THE first-ever conference about the history of local league cricket has taken place in Huddersfield.

The conference, entitled The Heritage and History of Pennine Cricket, was held at Huddersfield University on Saturday.

It was organised by Huddersfield University lecturer Dr Peter Davies, 38, and 39-year-old PhD student Robert Light.

Both work in the history department.

Mr Light spoke about local league cricket, along with Brian Heywood and Ian Tomlinson, while guest speakers Prof Jeff Hill and Dr Jack Williams talked about cricket in the inter-war years.

The conference was part of a National Lottery-funded project Dr Davies and Mr Light are undertaking to investigate cricketing history in Kirklees.

They have received a £43,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the two-year scheme.

Dr Davies, who lives in Salendine Nook, said: "Cricket is a real passion of mine, so now it is like a dream come true.

"This was just part of the project. We are planning to tour libraries and even pubs with exhibitions about the history of cricket in the area," Dr Davies added.