Cricket club catches victory for creating original poem

A cricket club has won a new kit and washing machine for its under 13s team after penning a poem about the game.

Rushden Town Cricket Club is one of 20 nationwide to be awarded the prize from AEG in an initiative to support grassroots sport, having pitched why they should win on Facebook.

The prize means the club is one step closer to winning one of three coaching sessions with an ex-international player, like former England captain Andrew Strauss OBE, who is backing the scheme.

Players will design a bespoke cricket kit and receive an AEGÖKOMix washing machine before entering a public vote to decide the final three.

The Rushden club impressed judges with its original poem, including lines such as “The lads of Rushden love their cricket, but we face a sticky wicket,” helping them seal their victory.

Cricket star Andrew Strauss said: “Congratulations to Rushden Town CC - having read their poem it is clear that they are a hugely deserving winner.”

The public vote at Facebook/AEG opens in September.