LADIES, fancy giving cricket a go this summer?

Newton-le-Willows Cricket Club has been selected to host one of the England & Wales Cricket Board Soft Ball Cricket Festivals - branded in Lancashire as 'Prosecco Cricket' - which has been created to get more women involved in the game.

Soft Ball Cricket is a fun, fast, social game for all abilities featuring... you guessed it, a soft ball.

Chris Chambers from Newton-le-Willows Cricket Club is delighted the club has been selected to host the festival to be held on Friday, July 28 between 6 and 9pm.

He said: "We are part of a series of eight festivals that are being rolled out across Lancashire and we really hope this festival will help us attract more women to get involved in cricket at the club and locally.

"The festival is aimed at encouraging new women in to cricket and their friends to come along to have a great first experience of the game. The fun and friendly games will be six-a-side, using a soft ball, under arm bowling and the rules are designed to make the games fun, fast and easy to pick up!"

He added: “There will also be a free glass of prosecco on arrival served in a branded glass, off field entertainment, stalls, food, music and a photo booth! Plus a free t-shirt for all who take part. There is no dress code and all equipment is provided.”

Julie Durrant, LCB’s Women’s Soft Ball Festival Coordinator said: “We are delighted to be working with Newton-le-Willows Cricket Club to host one of our events. This festival has been planned to ensure women feel supported, relaxed, not judged and learn new skills in an inclusive atmosphere. So why not come along and join in the fun?”

The event is for teams of six players so get a team together and sign up today. Entry, for six, costs £25.

For further information contact Julie Durrant on 07507 057692 or via email Book direct at