In the last week we’ve seen a range of stories in the media about the great work of players, fans, and administrators who keep cricket going at the game’s grassroots. In case you missed anything, we’ve rounded up the best stories for you here.
Ben Harris’ Cricket Tournament
This is a great story from the BLACKCAPS and ONE News about Ben Harris, a cricket fan from the small town of Pahiatua. Ben was so inspired by the BLACKCAPS run at the 2015 World Cup that he started his own tournament to get cricket going in his community. Thanks to the BLACKCAPS, he got to meet his hero.
The Fiery Fred moniker sits most famously with England’s legendary fast bowler, Fred Trueman. But New Zealand has its own Fiery Fred in the form of Jean Ruddenklau, a stalwart of Canterbury Cricket who has documented her 60 year involvement with the sport. Outside of cricket, Jean’s involvement in the community is incredible, a real inspiration.
Megan Graham was recently announced as the first female life member of the Hawke’s Bay Cricket Association, and the first thing she did was acknowledge all the other ladies who haven’t had the same recognition. Amongst all her volunteer work in cricket, Megan also represented Central Districts 85 times in her playing career.
The Northern Spirit
The players in New Zealand’s womens’ domestic cricket sides balance their passion for the game with work, study and everything else in their lives. Kendall Forbes spends some time with the Northern Spirit team in this clip.
Have you seen or heard any great grassroots stories lately? Let us know what’s happening below.