YOUNG cricket fans in Leeds were bowled over after meeting their sporting hero Tim Bresnan.
Shoppers at Asda in Pudsey were hit for six as the Yorkshire and England cricket star visited fans fresh from his Ashes series win to pass on his skills to the next generation of Aussie beaters.
Tim, who was born in Pontefract and is an Asda Kwik Cricket ambassador, said: “It’s nice to come home and meet Leeds people. They are always so friendly.
“I’m here because I want to encourage kids and schools to get into grassroots cricket.
“I played Kwik Cricket when I was younger and thought it was unbelievable that I was playing cricket on the same field as the top names.
“You see the kids’ faces as they are running out to play as we’re coming off for lunch and they love it as much as I do.
“There are too many kids these days playing computer games, which I am guilty of too, but you’ve got to do some kind of sport too for a healthy lifestyle.”
The 28-year-old, who has played in the last three Ashes Tests, found out on Thursday he won’t play in the fifth Test at The Oval due to a stress fracture in his spine.
He said: “I’m pretty gutted and disappointed to be missing out.
“I’m on complete shutdown now for the next two to three weeks at least, which is so annoying for me when I’ve been so active for most of my life.
“I only got the news recently so we haven’t got a time scale yet as to when I can play again but I’m hoping to be playing for the Ashes in Australia.
“All of the team have texted me to say they’re sorry to hear the news.”
Cricket fan Bradley Perry, 11, had his pictured taken with the cricketer, which Tim also signed.
Bradley, from Pudsey, said: “I used to play cricket and really enjoyed it. Meeting Tim was nice and he was friendly.”
Paperboy Bradley, who delivers the Yorkshire Evening Post, added: “I can’t wait to show my friends that I’m in the paper when I’m delivering it to everyone tomorrow.”
Asda Kwik Cricket is the largest grassroots cricket competition in the UK, involving over 140,000 primary school children.
Asda have been sponsors of the National Kwik Cricket Competition for eight years.
For more information, visit your.asda.com/kwik-cricket or follow @asdakwikcricket on Twitter.