A junior girl’s cricket tournament celebrated the successful partnership between Woodbank CC and Her Game Too Cricket.

The game put three local primary schools head-to-head in a ‘round robin’ match at Brandlesholme’s Woodbank Cricket Club.

Each school team worked with one of the club’s coaches to show their enthusiasm for the sport whilst having fun as part of Her Game Too Cricket.

The partnership aims to encourage more women and girls to try, watch or play sports of any kind.

Third team captain and second team wicketkeeper, Aidan Allcock, 20, helped to teach the girls some crucial skills and coach them through the tournament.

He said: “At the club, we are very happy to have entertained into partnership with Her Game Too and be able to run tournaments like this. The game was to a really good standard considering the girls had never played before.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and expressed some interest in continuing to develop their cricket skills through our junior system, something which is very important to the club.”

Primary schools, Woodbank, Old Hall and Our Lady of Lourdes played the match against each other in front of parents, grandparents and local councillors Jack Rydeheard and Martin Hayes.

At the end of the match, all the girls were presented with a certificate by Senior Her Game Too Woodbank representative, Olivia Kay.

Olivia said: "I think it's brilliant that Her Game Too are encouraging women and girls, especially at grass root level, as it is a great introduction to the sport. 

"Woodbank CC are the first grass route club in the area, partnering with Her Game Too. As their ambassador, I think it is amazing we can host three schools in a girl's softball tournament. 

"Lots of the girls who attended have already expressed their interests in coming along to junior which is fantastic to hear."

The club continues to welcome new junior members of any school age and ability, to train on Friday evenings.

For more information email woodbankccjuniors@gmail.com.