HUNDREDS of Yorkshire schoolchildren gave regular lessons a wide berth for an education day at a sun-drenched Headingley Carneige Cricket Ground.
More than 600 youngsters from 20 schools were bowled over yesterday when they played kwik cricket on the famous ground – in the company of England and Yorkshire cricketer Jonny Bairstow.
The special education day was organised for Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, in partnership with the Emerald Foundation.
It was one of six flagship media events taking place across the country to celebrate sports charity Chance to Shine’s national celebration of cricket in schools.
Jonny Bairstow said: “To have kids from 20 schools from all over Yorkshire at Headingley for Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is brilliant.
“They’ve got to see behind the scenes, get out on the pitch and visit the changing rooms. It’s great to have them here and I hope they’ve enjoyed the day.
“What Chance to Shine and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation have done today is really important. If you can find some of the children from today who go home inspired to go and play cricket at their local club then that’s great.
“Who knows, they could go from playing for their local club, to district, to county and one day perhaps they could be playing international cricket for England.”
Among youngsters at the event were 32 pupils aged between nine and 11 from St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, Horsforth.
St Margaret’s teacher Chris Wickett said: “The children have loved it. Jonny was walking around and meeting some of the children, having a laugh and bowling at some of them.”
Pupil James Swarbrigg, 11, of Rawdon, said: “It has been really fun. We have been learning about teamwork and we have been playing kwik cricket on the outfield. It was really good fun.” Faye Strahand, 10, said: “I enjoyed managing to hit the ball.”