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Kwik cricket history

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Kwik cricket is a fast moving game that is based upon the rules and the skills of full size cricket. All of the rules of kwik cricket have been adapted from the full size game but, unlike cricket, kwik cricket can be played on any surface and on any size of playing area.

 

Kwik cricket can be played by any number between 2 to 32 players, and the game adapted to any playing environment. Simple games of kwik cricket can be played by children as young as five years old but kwik cricket can also be adapted for play between friends and family who want the fun of playing cricket without the hassle!

The equipment necessary to play kwik cricket include, plastic cricket bats, 2 sets of stumps, wicket keeper helmet, plastic ball and 20 plastic cones that can be used to mark boundaries of the game or indicate correct bowling line

 

There are different games that can be played under the name of kwik cricket, such as Kwik cricket pairs, the Lords game and Continuous Kwik cricket. All these games rely upon using cricket skills in a safe and fun setting.

 

Kwik cricket was first launched in England and Wales in 1988 by both the English and the Welsh cricket board, in order to develop cricketing skills and make the game of cricket more accessible to younger players, especially girls. The game of Kwik cricket is mainly targeted at children aged between five and eleven as an enjoyable game with the future of cricket in mind.

 

Kwik cricket was already being played in Australia in the 1980s where it is known as kanga cricket, and also in New Zealand where it is called Kiwi cricket. The game is sponsored in both countries by Milo – the malt drink company, who run national leagues and competitions. Following this trend for company involvement, Kwik cricket really took off in the UK in 2006 when the supermarket chain Asda became involved with the English Cricket Board (ECB), as a sponsor for the game.

Since Asda’s involvement, the number of children playing kwik cricket has greatly increased. Advice for teachers and parents or leaders of clubs, such as the cubs and brownies, who wish to play kwik cricket or host competitions, is freely available and Kwik cricket is currently being played at 8000 primary schools and at 4500 out of 6000 ECB affiliated cricket clubs.

 

Asda and the ECB have bought in a kwik cricket awards scheme for cricket skills in bronze, silver and gold, awarding the cricket skills of throwing, catching, bowling and striking to fit in with key stage 1 and 2 of the national curriculum.

 

County cricketing boards, such as the Kent County Cricket board support kwik cricket at a local level and organise competitions and local kwik cricket clubs, and English cricket team players have been promoting kwik cricket at all levels. Stuart Broad is currently the Asda kwik cricket ambassador, and he and other England team mates have spoken of playing kwik cricket as a child as being their first cricketing experience. The England team members have promoted Kwik cricket by meeting and encouraging many young kwik cricket players.

The biggest kwik cricket competition in the UK is the Asda kwik cricket tournament, a national competition played over summer at local level and leading to county finals and then overall to being the national champions.

 

Kwik cricket is a fun and easy game to play and perhaps the recently improved performances of the English national team is down to playing kwik cricket at an early age. The ECB take kwik cricket seriously and see this early exposure to the game as being the future of cricket. Whether or not there is a future England cricket player in your midst, kwik cricket is a rapidly growing game that can be enjoyed and played by all the family.