Lancashire Sports Partnership

Prosecco Cricket - Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival a Huge Success at Longridge Cricket Club

Up to 80 women attended Longridge’s Prosecco Cricket – Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival on Friday 9th June to give cricket ‘a go’.

Longridge Cricket Club hosted one of the England & Wales Cricket Board Soft Ball Cricket Festivals, branded in Lancashire as Prosecco Cricket and they were the perfect hosts turning the event into a real fun atmosphere for all the family. There was a free glass of prosecco on arrival for all the women served in a branded glass, a funky warm up, food, music and a photo booth! Plus a free t-shirt for all that took part.

Julie Durrant, Lancashire Cricket Board’s Women’s Soft Ball Coordinator, said: “Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game for all abilities featuring a, you guessed it, soft ball. The festivals are aimed at encouraging new women into cricket and their friends to come along to have a great first experience of the game.

“The games are all 6-a-side and the rules are designed to make them fun, fast and easy to pick up. We definitely achieved this at Longridge!”

Judith Kaye, spokesperson from Longridge Cricket Club speaking after the event added: “It was great to see so many women turn up and take part. We planned the event to ensure women felt supported, relaxed, not judged and could learn new skills in an inclusive atmosphere.

“We all had a great time and are even considering running another event at the end of the summer.

“We were also delighted to have Sky Sports News at the event filming the fun, with footage to be televised on Sunday 18 June on Sky Living during the Sportswomen programme at 6:00am, so don’t miss out watching us!”

For further information about other Women’s Soft Ball Festivals across the county visit the Lancashire Cricket Board website at or contact Julie Durrant on 07507 057692 or via email

A further 4 festivals are being hosted across the county during June, July and August.
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