FLOODLIT junior cricket has arrived in the Bristol area and appears to be here to stay after a hugely successful under-11 encounter between Twyford House and Stoke Bishop at the Gloucestershire Football Association’s Almondsbury headquarters.
Twyford’s John Harvey came up with the idea of organising what is thought to be the first junior games to be played under lights in the county and possibly even the country.
He initially booked the venue for three successive Friday night matches, but so many sides expressed an interest in the venture that he has now scheduled a total of eight games through to the end of November.
John, who is keen to provide as much cricket as possible to keep youngsters interested after a covid-interrupted summer, said: “The first match went better than we dared hope.
“I’m not sure I’ve ever checked the weather forecast so many times and I must admit I was thinking ‘here we go’ when we had some rain about 20 minutes before the start!
“Luckily, it blew through pretty quickly and although it was a bit fresh, everyone was keen to get out there and get on with it, and the game was played in an excellent spirit with Stoke Bishop winning by about 40 runs.”
A roll-out mat in the centre circle served as the wicket while a pink ball was easily picked up under the excellent football lights with flashing bails adding to the occasion.
John added: “I honestly don’t think we had any issues at all, but we’ll probably look at providing hot chocolate to the youngsters between innings in the other games we have coming up!”
Donations from spectators at the gate for the first game went to the charity Gympanzees while St Peter’s Hospice will benefit from the next two matches.
Twyford are looking for opponents on November 20, any club interested in playing that night or in the future can contact John on 07906 598773.