IT'S not quite cricket season for the senior grades yet but last Thursday more than 100 schoolkids got out to wield the willow.
Naracoorte's Wortley Oval hosted the local round of the T20 Blast School Cup, with 10 boys teams and nine girls teams Years 6-7 competing in the eight a side modified game.
Country Cricket Development Officer for the SE Shelley Nitschke - a former international cricketer for Australia - said she was happy with the turnout of schools from around the region.
"It was good I think," she said. "I was happy with the attendance, we only had a couple pull out at the last minute.
"It was good to see some of the girls especially having a go."
The winners of last Thursday's boys and girls draws go to a finals carnival in Adelaide - possibly at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.
This was the first year the competition was held Statewide and it is expected to be an annual event.
In other local junior cricket news, Milo In2Cricket is on again in Naracoorte and Bordertown, starting October 29.
On the same day a Twenty20 competition is being started in Naracoorte and Bordertown for Years 2-3 as a bridge between In2Cricket and the primary school competition for the older grades.
Contact Shelley on 0447 081 634 for information.
In Naracoorte an under 16s eight a side Twenty20 competition is in the works to be held on Wednesday evenings - contact Shelley or Kieron Hicks at Naracoorte High School for more information.