A six-year-old from Chester won the chance to meet the Lancashire Thunder cricket team, as part of a #BatForWomensCricket campaign.

Visitors at Emirates Old Trafford showed their support for Lancashire Cricket’s initiative while cheering for the women’s team.

Besides watching the Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign, many participated in an off-field batting challenge to meet the team.

Maia, six, from Chester, emerged victorious along with Theo and Jacob, both 12, from Didsbury and Lachlan, two, from Newton-le-Willows.

They were given a cricket bat signed by the Lancashire Thunder team and met the players post-match.

Ellie Threlkeld, captain of Lancashire Thunder, said: "It’s a great initiative to try and get more girls and women involved in cricket.

"The game’s growing, which is brilliant, and we want to do everything we can to keep that momentum going.

"#BatForWomensCricket is another opportunity to do that.

"We’ve made some significant progress in women’s cricket but there’s always more to be done."

Emma Lamb, Lancashire Thunder and England opener, added: "It's been lovely today to play in front of a fantastic crowd and to sign all the autographs at the end – there were lots of little girls looking up at me which was really nice."