GIRLS at Ellesmere College were given the opportunity to learn from the best as they received a cricket masterclass from a former England international.

Lydia Greenway, who played in more than 14 Test matches and 126 one day internationals for her country, visited the school on Saturday as part of her initiative to inspire more girls to get into cricket.

She was joined by Evelyn Jones, who coaches at the school, as well as playing for and captaining Lancashire Cricket Club.

Ellesmere College is set to become a hub for the Cricket for Girls initiative which was set up by Lydia after she retired from international cricket.

The pair delivered a session covering everything from batting and bowling to fielding.

Lydia said: “Today we had a good mixture of girls – some of them had played county cricket before whereas some girls were fairly new to the sport.

“I think it’s important that whatever ability you’re at, you still get the opportunity to play the game. Today was more about making sure they enjoyed the sessions and judging by the feedback we got at the end I think we were able to do that quite well.”