Village cricket match to have global audience

Dr Nick Race in Wray
Dr Nick Race in Wray

AN Easter Monday cricket match on the village green in Wray is to be broadcast live over the internet in what is believed to be a world first event.

The initiative is the brainchild of social media consultant John Popham, who came up with the idea after being inspired by people on Twitter.

“I started this off as a demonstration to show what can be done cheaply and easily,” said Mr Popham.

“My Twitter conversation centred on what a nice thing it would be if we could live stream video of village cricket matches.

“I’m pretty sure this will be a world first, a live internet video broadcast of a village cricket match.

“It will also demonstrate the importance of good internet connectivity in rural areas, and the need for fast upload connections if we are to realise the aspiration to use the internet to enable more people to produce their own content.”

The idea has now gathered pace, and with the help of a “retweet” on Twitter from Stephen Fry it has attracted nationwide attention.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-04-11) for full story.