LAST year saw the country once again fall head over heels in love with cricket.

First the World Cup gripped the nation, with England's Super Over victory in the final going down as one of the great sporting events of all time.

And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Stokes then took on the Aussies single-handedly; saving the Ashes with an unforgettable innings at Headingley.

The new year has seen the England team continue its good form with a Test series win in South Africa, but closer to home, Skipton Cricket Club has just started the build-up to its junior season.

This comes in the form of its winter nets sessions on Sundays at Ermysted’s Grammar School.

They began at the weekend (February 2), but are still running for another nine weeks. The sessions cost £4 each or £30 for an upfront payment.

And according to Daniel Kennedy, a committee member at Skipton CC, this is the chance for local youngsters who’ve caught the cricket bug to come and try out the sport for themselves.

He said: “Last year was a huge one for cricket, and the result of it is going to be an upsurge in kids wanting to play cricket.

“And although it’s anything but cricket weather at the moment, the winter net sessions at Ermysted’s are the perfect place to give them a taster of the sport and what it entails in a fun and challenging way.”

Skipton CC holds two sessions per week, with U9 and U11 players attending from 5.30pm to 7pm, and U13 and U15 players from 7pm to 8.30pm.

For more information, contact Phil McCormick on 07912 877897 or Ji Mukherjee on 07845 416301.