Historic Langwith Cricket Club look to Twitter to raise profile

Photo by Rob Knight
Photo by Rob Knight

A CRICKET club with more than 120 years of history behind it has found a very modern way of raising its profile and looking to the future.

Langwith Cricket Club is one of the oldest in the area having been formed in the village in 1890.

Members of the club admit it has been ‘in the doldrums’ in recent years.

But thanks to social networking site Twitter it has been given a new lease of life and is attracting attention from as far afield as New Zealand and South Africa.

The club now has around 1,200 followers on Twitter, including cricket clubs and ex-professionals from across the world.

Captain Mark Wakeling, who has been a member since 1978, said: “We started a Twitter account to keep players informed about training sessions and things like that.

“It developed from there, a company got in touch and became club sponsor and we have followers from clubs in New Zealand and South Africa.”

Opening batsman/spin bowler Mark and team mate Lee Rodgers are now hoping to further raise the club’s profile, as well as raise cash for a good cause, by taking part in a 150-hour cricket marathon.

Taking place at Loughborough University from 24th June, the non-stop cricket match will see members of clubs from across the country try to break a world record.

They will be raising cash for the Harley Staples Cancer Trustfor young people affected by cancer.

James Palmer, from the club, said: “Our work for charity does not stop there; this season we have adopted the Factor 50 skin cancer charity.

“ Langwith will play all home games with pink stumps, when a player is bowled out he has to donate £5 to the charity.

“We feel this is a unique, but fun way to raise money for this very important charity, which is especially at the heart of most cricketers, as skin cancer rates are higher than average in former cricketers.”

The club is also attracting young members from Langwith bassett Primary School and for more information visit www.langwithcc.co.uk

Picture credit: Rob Knight