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New Brighton in search of stars at Club Open Days.

Byline: MARIOS PAPALOIZOU Sports Reporter sport@liverpool.com LIVECHOSPORT @

NEW BRIGHTON Cricket Club's Brian Gregory wants to use the upcoming ECB Club Open Day to discover the next batch of stars and reignite the passions of the 'lost' generation.

The ECB Club Open Days initiative, supported by Waitrose, is a nationwide programme that aims to help boost grassroots cricket participation by encouraging cricket clubs to open their pavilion doors and welcome guests from their local community for a day of cricket taster sessions and activities.

More than 1000 clubs from across the country will be taking part in the initiative and New Brighton locals will have the chance to take to the field in a six-a-side tournament on August 31.

And social secretary Gregory is hoping that they can showcase their ethos and attract some new faces the club.

"Our goal is really to get as many youngsters playing the game as possible and coming down to the club regularly," he said.

"That is really important to us and we have a strong junior section but we are always looking for new youngsters to take up the sport.

"But we are also hoping that we can find a lost generation of players who are maybe in their late 30s or early 40s.

"There are plenty of people out there who have played the sport when they were young and then for one reason or another given it up.

"So if we can get some of those people back into the sport then that would be really great and we could look to set up some over-40s teams.

"But the main objective is really just to show that we are a family club and that we are here and welcoming."

It is expected that more than 1000 clubs will host an ECB Club Open Day across the country this summer, with those taking part receiving a PS100 food and drink offer from Waitrose to help deliver their event.

And former England captain turned ECB Cricket Partnership Ambassador Mike Gatting believes as many people as possible should head down to Rastrick when their doors are swung open, adamant it will help build a better future for English cricket.

"Club Open Days has proven to be a fantastic way for cricket clubs to capitalise on the nation's fervour for cricket during the summer," Gatting said.

"By opening their pavilion doors and showcasing what they have to offer to their local community, clubs will hopefully be able to inspire newcomers to come and join them.

"We want to inspire more players, volunteers and social members to come together and get into cricket."

|For more information about Club Open Days, supported by Waitrose, including a full list of clubs registered, visit www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays

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