ENGLAND’S heart-stopping success in the Cricket World Cup has resulted in a surge of interest among youngsters looking to take up the game.While Ben Stokes and company were playing the thrilling final against New Zealand – which was followed by the batsman’s Ashes heroics – routes to contact Denton Cricket Club were warming up.
And the increased interest in the game means more can come through into the first team at Denton Cricket Club.
Since the tournament, seven or eight new juniors have joined up, with a further 10 making enquiries.
And a spokesman for the club said it could provide a much-needed boost.
They said: “It has been a great lift to us this year getting these numbers. Our older age groups (12-18) are a bit light at the moment and we’ve found it really hard getting local schools to co-operate and build up relationships to introduce kids to cricket.
“Junior training this season has seen over 30 five to 11-year-olds on a regular basis, a great base for the future of the club.”
New talent coming into the Egerton Street-based side means further options for the first XI, with four making their debuts in August.
Their emergence offset the disappointment of losses to Uppermill and promotion chasers Flowery Field and Glodwick in division 1A of the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
The spokesman added: “Consistency of selection has been the key issue, with it being holiday season alongside several key injuries and work commitments
“They have a big games left, with a home game against Swinton Moorside which could be key in the fight to stave off relegation.
“Time for the team to pull together and get the results needed to get over the line.”
Denton’s second XI came up with great wins at Flowery Field and Heywood while junior training has now finished for the season.
The spokesman said: “It has been a large success this year in terms of numbers joining, especially at the younger age groups.
“The day after the World Cup final was the highest attended session in several years and enquiries online have been great to see.
“A big thank you to everyone involved from coaches, parents and to the juniors themselves.”
The social committee is also keeping busy with more events throughout the winter period, with a presentation evening and race night pencilled in for October.