Tarleton Cricket Club members were in a spin when Lancashire and England ace Simon Kerrigan visited Carr Lane.
Kerrigan officially opened a new two-lane artificial net facility at the club’s home ground.
Whilst wet weather forced a planned net session to be cancelled, the 24-year-old spinner sportingly held an impromptu question-and-answer session with the members where he highlighted the importance of the nets.
He said: “I still have nets at my old club Fulwood and Broughton as I still live locally and they have a similar facility.
“It’s great for practice and I’m sure this will be great for Tarleton.”
Kerrigan, who names Shane Warne as his cricketing hero, also had some advice for the junior members at the club.
“Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing, don’t just train for the sake of it,” he said.
“Accept that you’re going to get hit for six but keep trying and it will pay off in the end.”
The new facility is the result of an extensive process of applications and the culmination of various fundraising events and generous donations over the last few years.
First team captain Paul Higham said: “It has been four years in the planning and the club is extremely proud of the result.
“We’d like to thank the Parish Council for their support. Also a big thank you to Jack Prescott who left the club £3,000 when he sadly passed away a few years ago, which has also gone towards this project.”
Tarleton always welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. Kwik Cricket for ages seven and above and Under-11s sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10am and 10am to 11.30am.
Under-13s sessions are on Friday evenings from 6.30 to 8pm, whilst Under-15s, Under-18s and senior net practices are on Thursdays at the same time.