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Liklik Kriket Stars of the Future

The future of any venture always rests on the next generation.

And for the youngsters to start off on the right foot, they need the support of their parents.
In Southside, cricket is the life of children in Motu-Koitabu villages.

At Kirakira last weekend, young up and coming cricket player Stannis Logan Sion decided to share his birthday cake with his Ogoniva juniors on Remembrance Day.

With the Ogoniva war cry – Ogo Igi Ogo, Niva – ringing in their ears, the cake was hit for a six in no time as the fieldsmen scrambled for the crumbs.

With their senior team in good shape, the junior Ogos were upbeat as they later watch Ogoniva humble Butuka by 5 wickets.

Kirakira has an active Liklik Kriket program where little ones learn the very basics of batting, bowling and teamwork.

Liklik Kriket is becoming very popular in schools around the National Capital District and Central Province.

Many of the country’s current Barramundi national cricket team members and Under 21 players emerged from the liklik kriket pathway.

Sports administrator Stannis ‘Shark’ Sion said while their senior team Ogo is doing fine, they must also put an effort into encouraging their children into developing their understanding of the game.

“Cricket is an international phenomenon,” Sion said. “Right now, there are test matches in the Ashes series, and at home where have the EAP World T20 qualifiers right here in Port Moresby.

“Some of our boys from Kirakira competition are playing in that qualifying tournament.”

He said this should be an inspiration for all kids who love sports and aspire to one day be a cricket rep player.