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Blackhall primary school pupils pictured with (left to right) cricketer Philip Mustard and Durham County Cricket Foundation coach James Wiggan and England Ladies player Dani Hazell.
Blackhall primary school pupils pictured with (left to right) cricketer Philip Mustard and Durham County Cricket Foundation coach James Wiggan and England Ladies player Dani Hazell.
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A SCHOOL’s timetable gave way to a day of cricket when top-class sportsmen turned up to class.

Durham and England cricketer Phil Mustard and England women’s cricketer Danielle Hazell bowled along to Blackhall Colliery Primary School to pass on tips as part of Brit National Cricket Day.

Blackhall Colliery Primary, in Middle Street, is one of 7,000 schools taking part in the Chance to Shine initiative, which is the biggest grass-roots sport development programme ever undertaken in Britain.

The youngsters spent the day with Phil and Danielle, as well as Durham County Cricket Foundation coach James Wiggan, and took part in Australian and cricket-themed lessons, to tie in with the upcoming Ashes series.

They also took part in Ashes and cricket-related lessons in class thanks to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) educational resources, as well enjoying a game of cricket in the playground with the sports stars.

Year 5 Class Teacher Kay Stephenson said: “The children were very excited prior to the event and were very enthusiastic about meeting real cricket players.

“They enjoyed putting all the practises they had done into a game situation.”

Hundreds of schools got involved in Brit National Cricket Day, through their local County Board.

Chance to Shine was launched in 2005 by the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King to reverse the decline of cricket in state schools and has now brought cricket to two million schoolchildren.