England One-day and T20I captain Eoin Morgan attended the very first Chance to Shine Street National Finals Day in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 26 July. Morgan cheered on as the Street cricketers competed in the U12 and U15 competitions at the event supported by NatWest.
Teams from all across the country including Manchester, London, Nottingham and Leicester competed to be crowned Chance to Shine Street National Champions. The titles were claimed in the U12 competition by the Manchester Lightning and in the U15 by the Middlesex Mavericks.
Eoin spoke to the Street cricketers about his own career, experiences playing in the IPL and the England’s recent Champions Trophy campaign. He then led a batting masterclass, demonstrating the trademark innovative strokes that have made him one of the most dangerous batsman in the world and passing on some valuable tips to the next generation.
Speaking at the event Eoin said “It’s great to be with Chance to Shine and NatWest, seeing some hugely talented young cricketers and being able to give them some advice and seeing how they take to the tapeball format.
“Chance to Shine are doing some unbelievable work bringing the sport to children from different backgrounds and communities and showing that cricket truly has no boundaries.”
Haris, aged 11, was part the Dewsbury Dynamos – the runners up in the U12 competition – he said “Meeting the England captain was amazing, it was such a great experience. I love playing Street cricket with my friends and then coming to competitions like this gives us a chance to show what we learnt. It’s been such a fun day and I just love playing cricket”
Fast, fun and free, Street cricket is helping to change the image of the game among young people. Chance to Shine Street uses a tape-ball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – so games can be played on hard courts in leisure centres and caged areas around housing estates or community parks.
Eoin was attending the event as part of NatWest’s Cricket has no boundaries campaign, a bold campaign that captures the diversity and breadth of modern cricket in the UK, supports the ECB’s aim for a game for everyone and mirrors the bank’s own commitment to fairness and inclusion. NatWest recently became the first official Charity Partner of Chance to Shine.
NatWest have partnered with Chance to Shine as part of their #NoBoundaries campaign, championing diversity and inclusion in cricket natwest.com/cricket