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Lancs and England cricketer Jos Buttler visits a Quick Cricket schools tournament at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club.
Lancs and England cricketer Jos Buttler visits a Quick Cricket schools tournament at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club.
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It’s not everyday you turn up to school only to be told you’ll be spending most of it playing cricket with an England star.

But for these lucky children, that’s exactly how they spent their Thursday - enjoying a knock with the national team’s latest celebrity at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club.

Lancshire cricketer Joss Buttler burst on to the scene last Saturday when he scored his maiden century against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, the home of English cricket.

His spell in the limelight continued a few days later when he was controversially run out at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

However, days after England lost the one day series, he was back in the county to cast his eye over the Fylde coast’s youngest cricketing talent as part of Yorkshire Tea’s Chance to Shine Quick Cricket event.

He said: “It’s great to see everyone.

“This is how I started playing cricket and I remember meeting players who inspired me to play.”

Joss watched the school tournament then delighted the youngsters by facing some of their bowling.

“It’s something I really enjoy doing,” he added.

“The kids have a great time, and the enjoyment and fun everyone is having is what I like to see in cricket at this age, and hopefully they remember how fun this is.

“Introducing it into schools is the best way to get into cricket.”

Those taking part in the tournament included youngsters from Netwon Bluecoat Primary School, in Newton, and St Joseph’s Primary School, in Wesham.

Luke Sanderson, 11, captain of St Joseph’s cricket team, said: “It’s huge being with an international cricket player.

“We’ve been preparing for this in after school clubs so to get here is really fun because we get to play other schools.”

Fraser Burton, 10, from Newton Bluecoat, added: “It’s a great experience to play with a high calibre player like Joss who plays for England.

“The best thing about today is having fun, playing cricket, and doing something I love.”

Classmate Lewis Weaver added: “I came to school today and we were told about Joss Buttler being here, so I was really excited to get to play with him.

“He is a great batsman and very kind to everyone.”

Ben Walker, from Chance to Shine, said a lot of youngsters were inspired by the day’s events.

He said: “The kids have been great.

“They are just delighted to be here.

“Hopefully they have learnt a few new skills.”