Over 80 kids took over Nukupure Park in Muri on Monday for the start of the free junior cricket programme for boys and girls under 13.
Each child received a free bat when they turned out on Monday and by yesterday it was an extension of their arm as they swung into the cricket fun.
Cooks cricket volunteers and supporters were out in force to coach and inspire the future stars of cricket.
In between structured batting and bowling skill drills, kids were free to play their own bowling and batting games amongst themselves while the older players set up mini pitches for fun and fast-paced games with lots of cheering and advice ringing across the field.
Cooks cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic was impressed with the turnout of children and even more so with the skills seen among some of the youngsters who were all eager to show off their talent.
During breaks, tamariki clung on to their free bat and with every child receiving one, there was a sense of equality at Nukupure Park where no youngster missed out on the fun.
The free and fun programme will continue up until Thursday so if you can’t drive the kids out to Muri, there is a free bus running to pick up and drop them off.
Check out the bus timetable on page 10 and get your kids into the cricketing fun.