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Published February 6th 2020
Can you still be run out in walking cricket?
It may not quite have the pace and excitement of the Ashes or the T20 tournaments around the world, but people over the age of 50 are still being encouraged to get active by taking on a more gentler version of the sport. Both men and women who have chalked up at least a half-century of years are being urged to sign up for walking cricket sessions at Burntwood in Staffordshire. A local walking cricket group is on the hunt for more members to join them at their regular Thursday sessions. The slower-paced, indoor format of the game is held at Burntwood Leisure Centre, in Burntwood, near Lichfield. The sessions, which are held between 3.30pm and 5pm on Thursdays, are seen as a great way for older people to remain involved in the game and meet new people while staying active.
The sessions are run in partnership with Staffordshire Cricket and are part of Lichfield District Council's Active Lichfield activities to improve wellbeing. Jamie Dodd, Lichfield District Council's Health & Wellbeing Activator, said: "We know from our players that walking cricket is a fun way to stay active and meet new people. This is why we are trying to drive up interest so more people will join us and get the benefit of the game. Our aim is to have enough players to put a team together so we can take on local teams." Sessions cost £2.50 a time and there is no need to book ahead. To find out more about Lichfield District Council's Active Lichfield sessions, visit www.activelichfield.co.uk