Published: 21st June, 2018
Surrey and Yorkshire County Cricket Clubs are teaming up to live stream the match between the two clubs at Scarborough Cricket Club later this month, using four cameras.
The ground-breaking partnership has been made possible by broadcaster Sky Sports, who own the rights to broadcast all cricket played in England, giving special permission for the one off broadcast to go ahead.
As well as the Surrey and Yorkshire websites, the game will also be broadcast on Sky Sports Digital and the ECB website.
The production efforts will be shared between the two counties, with a special commentary team being put together for the occasion set to feature popular Surrey commentators Mark Church and Johnny Barran as well as a host of well known names from the past, present and futures of both counties. The game will still be covered ball by ball on BBC radio, as ever.
Thus far in 2018, every Surrey CCC home game has been streamed on the club website, kiaoval.com, using two fixed cameras, one at each end of the ground. Across the 15 days of domestic cricket the ground has hosted so far, well over 2,000,000 minutes have already been watched.
Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “It’s tremendously exciting to be able to work alongside Yorkshire and the ECB to put on a ‘first’ in English domestic cricket.
“The regular stream provided for all Surrey home matches is proving very popular indeed and so to be able to take it to the next level like this is fantastic, both for the county game and for Surrey fans who are unable to make it up to Scarborough.
“I would like to thank Yorkshire CCC, Sky Sports and the ECB for all their work in creating this unique partnership and very much look forward to enjoying the results at the end of this month.”
Yorkshire CCC Chief Executive, Mark Arthur, added: “This is a great example of two counties working together and communicating with one another to put on a show for those unable to make it over to Scarborough.
“Yorkshire’s famous out-ground has hosted the White Rose since 1876 and, for those unable to make the trip to the coast, it will be a pleasure to bring them a flavour of the Surrey fixture and North Marine Road through this unique broadcast.
“We must thank Surrey for their considerable support in making this happen, as well as the sport’s broadcast partner Sky Sports for their progressive stance and for waiving the broadcast rights on this occasion. We must also thank the England and Wales Cricket Board for supporting this idea from its very conception.
“Our message to the Members, supporters and stakeholders of both clubs is very much along the lines of ‘if you can’t be there, be there with us’”.