Want to Play
1. What Junior Cricket is
played in our district and which one for my child/me?
2. Introductory and Non
2.1 Woolworths Junior Blaster
2.2 Woolworths Master Blaster
3 Competition Cricket:
3.1 Mixed [Boys and Girls] Competition
3.2 Representative Cricket
3.3 In which age group am I?
Cricket League – Girls Only Cricket
4.1 Sydney Sixers League
4.2 When do the girls play?
4.3 Girls Representative
5. General Information:
5.1 What uniforms/gear
do I need to provide?
5.2 How much does it
5.3 Can Parents/Others
5.4 Want to sign up?
1. What Cricket is Played
in Our District and which One for My Child/Me?
This season Mortdale Heights will again be involved with:
Running Woolworths Junior
Blasters and Woolworths Master Blasters Programs;
teams in both Mixed
(boys and girls) Competition and Non-Competition;
Girls Only Cricket.
2. Introductory and Non Competition
Woolworths Junior Blasters:
This is an introductory form of cricket designed for boys and girls aged
between 5-7 who are playing cricket for the first time. For many seasons it was
known as Milo In2Cricket
The structure of Junior Blasters is a series of fun games and activities
aimed at teaching children the basic skills. Generally this programme runs for
10weeks from early Oct-December.
Not all clubs run Junior Blasters, but our Association also runs a
combined one which caters for all.
Mortdale Heights Junior Blasters is run in conjunction with two other
Clubs - Illawarra Catholic CC and St Jospehs Riverwood CC on a weekday - Monday
4:30 - 5:30 - starting after school holidays in October and run through to mid
Location is Gannons Park, Lugarno/Peakhurst.
The St George Association Junior Blasters program is on Saturday
mornings 8:00 - 9:30. Starting date is usually mid September and runs through
Location is Hurstville Oval.
Woolworths Masters Blasters:
Master Blasters is the next level from the Junior Blasters program,
however many ‘older’ girls and boys use this form as an introduction to
As for Junior Blasters, the focus is on children having fun while they
learn and develop the basic skills of cricket.
The format for Master Blasters is for teams to participate in weekly modified
cricket matches played to special rules to ensure maximum enjoyment and
protective gear (such as helmets, pads) is required.
of 16 overs each side, with one game played each day.
length pitch (20 metres) is not used. The pitch length is reduced to approx. 15
ball - similar to the In2 ball - is used in place of the regular harder rubber/leather
cricket ball. Plastic bats are used.
have a maximum of 8 players per team.
rules are in place to ensure that each player gets an equal opportunity and
time to bat, bowl and wicket-keep.
batting, batters bat in 'pairs' for 4 overs each pair. If a batsman is
dismissed, then he/she does not cease batting, but continues until the 4 over
limit is reached.
Blasters programs run for 1.5 hrs each week and this season will be either held
during the Saturday mornings 8:30 - 10:00 which day/s yet to be confirmed].
are held at the one location each week [Penshurst Park for 2018]].
the program there is special entertainment provided and players who are
"idle" (i.e. waiting to bat) participate in specialised Skills
Training exercises to help them develop and keep them involved.
no restriction on age for Master Blasters
3. Competition Cricket
3.1 Mixed [Boys and Girls] Competition
upcoming 2018/19 season, Competition Cricket is played in our District in Age
Divisions - Under 10; 11; 13; 15 and 17. Each of these divisions is split
into Grades A, B, C depending upon skill levels of participants and number of
teams registering in each age group.
games are played as one-day games, Saturday mornings. Both teams get to bat and
bowl on the one day.
age groups (especially in each 'A' grade) games may be played as two-day
matches. One team bats the first Saturday, the other on the second.
Special rules are in place to ensure that each player has the
opportunity to participate in all aspects of the game.
Most competition cricket matches start on the first Saturday of
September and run 'til end March. The exception will be Under 10s which will
commence in October, after the school holidays. There are no games held during school
Starting time is 8:30 and finishing times vary according to age group as
each age plays to different maximum overs - e.g. Under 10s and U11s play to 20
overs each. U13s play 30 overs each.
With the exception of Under 10s, which is "non-competition", Semi-finals,
Finals are played on completion of the preliminary rounds, with finals being
concluded by end March the following year.
Our Association also fields teams on behalf of St George Cricket in
Representative (boys and girls) competitions against other Districts.
Players for these teams are selected from trials held early in
All Mortdale Heights players are advised of these trials prior
to the starting date.
Representative games are played on Sundays and last the full day.
Trial and competition games start in October, with finals played
In which age group am I?
The “cut-off” date for each age group
is 31st August.
turn 8 on or before this date, then you are in the Under 10s.
turn 10 on or before this date, you are in the Under 11s. And so on.
The exception is for girls playing in the mixed Saturday morning
competitions. Girls are allowed to play one grade below their age group. For
example, a 13 year old girl may play in Under 11s.
4. Girls Cricket League –
Girls Only Cricket
Girls Cricket League is cricket for those girls who wish to play the
game, but not in the "mixed" format of boys and girls.
This is the first level of entry for girls wishing to play competition
At time of writing, the rules for league games are under review, but a
good guideline is:
leather ball is used and protective gear must be worn
9 players in a team.
played in 20/20 cricket format:-
bats for 16 overs.
as much individual involvement as possible, bowlers are restricted as to how
many overs they may bowl, and every player must bowl.
must retire at certain points of the game.
on number of participants, there are three grades/age groups within the Sixers
Players must be under the age of 13 as at midnight on 31st August of the year
the season commences.
Players must be under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August of the year
the season commences.
4.1 When do the girls play?
There are two competitions:
Spring - starting in October through to December;
Summer - starting in February through to end March.
Matches are played on Saturday afternoons. The hours of play are 2:00 –
4.2 Girls Representative Cricket:
Currently Girls representative Competitions are under review, but to
Our Division also fields teams in Representative Competitions
during the summer school holidays.
These competitions (the Molly Dive [Under 13] and Margret Peden [Under
15]) are 20/20 competitions between teams from Cricket Associations throughout
the state and are played on Sundays from late October to mid December.
Teams are selected after a series of trials and all Mortdale Heights
players are advised of these trials prior to the starting date.
5 General Information
uniforms/gear do I need to provide?
Players must wear predominantly white
clothing. This means predominantly white shoes, white socks, white shorts/trousers,
T-Shirt - although approved coloured shirts for the girls teams especially may
For first time Mortdale Heights players our club provides a club playing shirt and cap once the season
We recommend gear be purchased from Kingsgrove Sports Centre. They have
very competitive prices and provide excellent professional advice.
For hygiene reasons, it is strongly recommended that each child has
his/her own “protector” with name written on it.
How much does it cost?
Fees for our club vary each year and are detailed in the Registration
Form. Thanks to the generous support of the St George Masos Club, Mortdale
we are able to keep our fees to a minimum, and are among the cheapest in the
Any assistance is most welcome. We are always looking for coaches, team
managers, and scorers.
Please contact the
club, or your coach if you are willing to help.
We provide assistance with coach/manager training.
In recognition for their efforts, Mortdale Heights does not charge
registration fees for any coach’s children, nor for junior’s coaches playing
to sign up?
As per Cricket NSW requirements, all registrations to Mortdale Heights
must be done on-line.
If you are in our Club website and reading this, click on HOW TO REGISTER on the MENU BAR select the appropriate format Registration Form for full instructions.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES
WHICH MAY BE BEYOND OUR CONTROL
(e.g. Insufficient/too many players to form a team) On-Line Registration with Mortdale
Heights DOES NOT guarantee that a
position in a team is available.
STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU CHECK WITH OUR CLUB PRIOR TO REGISTERING.
I hope your season with our club is an
enjoyable one. Should you have any further enquiries, please
contact me and we’ll be happy to help.
M.H.C.C. (firstname.lastname@example.org; 9594-5781 /