GALLERY: Cricket program is a winner

OVER the summer Bendigo participants have enjoyed playing a modified version of cricket. 

Scope has developed a version of cricket that enables people with a physical disability to play the game. 

The new form of cricket is played using a mechanical bat and a bowling mechanism operated by a switch. 

Scope Loddon and Mallee customer and service delivery manager manager Mary Sullivan said it was the first time the program had run in Bendigo. 

"Over winter we play balloon football and we didn't have anything planned for over summer," she said. 

"Then people started playing balloon cricket in Melbourne so we decided to bring it to Bendigo."

Sullivan said the program, in its first year was a chance for participants to build up their skills. 

About 20 people have taken part in the program which has run weekly since the middle of January. 

"It has been a bit of an experiment in terms of learning how to use the equipment," Sullivan said. 

Next Tuesday Scope is holding a come and try day for people interested in wanting to play balloon football. 

Sullivan said it will also be a registration day for anyone interested in signing up to play. 

It will be held at the Eaglehawk YMCA between 10am and noon. 

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