Elliot Mizzen batting for Ipplepen in the festival

AROUND 100 young cricketers from across South Devon enjoyed a morning of inter-club matches as the Wollen Michelmore South Devon Youth Cricket League staged its first Kwik Cricket festival of the season.

Austin Blee comes in to bowlThe festivals  - started in 2016 - promote enjoyment and learning through playing. Teams of six players compete in a series of short-format matches over the course of a morning, with every player getting to bat, bowl and keep wicket in each game.

A total of 12 teams took part in the festival, which ended up being staged at Ipplepen CC after scheduled hosts, Shaldon found their ground waterlogged by heavy rain.

Ipplepen contributed four teams whilst Bovey Tracey and Chagford both entered two teams.

The remaining teams came from Chelston &  Kingskerswell, Shaldon Optimists, Kingsbridge and Paignton.

At the end of the festival, each team manager selected a star player and those children will receive individual trophies at the league's end-of-season presentation night in November.

Four more festivals are scheduled through the summer.