Cricket But Not As You Know It
Vodafone sponsored ECB Cricket Roadshow will be at Chester-le-Street
on Friday 19th July for the Women's One Day International match
between England and India, and again on Saturday 20th July for the
Women's ODI Final which sees England take on current World Champions,
New Zealand. The 40ft articulated lorry houses an interactive exhibition
of cricket enabling young cricket supporters to:
Face the Australian opening attack in a brand new Channel 4 sponsored
Virtual Reality game.
· Compare reaction speeds with those of England's star players
including Vodafone Player of the Year and England Captains Nasser
Hussain and Clare Connor.
· Take part in the BBC Radio Commentary Challenge game. Be
a BBC Radio cricket reporter and win the chance to commentate live
at the Ashes this winter on BBC Radio 5 Live or Test Match Special.
· Play the new EA SPORTS Cricket 2002 game and enter the
free prize draw to win a copy of the game
· Take the Roadshow Challenge by testing bowling, batting
and fielding skills in the inflatable outdoor game zones.
ECB's programme to promote cricket to children is the interactive
Virtual Reality cricket headset game in which youngsters face Australia's
best bowler at the Oval. The Game encourages children to use their
computer game skills whilst helping to develop their cricket technique.
Virtual Reality game is sponsored by Channel 4 as part of their
grass roots sponsorship package which also includes Howzat!, Beach
Cricket, Street Cricket Inner City Programme and the Darren Gough
expects more than 5,000 children, in addition to the England Cricket
Team, to experience the thrill of virtual reality cricket this summer.
Game is complemented by digital images of Umpire David Shepherd
and commentary is provided by Mark Nicholas and Ian Bishop, both
of whom were recorded specifically for the game.
Peel, ECB Women's Club Cricket Development Officer for the North
East said "The Roadshow provides a great chance for boys and
girls to come along and have a go at cricket - whether it's playing
the game or commentating on it. We hope to see budding cricketers
or journalists from Durham, plus the best computer games players
- and that includes parents too!"
Captain, Clare Connor said "the England women's team have had
a go at the activities on the Roadshow and they're fantastic. Hopefully
parents and children can watch us play some exciting cricket on
both days, and have some fun on the Roadshow too".
further information, please contact Andrea Wiggins, ECB Media Relations
Officer, 07774 476400
Roadshow is manned by a permanent crew of four staff and regionally-based
fully qualified cricket development officers and coaches. The Roadshow
will visit 30 venues across the country, providing over 60 days
of activity expected to attract over 20,000 children.
Virtual Reality game has been developed by Leicester based market
leaders Maelstrom Virtual Productions. Actual bowling action was
motion captured earlier this year in a special facility at Granada
Studios, providing game players with a very accurate reproduction
of action and speed.