HUDDERSFIELD'S young cricketers are benefiting from expert coaching sessions currently being held at Colne Valley High School Sports Centre.
Run by the Huddersfield Cricket Coaches Association, the sessions are attracting upwards of 50 youngsters in the Under 11 and 13 categories, while more than 30 have been attending the Under 15 and 17 age group sessions.
The sessions are being held every Sunday until March 11, with Under 11 and 13s invited down from 4.00 to 5.30pm, while the Under 15 and 17s are catered for from 5.30 to 7.00pm, at Gilroyd Lane facility.
Altogether eight coaches are involved in the net sessions, who cme from Almondbury Wesleyans, Slaithwaite, Paddock, Marsden and Meltham.
Association secretary Chris Hinks said: "The Huddesfield Coaches Association are trying to re-invigorate the winter junior net sessions, as nothing has been done for the last two or three years.
"The eight-strong group, will be giving all-round instruction, including skill sessions and general conditioning to the youngsters.
"But as well as running the junior sessions, we are also organising events to benefit Huddersfield's Coaches.
"Our next event is on Saturday, March 24, when former Sussex and Durham county player Martin Speight will be running a coach education workship at Huddersfield New College."
* Six young players from Huddersfield League clubs have been accepted on to Yorkshire Cricket Board's Gold Level Pathways Winter coaching scheme.
This is the top level, from which Yorkshire County Cricket Club offer Academy Scholarships.
The Drakes contingent are: Jack Hargreaves and Charlie Roebuck (both Broad Oak), Gurman Randhawa (now at Lascelles Hall), Nick Sharp (recently joined Scholes), Ben Raven-Hill (Thongsbridge) and Niall Lockley, who has just signed for Barkisland.
Denby Dale's Callum Grant has reached Silver Level 2, while at Bronze Level, Josh Ardron (Shepley), Josh Clarkson and George Parkes (Skelmanthorpe), Adil Kaleen (Armitage Bridge), Alexander Kemp (Thongsbridge) and Michael Smith (Denby Dale) will attend courses at Woodlands and Heckmondwike.
Three girls have progressed on the schemes, with Almondbury Wesleyans' Heather Hales earning a place on Gold, while Broad Oak's Sarah Ford and Chloe Newton-Mann, from Cumberworth, have been accepted onto Silver Level.