Ed lines up with young sports fans for cricket bash

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (stood, right) visited Bentley Colliery Cricket Club. Our picture shows him with retiring cricket coach Maurice Young and young cricketers.
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (stood, right) visited Bentley Colliery Cricket Club. Our picture shows him with retiring cricket coach Maurice Young and young cricketers.
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THESE cricket loving youngsters were bowled over to receive a visit from Doncaster MP and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Mr Miliband, who represents Doncaster North and is a fan of the game himself, met youngsters who were due to take part in a schools cricket competition.

Pupils from nine primary schools - Askern Spa, Toll Bar, Norton, Arksey, Sunnyfields, Bentley New Village, Bentley High Street, Kirkby Avenue and Castle Hills - had all been invited to take part in the competition at Bentley Colliery Cricket Club.

Mr Miliband said: “Sports are an invaluable part of children’s education and development. They help inspire an ethos of achievement in young people and I welcome efforts to promote sport as a vibrant part of school life.

“I am a cricket fan myself - one of my childhood heroes was the great Yorkshire batsman Geoff Boycott - so I was looking forward to my visit and meeting some stars of the future.”

During his trip to the club he spent time talking about the game to the pupils who were taking part.

He also met the teachers who were at the event with them.