In many sporting codes the transition from junior to senior division can be challenging, particularly in the summer where there are so many diversions such as beach and water activities.
For many years this was a major issue for the Nelson Bay Senior Cricket Club, however, the shorter form of the game has cricket enthusiasts dusting off their whites, or club colours, to sign up.
For the first time in City & Suburban competition history, Nelson Bay last season fielded two A-grade sides and entered four teams in total.
The Bay club was also named Newcastle City Suburban Cricket Association Club of the Year for season 2016-2017.
Senior club secretary Jeff Simms said there was renewed interest in cricket since the limited overs concept was adopted at the higher level of the game.
“All games in the Newcastle C&S comp are one day games consisting of 35-40 overs per side on a Saturday afternoon, which gives busy people enough time to plan the remainder of their weekends,” Simms said.
“We are looking for players for this season to fill all grades and because they are one day games you don’t have to commit to play every single week.”
Soldiers Point’s Bryce Causley, aged 24, said he has cricket in his veins, having played each summer since the age of eight.
“I couldn’t imagine a summer without cricket. I started with Nelson Bay juniors and moved into the sejniors about six years ago,” Causley, the club registrar, said.
“My passion for the game seems to grow by the year … I think I will be padding up form many years to come.”
The 2018/19 season commences in October and finishes in April.