A JUNIOR version of the sport called mini-cricket - which is played with a special soft ball and special bats and wickets - is suitable for any grass or level open space as well as playgrounds. The game is ideal for introducing children to cricket and developing their skills. It can be played by boys and girls, who are given equal opportunities to display their ability. All children have a chance to bat, bowl and field with the emphasis on everyone getting a fair turn. In Hongkong, cricket for beginners is developing. The Hongkong Cricket Association is responsible for cricket at all levels. In September 1992, a development officer was brought to Hongkong to establish cricket at junior levels. Primary school children should ask their teachers about mini-cricket, which is being introduced through physical education lessons. It is hoped that through the cricket association, schools and cricket clubs in Hongkong that mini-cricket will attract increasing numbers of participants. Cost of participation is low. For example, it costs $100 for a total of 20 weeks - but costs vary according to the level of coaching and supervision required. Where it is specialised and restricted to small groups, the cost can be $400 for eight sessions of one hour each week with a group of eight children. For more details on courses for ages seven to 12, contact John Gibbin, of the Hongkong Cricket Association, on 859-2414;, Peter Williams, of the Hongkong Cricket Club, on 519-1166; or Roger Nissim, of the Kowloon Cricket Club, on 848-2412.