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Ahead of the 2019 cricket season, a new social media campaign is being launched aiming to getmore county cricket supporters watching their women’s team. The campaign will centre around getting fans to attend a women’s match on one specific “Women’s County Cricket Day”, Bank Holiday Monday 6th May.
The aim of the new campaign is to promote women’s county cricket to a wider audience and toencourage cricket lovers across the country to get out and discover a part of the game they may not know much about.
The campaign was launched on Twitter on 25 March via a dedicated account (@WomensCricDay), using the hashtag #YourCounty. Cricket fans up and down the country will be encouraged to discover the hidden gem that is women’s county cricket by attending their nearest match on Monday 6th May.
England stars such as Heather Knight (Berkshire), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire) and Anya Shrubsole(Somerset) are likely to be in action on the Bank Holiday Monday, using it as a chance to hone their skills ahead of this summer’s Women’s Ashes.
The campaign is being run as a joint venture through the combined efforts of various individualwomen’s cricket supporters, and the following cricket websites and blogs: www.crickether.com (Twitter - @crickether), www.womens-cricket.blogspot.com (Twitter - @WomensCricBlog) and
www.womenscricket.net (Twitter - @DonMiles13).
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards said: “This is a brilliant campaign and something Ireally support.”
“It’s important we raise awareness of women’s county cricket, and hopefully as a result we’ll getmore cricket lovers watching and following their local counties.”
Raf Nicholson, Editor of CRICKETher.com, said: “Women’s county cricket produces the Englandstars of the future, but often very few people know that these matches are taking place.”
“The men’s county calendar for 2019 has seen a drastic reduction in the amount of weekendcricket available to followers of the game, but women’s county matches will be taking place every Sunday and Bank Holiday during May and June.”
“We want to encourage cricket followers to take this great opportunity to get out there andsupport their county.”
Questions about the campaign should be addressed in the first instance to Richard Clark(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Don't forget this is a Bank Holiday!
A full list of women’s county fixtures for Monday 6th May isgiven below:
Hampshire v Yorkshire - Totton and Eling Cricket Club, Southern Gardens, Totton, SouthamptonSO40 8RW
Kent v Warwickshire - Kent County Cricket Club, Beckenham, Worsley Bridge Rd, BeckenhamBR3 1DR
Surrey v Lancashire - Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford GU14RP
Sussex v Nottinghamshire - Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Lewes Rd, Brighton BN19PW
[To visit this ground set your satnav to 'Lucraft Road' - drive through the bridge and the car park is on your right, the ground in front of you. Do NOT use the postcode for the Academy! There is no road from the Brighton & Hove football ground through to the Academy although they are adjacent to each other and if you use the Academy's postcode that's where you'll end up!
Berkshire v Worcestershire - North Maidenhead Cricket Club, Summerleaze Rd, Maidenhead SL68SP
Devon v Wales - North Devon Cricket Club, 8 Sandhills, Instow, Bideford EX39 4LF
Somerset v Durham - Taunton Vale Sports Club, Gipsy Lane, Taunton TA2 6L
Cumbria v Leicestershire - TBC
Derbyshire v Scotland - Marehay Cricket Club, Warmwells Ln, Ripley DE5 8JB
Northumberland v Lincolnshire - Stocksfield Cricket Club, Main Road, Stocksfield NE43 7NN
Cambridgeshire v Netherlands - Bluntisham Cricket Club, Mill Lane, Bluntisham PE28 3LR
Norfolk v Northamptonshire - Cromer Cricket Club, Cromer NR27 0AU
Suffolk v Hertfordshire - Copdock and Old Ipswichian Cricket Club, Old London Road, Copdock,Ipswich IP8 3JN
Cornwall v Gloucestershire - Roche CC, Trezaise Road, Roche PL26 8HD
Dorset v Oxfordshire - Hamworthy Sports Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth BH21 3AP
Wiltshire v Buckinghamshire - TBC
Now your task is to spread the word as widely as possible. Make sure your team mates know about it and join in. If we can succeed then more and more people will follow the sport, come and watch and maybe their daughters will start playing.
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