Cricket open day in Chorley sparkles for women

Cricket and Prosecco went hand in hand at a special game to encourage women pick up a bat and a ball.

Thursday, 13th July 2017, 7:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:24 am
Women's teams gathered at Chorley Cricket Club for an evening of 'Prosecco Cricket', with glasses of bubbly along with softer balls. The Jiminy Cricket team, with front L-R: Lizzie Tyrer, Sarah Lavelle and Kate Willacy, back: Helena Carr, Toni Hines and Jen Lee. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-7-2017

More than 50 women turned up for a taster evening at Chorley Prosecco Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival.

Chorley Cricket Club hosted the England & Wales Cricket Board Soft Ball Cricket Festival, branded in Lancashire as Prosecco Cricket.

There was a free glass of Prosecco on arrival for all the women served in a branded glass and a zumba warm up.

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Women's teams gathered at Chorley Cricket Club for an evening of 'Prosecco Cricket', with glasses of bubbly along with softer balls. The Leigh team meet Lanky the mascot. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-7-2017

But the event had a family-friendly feel in order to keep everyone entertained with a BBQ, music, bouncy castles for the kids and a photo booth. T-shirts were also dished out to everyone who took part.

Speaking on behalf of Lancashire Cricket Board Julie Durrant said: “Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game for all abilities featuring a, you guessed it, soft ball.

“The festival was aimed at encouraging new women into cricket and their friends to come along to have a great first experience of the game.

“The games were six-a-side and the rules are designed to make the games fun, fast and easy to pick up.”

Women's teams gathered at Chorley Cricket Club for an evening of 'Prosecco Cricket', with glasses of bubbly along with softer balls. Limbering up before the start. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-7-2017

“In Lancashire we introduced the Prosecco theme to show this social side and another way to prove it can be fun.”

• Visit Lancashire Cricket Board website at http://www.lancashirecricket.co.uk/lcb/ or contact Julie Durrant on 07507 057692.

Women's teams gathered at Chorley Cricket Club for an evening of 'Prosecco Cricket', with glasses of bubbly along with softer balls. The Leigh team meet Lanky the mascot. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-7-2017
Women's teams gathered at Chorley Cricket Club for an evening of 'Prosecco Cricket', with glasses of bubbly along with softer balls. Limbering up before the start. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-7-2017