See future cricket stars in action

PUBLISHED: 14:01 15 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

The sound of leather on willow is one of the most evocative noises of the British summer and will be echoing throughout Ely next Tuesday (19th June) at the East Cambridgeshire Kwik Cricket World Cup Festival. The tournament will consist of teams from pri

The sound of leather on willow is one of the most evocative noises of the British summer and will be echoing throughout Ely next Tuesday (19th June) at the East Cambridgeshire Kwik Cricket World Cup Festival.

The tournament will consist of teams from primary schools from across the district who will each be assigned a name of a country for the day to make it a proper world cup.

With group games, semi finals and then a grand final, the day aims to raise the profile of cricket as well as create a fun competition on the field by the Paradise Centre in Ely.

Stewart Turner, Community Cricket Coach at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the country with many people of all ages playing the game on parks and pitches all over the District. We want to encourage more children to take up the game to become the next Kevin Pietersen, Monty Panesar or Michael Vaughan which is why we have organised next week's world cup.

"Kwik Cricket is specifically designed for children aged five and upwards to get to grips with the game. As well as encouraging skills and exercise, Kwik Cricket promotes fair play and is a fun competition where children from both sexes can compete on a level playing field. I am really looking forward to the day and you never know the next cricketing super star could be taking their first tentative steps to stardom next week."

If anyone would like any further information on playing sports in East Cambridgeshire please contact the Sports and Leisure team on 01353 665555.

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