Six talented cricket teams have travelled long distances to compete this week on the world famous oval where a young Don Bradman honed his cricket skills as a 14-year-old.
Now in its 20th year, the Bradman Foundation is proudly hosting the Under 14 Invitational Carnival again, which kicked off on Sunday afternoon on Bradman Oval.
The gusty winds did nothing to blow away any enthusiasm or skill the young players displayed on the field, with Dubbo taking on Crookwell/Goulburn.
At stumps Dubbo (2-191) defeated Crookwell/Goulburn (2-191).
Other teams in the competition include Bathurst, Lachlan, Hornsby, Wagga Wagga, our very own Highlands players and All Stars, a combined team made up daily of twelfth man players from the seven participating sides.
Each coach rotates players to ensure the comradery, diversity and fellowship of cricket.
The annual carnival is a great opportunity for young cricketers to display their talents on the field, learn about the game’s rich heritage at the Bradman Museum and the honour of walking in Sir Donald Bradman’s footsteps.
Taufel presented all young carnival players with a bespoke Bradman certificate, citing the Marylebone Cricket Club Preamble to the Laws - The Spirit of Cricket.
Taufel was one of Australia’s most respected umpires and named the ICC’s Umpire of the Year for five consecutive years, from 2004 to 2008.
An extract from The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket includes the text ‘play hard and play fair, show self-discipline, even when things go against you, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy those of your own team.’
The young players will have a visual reminder of the laws of cricket by MCC, of what the Spirit of Cricket means, something which in the current milieu the Bradman Foundation believes in – to uphold and teach all future players.