MANY mums and daughters prefer to go shopping on a Saturday afternoon.

But when Anna and Yolanda Harris put on their coats, they are more than likely to be going to cricket.

Not to spectate, but to umpire, and last Saturday they stood together – a very rare combination at any level of the game in this country.

Mum Yolanda and Anna were on duty at the Thames Valley League Division 2a match between Kidmore End and Marlow at Gallowstree Common and received a favourable report from the host club.

There will also be a family affair in Lucerne this coming weekend with Reading University Boat Club student Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne, 24, and her 22-year-old sister, Melissa both rowing in the same women's quad event for Great Britain in the European Championships.

Among the reserves for the 55-strong squad is Reading Rowing Club's Gemma Hall.

IN this column last week I highlighted the work of volunteers in local sport. I have since heard from Get Berkshire Active that a special Volunteers' Week is starting this coming Saturday and running till next Friday.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations are taking place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

GET Berkshire Active are organising an emergency first-aid course which should interest all sports clubs at Blue Coat School in Sonning on Sunday, June 9 (10am to 6pm).

Costing £70, the workshop will provide attendees with knowledge of how to assess an incident and what to do next. There will be practical demonstrations of resuscitation and other techniques to deal with injuries such as sprains and strains.

READING-BASED Liam Ferdinand, the leading goal scorer in the Bostik League's South Central Division this season with 31 goals, has left losing play-off finalists Bracknell Town following talks over a new contract.

His departure goes into the 'I feel it's time for a new chapter in my career' file, and that will lead to other clubs knocking on his door.