WIDE-eyed young cricketers from Newstead were bowled over when given the chance to showcase their talents on the big stage at Trent Bridge, home of Notts CCC.
The under-11s from the Newstead and Underwood Junior Cricket Club played an exhibition of kwik cricket at the famous Test ground last Saturday.
The youngsters formed part of the entertainment for the crowd ahead of Notts’s Friends Life Twenty20 Northern Group match against the Warwickshire Bears.
Of the 12 boys who made the trip to Trent Bridge, six live in Newstead and go to Newstead Primary School.
They are 11-year-olds Morgan Richardson and Jack Sylvester-Dymock, and ten-year-olds Jo Clifton, Aron Haywood, Jack Cook and Jason Talbot.
Eight of the squad got the chance to play in the showcase matches against other junior clubs on the Trent Bridge outfield.
While six of the squad were given the opportunity to be mascots and formed a guard of honour with flags when Notts and Warwickshire took to the field.
The Newstead group were accompanied by coaches Mick Evans, Keith Bowker and Harry Dalton.
Notts went on to win the Twenty20 contest by ten runs to surgle clear at the top of their group. They smashed 173 for six in their allotted 20 overs, with Alex Hales hitting a swashbuckling 67.
Tracey Cook, who is Jack Cook’s mum, is involved with the Newstead club and the village school.
She said: “It was a real honour for the players to be invited to play at Trent Bridge.
“It gave them a proper insight and the chance to play on a famous ground. They really enjoyed themselves and we can’t thank Notts CCC enough.
“The Newstead club has its roots in the village but officials say that the under-11s have more Newstead-based players than any other side in the last 30 years.”
It is hoped that the Newstead club will continue to work with Notts as part of their ambitions to promote grassroots cricket throughout the county.
Kwik cricket is a high-speed version of the full game and is aimed at encouraging children to take up the sport.