GIRLS cricket is alive and flourishing in the Holme Valley.

Following a successful summer last year and with England contesting the current World Cup in India, the Holme Valley Girls club have started winter training at Holmfirth High School on Sundays.

They are already delighted with the number of girls turning up.

Last season, the junior section finished runners-up in the Heavy Woollen Girls League.

Recently the club were awarded £136.40 in the Examiner’s Wish campaign, which has gone towards providing top-quality coaching as they seek to expand both their junior and senior sections.

At trials at Headingley, four of the girls were selected to attend the Silver Pathways coaching scheme over the next couple of months, and hope to go on and represent Yorkshire.

The Under 16 side will again be in a league this summer, along with the Heavy Woollen area, Wrenthorpe, Gildersome and Halifax Copley.

Any girls wishing to play cricket are welcome to go along to Holmfirth High on a Sunday (10.30-12.30) and join in the training sessions.

Further information is available from the club’s website at girlscricketclub/