Australia’s youngest international cricketers have taken to the court as the inaugural World Indoor Cricket Federation Junior World Series commenced in Johannesburg, South Africa overnight.
The week long tournament includes teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Australians is represented in four divisions, 12 and under boys, 14 and under boys, 16 and under boys and 16 and under girls. All teams ended day one undefeated.
The 16 and under boys had the campaign off to a flying start, beating the Indoor Cricket South African (ICSA) side 134 to 25.
Later in the evening, they followed up with 164 to 107 defeat of the fancied South African Indoor Cricket Federation (SAICF) team.
The 16 and under girls had little difficulty in disposing of SAICF with a clinical 124 to 31 win.
Equally impressive were the 14 and under boys who opened their tournament with a 121 to 60 victory over New Zealand.
In the youngest division, Australia’s 12 and under boys withstood some early nerves to win their first match 116 to 58 against New Zealand.
They were more impressive in their later game against SAICF, dominating from the outset, setting up a convincing 134 to 38 victory.
Australia has been the benchmark nation in Indoor cricket since the first senior World Cup held in England in 1995 and holds all international titles.
To follow the efforts of our young champions as they endeavour to uphold the tradition please visit: http://www.worldindoorcricketfederation.com
Games continue tomorrow with key pool matches and continue throughout the week. Finals will be held on Saturday 6th October.
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First Posted 02 October, 2012 9:17AM AEST