketers had the opportunity to listen to motivational speaker Cameron Parker about the value of sport and education, and have some lunch and a goody bag too.
Insp. Mark Chapell of West Mercia Police added: “This came about as part of long term work across various local agencies to provide positive activities for young people in Redditch, and help to build relationships across the community particularly the town centre. We’re pleased it was such a success.”
Wicketz in Redditch is part of a wider programme started in 2016 by Worcestershire Cricket Board Ltd and funded by Lord’s Taverners plus money generated through ‘Worcestershire Street Sixes’, a 24-team corporate tournament held in Worcester.
Harry Kitchen, Wicketz Development Officer, said: “It’s a good first year to build on as we hope to make Wicketz a yearly event celebrating cricket in Redditch. Great to see the community coming together through cricket.”
The event was held and supported by a partnership of Redditch Borough Council, West Mercia Police, The Redditch Town Centre Partnership, Worcestershire Cricket Board Ltd, Redditch Utd FC, Heart of Worcestershire College, Worcestershire Ambassadors, and Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire.