Walkden Cricket Club is to host a range of events for people of all ages as part of their first T20 of the season on Friday night.

There will be junior training sessions, live music and access to bar throughout the evening during the first teams fixture against Kearsley at The Oval.

It will be the first of four T20 fixtures for the newly named Walkden Wolves, and provides an opportunity for the Walkden community to come down to watch some live sport ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Nathan Rushton, Head Coach and 1st Team Captain, has expressed the clubs excitement ahead of the action-packed evening.

He said: “It’s an opportunity for anyone under the age of 13 to come down and play a bit of cricket, and for anyone over 13 to come down, watch a bit of live cricket and will be a great way to start the Bank Holiday weekend the right way.

“There will be access to the bar, as well as live music, and is just a great chance to watch some live sport.

“It’s also an opportunity for people to support one of their local sports clubs again. It’s something we’ve banged the drum about recently, the importance of supporting the club and not forgetting we’re still a social club and members club and asking people to support us and not our rivals in the area.”

Training for juniors will take place before the T20 between 17:30 and 18:15, and is avaliable for any child between 9 and 13 to take part for only £1.

Rushton commented: “Friday night is our usual training night for the juniors, so what we’re going to do is going to have a session for them before the T20 starts, then they can still have their usual session in front of a live crowd.

“We’ve seen a great response to our junior teams since starting up again, and we hope that on the back of this session will see some players come back and play again when our normal training is back after the T20’s”

Juniors during a training session
Image Credit: Walkden CC

The Wolves will then kick off their T20 season at 18:15, and Rushton says the team are ready for the opener.

The captain commented: “We’ve prepared the best we can. We have some training tonight in preparation for it.

“We like to use it (T20) as an opportunity to promote some U18 players into the first team, so it’s not a big shock to them when they play for us on Saturday afternoons.”

Walkden’s home ground The Oval
Image Credit: Walken CC

Live music will be playing from the bar during the game, which will provide some entertainment for the crowd in what should be an entertaining evening at Harriet Street.

Rushton said: “Some people will enjoy watching the T20 more with it being more of a spectacle then say our Saturday afternoon fixtures.

“Hopefully with an event like this it will also attract existing and new members to come down and support the club.”

Walkden Cricket Club was formed in 1899 and currently plays in the Bolton Cricket League.

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