‘Wee Warriors’ strut their stuff at Ebrington

Children take part in the McDonald's Legenderry Mini Cricket Festival at Ebrington Square. (2806PG61)
Children take part in the McDonald's Legenderry Mini Cricket Festival at Ebrington Square. (2806PG61)
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Ebrington Square was the unusual but high profile setting for the North West’s most recent sporting innovation, a Kwik-cricket competition for the under-10’s from around the region.

Around 80 players took part in the event which was sponsored by McDonald’s, the fast food chain giving out free drinks, fruit bags and in-store vouchers to the grateful participants.

The Square was split into 4 “pitches” with four games going on at a time in order to get the tournament completed. A big crowd of parents and family members were joined later in the evening by some of those who had been involved in the GAA event earlier in the day as cricket welcomed a new avenue of interest.

The final of the competition itself was a shoot-out between neighbours Donemana and Killyclooney and was won by Donemana but the event was widely received as a huge success by both participants and organisers. All involved were given North West Warriors tee-shirts as Development Officer Brian Allen and his team look to uncover the next generation of cricketers throughout the region.

The next tournament will take place on Sunday 21 July and is set to be much bigger as it coincides with the Warriors Interprovincial T20 day at Bready. Further details of that will be available in the run up to the event but those looking to participate should contact brian.allen@cricketireland.ie as soon as possible to ensure inclusion.