CATCH them young is often a phrase that can be related to sports development and it seems to be working in cricket with the Bramwells.

For six-year-old Ella and her four-year-old brother Rory Bramwell have already intimated to dad Peter that they want to go back to Emirates Old Trafford to watch more cricket.

The siblings, along with fellow Egerton Primary School student Alexander Richmond, five, were among 40-plus youngsters lucky enough to win a 'money can't buy experience' from the All Stars Cricket programme and the English Cricket Board.

And for the three Toft Cricket Club juniors, that meant training at the home of Lancashire cricket and watching England players prepare for Ashes action against Australia.

They, and their parents it has to be said, lapped up the experience ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

"We arrived at 11.45am and were taken into the Members Suite where each child was presented with a certificate and got to view the pitch from the Old Pavillion," said Peter.

"They then had the chance to meet the All Stars mascot 'Twinkle’ and after that were led on to the hallowed turf to play cricket, focusing on the four main disciplines of batting, fielding, catching and bowling.

"After 45 minutes they came back to their seats to watch the England team train on the far side of the pitch and then were given the opportunity to watch the players close up in the nets.

"It really was an amazing experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by all – even the adults – and we want to say thank you to Daniel Piling of the ECB and all his team for organising this event."

Peter is a former player himself at Toft Cricket Club, from the age of nine to 17.

"I’m born and bred in Knutsford and moved back to the area four years ago, so I’m really happy that my kids can now be a part of the club.

"Ella has only been a part of the All Stars programme for one year and Rory is joining this year.

"They have loved meeting new friends and playing with their school friends on Saturday mornings.

"They always got a freshly cooked hotdog from the barbecue at Toft Cricket Club after the sessions.

"The catching and bowling skills have really come on and Ella can’t wait to start playing again next year.

"After the kids have been watching this year's performances from the England team in the World Cup and Ben Stokes getting an unimaginable victory in the third Test their enthusiasm for the sport has sky-rocketed.

"They have already requested to go back and watch some of the matches at Old Trafford next year!"