Newton looking to grow after success on and off the wicket

NEWTON Cricket Club is already looking to get bigger and better in 2020 – despite a hugely successful 2019.

And while the men did the business by earning promotion to the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League, division one, women may soon be able to get involved.

For club bosses at Barmhouse Lane are looking into ways of tapping into the boom in ladies’ cricket.

Now it is hoped they will operate womens’ and girls’ sides this year, with a friendly ‘league’ for 2020 in the pipeline, with a view to setting up properly for 2021.

On the wicket, Newton will take their place among the elite after finishing third in division two behind Stalybridge St Paul’s and Tintwistle.

And they face a ‘derby’ of sorts as they will face near neighbours Broadbottom, who finished third in division one.

And a match may well be streamed live on the internet as part of ambitious new plans by the league committee.

It has decided, dependant on cost, broadcasting top flight matches may well be the way to go after hearing a presentation from Ben Lester from Waffle, a company that helps stream local league matches.

A camera is permanently set up on the sightscreen and then can be adjusted for each game, with a live stream on Facebook.

The go ahead has not been given yet but it may be another exciting development for a club on the up.

As well as the first team’s promotion, Newton’s Under-11s and U17s also won trophies.

The club will also be running the All Stars programme for five to eight-year-olds and the new Dynamos programme for eight to 11-year-olds.

And it raised more than £600 for Manchester’s Christie Hospital after launching its new charity partnership initiative in 2019 – with more money yet to come.

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