U3A Makes Cricket History

Barnsley U3A has set up a Walking Cricket group – the first of its kind in Yorkshire.

“We had a very successful start to our first U3A Walking Cricket group. It has been so popular with so many members, we’ve had to set up two groups! We are very fortunate in being able to hire an indoor hall for the winter, and external astro-turf pitch for the summer.

“We think this may be a little bit of history, as it is in fact the very first known Walking Cricket match played in Yorkshire”. We are grateful to the Yorkshire Cricket Board and to Gareth Davis Cricket Development Manager, and Darren Talbot MD. of Twenty/20 Community Cricket in Surrey in particular for their support in this venture.

“Walking Cricket involves a team of six players (three pairs) who start on 200 runs. Everything is walking including the ‘runs’ and the fielding.   You can also win and lose runs for example if you are out, your team loses five points but you stay on for four overs (six balls per over).  To balance this a Bowler who bowls a ‘wide’ has points added on. A match lasts approximately two hours.

Barnsley U3A, part of a Nationwide organisation for people who are retired from full time employment and who wish to join with others to have fun in social activities with the potential to learn new skills and gain new experiences and get more out of life.

Most towns and cities have a U3A and Barnsley U3A alone has an unbelievable over 1000 members, holding over 100 different groups on a regular basis, which include things like walking football and walking groups amongst many others”

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