WOMEN'S cricket continues to march on in Cumbria thanks to the success of a series of Soft Ball festivals across the county.

Millom CC held their second of the year at St George's Road, as more teams battled it out the become champions.

The event, supported by Cumbria Cricket, is designed to get more girls and women involved in cricket, and organiser David High was very impressed with the turnout at Millom.

He said: “We had six teams of eight or more at each festival, and overall for the two events we had more than 100 women register, which was great for the club to see so many people taking part.

“It has been a massive success, not just for the women who have been playing but also their families and the community, who all came out to support them and made it a really good family atmosphere.”

Festivals are being held across the county, and with High was pleased to see so many volunteers involved at Millom, even putting on a barbeque and music alongside the cricket.

Soft Ball Cricket is a growing sport, with games lasting only for an hour, making them fast paced, and with no LBW rule in play. Each team starts on 200 runs and thy are deducted points for each wicket they lose, in a similar way to Kwik Cricket is played in schools.

At the Millom Festival, Brocky's Babes were victors on the day.

Millom hope to hold another festival to build on the success of the two events on their captain's day.

Further Soft Ball Cricket festivals will take place during August and September across the county. There will be events at Ulverston CC on Sunday, August 5, and at Lindal Moor CC on Sunday, August 19 among them.