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The winners of last year's NatWest speed star challenge
Last year's winners parade their medals and prizes

Reckon you're as hostile as Harmison? Or maybe you're mates think you're as swift as Shoaib.

If so, it's time to put your pace to the test with the NatWest Speed Stars competition!

It's open to everyone under the age of 18 and all you have to do is bowl as fast as you can - the speedgun will do all the sciencey stuff.

You can test yourself against your mates because every single person who takes part in the competition will have their fastest ball published on the NatWest website!

Yorkshire captain Craig White will be on hand at the Leeds Mela on Sunday 1 August to pass on his fast bowling tips.

So if you're around Leeds on Sunday, get yourself down to Roundhay Park.

The four fastest bowlers in the boys and girls under-12s, under-15s and under-18 sections will win a place at the Speed Stars final on 5 September at Lord's.

But before the final, they'll get coaching from a top England player at the ECB's awesome Academy in Loughborough.

And there's more. The fastest bowler from each category will win a signed bat and a medal.

If this hasn't got you lot pacing your run-ups to the sightscreen, then nothing will!

Come and have a bowl if you think you're fast enough!

The NatWest Speed Stars dates:


Sunday 1
12pm - 8pm - Leeds Mela, Leeds

Sunday 15
10-6pm - London Mela 2004 Gunnersbury, London

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Did you know?
Batsmen facing Shoaib Akhtar have less than 0.5 seconds to react once the ball pitches

Record breaker?
Shoaib bowled the fastest ball in Test cricket when he registered 100.4mph (161kph) on the speed gun against New Zealand in Lahore in April 2002
But it's not internationally recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a record because there is no official technology in place to acknowledge the feat

:: England and Wales Cricket Board
:: NatWest Series

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