Come to the Santander Disability Cricket Day

Tue, May 22, 2012 7:21 PM

Come to the Santander Disability Cricket Day
Ten children from Le Murier School and 4 adults including Neil Hunter, Mike Kinder, Marge Kinder and David Hooper will be attending the Sussex Cricket Fun Day at Hove on Thursday 24 May.

Thanks to support from the Lady Taverners and ABN AMRO the children will play in matches against teams from Sussex, receive coaching, try out the new ECB Cricket Roadshow and watch the CB40 match between Sussex CCC and Yorkshire CCC.

Cricket Development Manager, Jason Shambrook was delighted with the progress made by the team. “It all started with conversations between Neil Hunter at the school, Zoe Cousens from the Lady Taverners and myself on how we could get the children at the school involved in cricket. We formed a lunchtime club which is run by Mike, Neil and Dave and before we knew it we had a trip to Hove planned which further develops our link with Sussex County Cricket Club”.

The party fly out on Wednesday for two nights in the UK and will spend the whole day on Thursday at the County Ground.

During the summer the Guernsey Cricket Board will also be running sessions involving the Guernsey Sports Association for the Disabled aimed at developing cricket amongst the adult members.

It is hoped that a team will compete in an indoor cricket competition in Jersey later in the year.

There are also plans for the introduction of Table Cricket on the Island which helps players to develop coordination and perceptual impairments.

“Basically the game is played using a table tennis table where the sides are built up to include fielders”, said Shambrook, “The ball is rolled down a bowling tube and the batter hits the ball trying to avoid the fielders to score points”. The Guernsey Cricket Board will be bringing the National Table Cricket Development Officer Mark Dowling to Guernsey to help launch the game towards the end of the summer.

“We want everyone who wants access to play cricket to be given the chance to enjoy the game at whatever level they aspire to”, said Shambrook, “The development of sport is about creating opportunities for people to enjoy the health, competitive and social aspects”.

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