Cricket leaders in Cumbria have been bowled over by the success of an initiative to increase women's participation in the game.
The first wave of the Cumbria Women's and Girls Soft Ball Festivals were held this weekend at Carlisle Cricket Club and in Temple Sowerby.
Over the course of the free festivals on Sunday a total of 75 women joined in with 27 in Temple Sowerby and another 48 in Carlisle
The events were designed to be a fun way of introducing the sport to females or a way of encouraging past players to pick up a bat and ball again.
James Farmer, from Temple Sowerby Cricket Club, said: "It's just so good to see new people, new faces experiencing something new and old.
"One lady hasn't played for fifty years and has just bowled leg spin."
Laura Marshall, women's and girls development officer for Cumbria Cricket said: "The atmosphere was brilliant and we were so pleased that the festivals achieved what they set out to do - to deliver fun and inclusive activity.
"The feedback we have had is really useful. We are keen to ensure we offer activities at whatever level our community is interested in."
Sarah Earl, the festival coordinator added: "We were so pleased Temple Sowerby's hard work paid off to deliver a great festival.
"It was good to be part of some fantastic cricket and some close games. There has been lots of positive feedback, as we work towards making future festivals even better."
A spokeswoman for the county's cricket association added: "A big thank you to Temple Sowerby and Carlisle Cricket Clubs and all the volunteers who helped make this event possible.
"Many people have worked hard behind the scenes time to prepare pitches, provide entertainment, food and drinks; thank you.
"Finally, a massive thank you to all those who attended, who made the festivals."
The next women's and girl's festivals are being held on July 9 at Egremont and Lindal Moor Cricket Clubs with the South Lakes Maidens.
For more information Laura Marshall on 07738174477.