CrickFest saw 22 cricket teams participate in this year’s festival which took place at Eastbourne College and Haileybury in August.
Now in its 11th year, the festival included U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s age categories. Along with a variety of formats to provide a development experience for players, it also featured a T10 game at Haileybury’s Pavilion Pitch with batters welcomed onto the pitch to music. Further highlights included several debut centuries and 50’s.
Kent U12s Coach, Damon Trigger commented, “The facilities are great – at County level for the U12s we’re all about development. Players need to be flexible and they need to adapt because that’s the way the modern game is going.”
According to Rob Ferley, Tournament Director, “Players can come here and practice all formats and gain experience in different environments. We also give coaches the freedom to tweak arrangements along the way. For example, if a side wins early and both want to continue play, we accommodate that. It’s all about facilitating the needs of the players and their coaches.”
CrickFest has become popular for its friendly atmosphere and focus on experience and development. The teams benefit from a comprehensive package too, with fully catered accommodation at the venue of their tournament and varied options for downtime activities. Teams are able to participate for one day only.
This year, alongside other sports and off-pitch activities, many players took time to relax over the Ashes highlights after play. To find out more about the 2020 Festival, please contact our team here by email.
CrickFest 2019 Entrants:
- Sussex A & B
- Bucks A & B
- London Schools Cricket Association
- London Schools A&B
- London Schools
- London Schools