Hampshire and Essex join blind cricket
This season will see two new teams and one renamed side playing in the BCEW league and BBS Cup as well as a new competition, the BCEW Twenty20 cup launched.
The big news is that the former players of London Sports voted unanimously to leave the club and form Essex Tigers VICC. This gives the new side strong links with both Essex county cricket club and county cricket board as well as improved development and financial situations.
Hampshire VICC have also joined up as a brand new side. Development work has been going on in the couty for some time now and in September they felt they were ready to apply for entry to both the league and cup competitions.
Northants VI.XI.NS are also no more, the club have changed their name to Northants Steelbacks to mirror the able-bodied county side.
The BCEW league this year is comprised of 8 teams playing each other once in a straight forward round robin format, so each side will play 7 league games. The entrants are: Birmingham SCVI, Essex Tigers, Hampshire VICC, Metro, Northants Steelbacks, South Wales Dragons, Sussex Sharks and Warwickshire Bears.
The BBS Cup has 10 entrants, the 8 mentioned above plus Eastern Vipers and Northern Galloways.
The new competition is the BCEW Twenty20, this will be made up of 7 of the 8 BCEW teams, with Essex unable to enter this seasons Twenty20. Instead the 8th team are a combined team called London Vipers formed only for this competition. The competition will be made up of 4 quarter finals with the winners qualifying for a finals day at Leamington Spa CC on September 19th. This day will include semi-finals followed by a final.
England are hoping to play a summer series but this is not yet confirmed and blind cricketers will be appearing at at least two matches during the able-bodied Ashes series this summer, including a demonstration during the Lords test.
So itís set to be a packed summer and once fixtures are confirmed at the end of February we will publish the full fixture list on this website.