YOUNGSTERS in Inverclyde have been bowled over by cricket lessons aimed at encouraging a new generation to take up the sport.

Greenock Cricket Club is running busy 'come and try' sessions to help keep children occupied during the summer holidays and uncover new talent.

Funded through Sport Scotland and Inverclyde Active Schools, the sessions are aimed at youngsters aged seven to 12.

Young batters and bowlers have been learning about the basics of soft ball cricket and getting the chance to work on their co-ordination and technique.

Colin McDougall, Greenock Cricket Club's child wellbeing and protection officer, says the fun sessions are great for developing players.

He added: "These sessions form part of our pathway into cricket.

"We're the only club in the area to offer age-group cricket for youngsters and we have under-10s, 12s, 14s and 16s teams.

"To build the under 10s team we need to start somewhere and bring youngsters in from the local community.

"We have to produce our own players and generate grassroots talent."

Colin says players who have progressed through the Glenpark club's pathway have gone on to play internationally.

Sean Fischer-Keogh now plays for Scotland under-19s and stars for the first team at the club.

The next sessions are on August 2, running from 10am until 12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm.

All equipment is supplied by the club.

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