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23rd May 2022 @ 6:06am – by Swayne Johnson
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Sound of summer rings round Cheshire village as junior cricket starts up again

Monday evenings in the Cheshire village of Tattenhall will be full of the summer sound of bat on ball for the next two months as the next generation of young cricketers take to the historic ground.

There will be over 80 youngsters aged from five to 11 for the weekly lessons which are again being sponsored by local law firm Swayne Johnson.

Cricket in the village dates back over 150 years and the club has launched its All Stars and Dynamos age groups again thanks to the support of the firm which has an office in the High Street.

The sessions are being supervised by club chairman Jon Beddow and a core of volunteers from the club which plays in Division Three of the Cheshire County League.

All-Stars, for five to eight-year-olds, and Dynamos, for eight to 11s ,teaches the young players the cricket skills of batting, bowling and fielding in fun supervised sessions.

Jon, who began his cricket career on The Flacca, the village club's superbly sited ground in the Cheshire countryside, said: "The junior cricket here was so successful last year and we're delighted to be running it again this summer.
"We've got six senior members each week and a number of juniors who are helping out and coaching as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award and of course there are lots of enthusiastic children from the village and further afield.
"We have great facilities here at the club and we're very grateful to SwayneJohnson for helping us to launch this exciting project to encourage youngsters to start playing."They have a real role model to follow in the footsteps of Ben Gibbon who recently made his County Championship debut for Worcestershire -- it was the match where new England skipper blasted 161 with a record 17 sixes as Durham rampaged to 580 for six but amid the carnage Ben picked up two wickets.
One of those aiming to follow in Ben's footsteps is five-year-old Charlie Robinson whose mum, Rebecca, heads up Swayne Johnson's office in the village. She said: "It's just fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the children and how much they enjoy it -- there are lots of parents here and they're all loving it too.It's the kind of activity that really brings everyone together and after moving to the village ourselves we're keen to be involved in the local community.

Another parent showing a keen interest was Alan Williams, a former player for the village club whose five-year-old Sophie was among the young players.
He said: "Sophie was a bit nervous at first but she has got right into it and it's such a good set-up here and the club members have organised this brilliantly. It's also good to see some of the old familiar faces I used to play withhere."

"The same is true of Swayne Johnson because as well as providing specialist legal services we're encouraged to get involved in the life of the places where we live and work and that includes supporting local organisations and charities."

All-Stars and Dynamos cricket is supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Tattenhall will hold Monday evening sessions for All-Stars from 6pm to 6.45pm and for Dynamos from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

Both age groups will use light plastic bats and softballs with each young player receiving a New Balance personalised T-shirt with name and number and the sessions run right into July.
All-Stars and Dynamos are branded with The Hundred, the exciting new national top-level tournament
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Picture by Mandy Jones Photography.


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