Cricket grant scheme for all

The next generation of budding cricketers in Queenstown is being encouraged to apply for a share of a $100,000 national grant as part of the ANZ Cricket Grant Scheme.

Clubs, schools, individuals and teams, young and old, can apply for anything from bats, stumps and helmets to scoreboards and pitch resurfacing grants by explaining why they were deserving and how they would benefit. All ages and levels of cricket skill are catered for, with backyard cricket sets, uniforms, gear and bespoke grants also available.

The scheme was aimed at helping cricket grow at a community level.

ANZ head of sponsorship Sue McGregor said the scheme had been established to support ''our nation's love of cricket'' and help people get more from the game they loved - be that playing at the beach or at a competitive level.

''If your school or club needs a new set of gear or you're a fan that really wants to see an ANZ International Series match, we encourage you to apply so ANZ can help as many people as possible enjoy cricket this summer.''

Applications are open until March 12 and can be completed online.