The Brit Oval

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The Brit Oval in South London is home to Surrey County Cricket Club and seats a capacity crowd of 23,000. The ground also hosts a number of key events each year, including major cricket matches, other sporting events, dinners and special occasions.

The ground is over 150 years old and has witnessed some famous victories, including England’s Ashes win of 2005. Next year, the ground will host the 2009 Ashes.

 The inaugural first-class cricket match played at The Oval was in June 1846, when Surrey took on Kent. The Oval was also the first ground in Britain (and second in the world) to host an international cricket game when England played Australia in 1880.

 Since 1845 the Oval has developed into one of the world’s leading Test match grounds. The historic pavilion was opened for the season of 1898; while the most recent addition to the ground has been the OCS Stand at the Vauxhall End in 2005.

 Other sports to have graced the Oval pitch include rugby union, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, athletics, baseball, roller skating and Aussie Rules Football.

Wicket Widget

On 30th July 2009, the Brit Oval, home of Surrey Cricket will launch the first ever desktop cricket specific chat application. The app also provides the latest news and content from the cricket world and beyond, straight to users’ desktops.

The app, called Wicket Widget, is the only cricket desktop app with a community chat function whereby users can chat with fellow cricket fans via the interface. Users can invite friends, see when they’re online, and bowl cricket balls from their desktops to their friends – another global first.

Conceptualised and developed by The BIO Agency, Wicket Widget also aggregates news content from online cricket sources including BBC Sport, the ECB and Cricinfo. Video content is pulled in from broadcast sites such as YouTube.   

 In addition, users can follow up-to-the-minute live scores as matches are being played, from county matches to the Ashes. They can also define their weather location and colour of Wicket Widget.

 Wicket Widget aims to bring both hardcore fans and the next generation of cricket fans closer to the game. Traditional offline launch tactics are being employed alongside online seeding and awareness through social networking micro targeting via facebook and twitter.

 With the Brit Oval and Surrey Cricket’s overall marketing strategy focusing on digital communications, Wicket Widget is hoping to achieve similar success that the new brand site has witnessed in the past couple of months since launch. Visitor loyalty, stickiness of site, and ecommerce performance has significantly improved year on year, indicating a positive consumer behavioural shift online for the Brit Oval and Surrey Cricket.

 Suzi Kent, Head of Marketing at the Brit Oval, says “We are a diverse business, with many different messages to communicate to a variety of stakeholders. Getting the latest news from Surrey Cricket and the Brit Oval to our fans and followers has not always been easy in the past with traditional offline solutions like newsletters and magazines. The Wicket Widget means that we can keep them informed of up to the minute details from the Club and ground, and encourage them to communicate with other fans in this unique online space. There are a lot of widgets and applications out there at the moment, but we believe the Wicket Widget brings something uniquely Surrey to this online landscape.” 

 Wicket Widget is available for download at www.britoval.com/wicketwidget

SA Cricket Squad for the ICC Champions Trophy

CSA have selected a provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy. IT is good to see that Charl Langeveldt is back into the mix, a fantastic death bowler and a mana that never gives up.

“It is a very good squad and it will be quite difficult to reduce it to the final 15,” commented selection convener Mike Procter. “Charl Langeveldt  is no longer a Kolpak player and is again available for selection. He has recently undergone shoulder surgery and we will have to see how well he comes through that.

“The news on Graeme Smith’s elbow surgery is extremely positive at this stage while Lonwabo Tsotsobe has made a good recovery from the knee surgery he had earlier in the year. We will be able to monitor his form as well as that of Vaughn van Jaarsveld on the Emerging Tour of Australia later this month.

“Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs and Wayne Parnell are all playing county cricket at present but will return home in good time to prepare for the tournament.”

Proteas’ Standard Bank ODI squad: Graeme Smith (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors, vice-capt), Yusuf Abdulla (Nashua Dolphins), Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Mark Boucher (Chevrolet Warriors), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Herschelle Gibbs (Nashua Cape Cobras), Jacques Kallis (Chevrolet Warriors), Charl Langeveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Makhaya Ntini (Chevrolet Warriors), Justin Ontong (Nashua Cape Cobras), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Robbie Peterson (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (bizhub Highveld Lions).

Betfair FanvFan – Challenge 2 – The Ashes Lawnmower Race, Phil Tufnell and Jason Gillespie

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vd1L8m8D1Q

 

possibly our favourite of all the sporting challenges!

Even our normally suave and sophisticated Betfair rivals cant fail to look totally ridiculous sitting on little lawn mowers, racing each other at top speed to the finish line in our Lawn Mower Grand Prix.

Double-century scoring Dizzy might want to bring his winning cricket bat along to help him fend off his rival as they battle it out for the coveted chequered flag — knocking his opponent for six during the race could be the only chance Gillespie has at winning this one due to his cumbersome size in relation to these tiny ride-on mowers.

www.1egg1world.org

A signed Sir Donald Bradman Bat, professionally framed with photo’s, statistics and a certificate of authenticity is up for grabs see image below:

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The author of the site sent this through to me: Two mates and I have started a unique charity called 1egg1world, based in Melbourne, which aims to raise $1million. What makes the charity particularly unusual apart from being run by 3 chickens (as the light-hearted face of the charity) is the method in which it aims to raise the money. Rather than donations and fundraisers 1egg1world is raising the money through ‘uptrading.’ Starting out with just an egg, this was traded for a Coneheads CD, the CD for a Boggle Board Game and so forth until the current item.

 

Go help with this marvellous charity idea and get an awesome piece of history in return