Youngsters playing cricket-related games took over Derby Market Place this lunchtime.

They were celebrating the opening of the Women’s World Cup which starts tomorrow (Saturday) when England take on India at the County Ground.

Various games and ‘have-a-go’ activities were set up to help encourage youngsters to take up the game in an event organised by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The games were all part of a free fun day which continues until 9pm tonight (Friday) with various bands adding to the entertainment.

There are also stalls promoting LiveWell, Derby Arena, Derby Community Trust and Adult Learning. Food is also available.

The celebration event was conducted by Councillor Ranjit Banwait, leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, and Charlotte Edwards, the former England women’s captain who is a tournament ambassador.

Councillor Raju said:

It’s great to see Derby hosting eight games in total including a semi-final. The City Council is committed to delivering on 50 Pledges to improve our city and by helping to attract events like the women’s World Cup is integral to these plans.”

Councillor Banwait said he was excited that people from all over the world were expected to attend the games in Derby.

There will be people from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds and faiths, a beautiful fusion of cultures.

The women’s World Cup is also important in the way it can showpiece the talent and abilities of the best women cricketers in the world.

Through the power of sport we can also inspire young people, particularly women to make their mark.”

Charlotte Edwards, a former England captain, predicted success for England when they meet India tomorrow at the County Ground.