Shoppers took to the crease in Northampton’s Market Square on Friday morning as part of Northants Cricket’s annual press day.
The event saw the County hold their traditional pre-season team photograph and interview session in the town centre in a bid to ‘bring cricket out into the community’, according to chairman Gavin Warren.
Northants Cricket is currently on a high, with the County earning promotion to the top flight of English first-class cricket last season, as well as the Steelbacks winning the Friends Life T20 competition.
Delighted shoppers were given the chance take up the bat and face the bowling of some of the County’s top players in a short cricket game beside the market stalls.
“This is about helping the brand of the club - it’s about showing that we are a community club,” said Mr Warren.
“Last year we had the media day at the ground, the year before we were at Althorp, and we just thought it was about time we came here to the town centre.
“It’s very interactive this way.”
The club had pictures taken in each of their kits for the 2014/2015 season, which will go on sale to the general public.
The LV= Championship kit is the traditional white with claret trim, while the 50-over strip is light blue, and the T20 kit dark blue.
Captain of the four-day side, Stephen Peters, said he enjoyed taking the press day into the town centre.
Peters’ side face county champions Durham in their first game at the County Ground on Sunday, April 13.
“Every year we tend to do this at the ground - this is just a change of scenery, and it helps us to meet a few people as well,” said Peters.
“I enjoyed the banter, hopefully we will get a few new supporters from today too.”
It all proved to be a hit with the shoppers.
Retired Ken Clark, 67, of Kingsthorpe is a season ticket holder at the Wantage Road ground, and he said: “I think this is a really good step forward.
“It’s a good move now and then to build links wit the community.
“It gives a really good feel about the town.”