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The Kersey Cup Finalists, 2007

LCCA Lions claim first Kersey Cup Victory

By Andy Dalby-Welsh

On Thursday 26th April at the MCC Indoor School at the Lords Cricket Ground history was made… A new team had their name engraved on the trophy.

The last four years has seen the Sussex Sharks dominate but this year it was a different story. The day got off to a tricky start with the Hampshire Hawks being heavily delayed by a nasty accident in Hampshire. Crown Woods School were due to enter the tournament for the first year but had to pull out due to a fire in central London, which left all routes grid locked. The carefully drawn leagues went out the window early doors with the transport issues and the draw was made as teams made their way into the MCC Indoor School!

The holders of the tournament Sussex Sharks contested a group with George Abbott School, Hampshire Hawks B and Linden Lodge. Last year’s finalists Woking High found themselves battling it out in a group with the LCCA Lions, Hampshire Hawks A and the LCCA Eagles.

The groups were keenly contested with some tight games, some fantastic hitting and a great spirit all round. Each team played two games with the winner of each group making their way to the final. George Abbott and the Sussex Sharks took part in a dramatic and nail biting bowl out after both teams had won two games. After a delivery from each bowler the bowl out went in to sudden death and the Sharks pipped George Abbott. Sadly George Abbott went home ruing that they didn’t face the Sharks and felt that head to head in a six over game they would have come out on top. Dan Field former captain of the Sussex Sharks who had been lending his coaching expertise to George Abbott this year said “George Abbott were unlucky you know. I fancy with the way they have improved this year, we could have seen them beat the Sharks”

The other group saw the LCCA Lions come out on top. The Lions are a team made up of young visually impaired people who attend mainstream education and have trained together regularly for the last 18 months. The other teams in the group contested their games closely each taking points off of one and other but the Lions were deserved winners.

The final was the closest yet. The scorer kept the running totals close to his chest and when the final ball of the tournament had been bowled neither team were 100% sure if they were to be crowned the Kersey Cup champions of 2007. Mark Bond captained his Lions well and Ben Breen the only B1 player in the final made a big impact with tidy bowling and some sharp fielding.

At the end of the tournament when the scores were read out it was the Lions who could celebrate a narrow 9 run victory. The Sharks had finally been beaten and they left the arena working out when they could start training again in preparation for next year’s Kersey Cup!

The tournament was organised by the LCCA – Opportunity Through Cricket and had more than 50 young visually impaired people taking part. The standard and spirit of the tournament was fantastic and huge thanks must go to the MCC who kindly supply a world-class facility for this great tournament. We must also thank Robert Flemming from The Primary Club and Richard Anstey from the Brian Johnson Memorial Trust for presenting the medals and the trophy on the special day. Also thank you to all teachers and coaches who ensured, in adverse circumstances, that your teams got there and the day was a success.

The LCCA have a very exciting summer of cricket for the visually impaired planned and if you want to be involved then please contact Andy on 07786 238168 or andy@dalby-welsh.fsnet.co.uk

Hampshire Blind Cricket development a big success

By Graham Carter

On Sunday 15th July the Hampshire under 19 Blind Cricket team will be playing host to Surrey and Sussex at the Rose Bowl. This fixture is a culmination of a great deal of dedication, hard training, and much appreciated coaching and support from both professionals and parents. Training began this season with three 5 hour sessions at the indoor school at the Rose Bowl. These were very well attended, with players ranging from 10 to 19 years of age and a complete range of visual abilities.

Thanks must go to Jeff, Les and Andy for their expert coaching, a special thanks to Sue, Chris, and Mike for their dedication and support in these sessions. All players I am sure would like to thank their parents for transporting them to and from the ground. These sessions have been backed up with a weekly session at Toynbee School on a Monday from 15:15 - 16:30. Again these sessions have been extremely well attended and will continue for the duration of the summer term.

On Thursday 26th April, 14 under 16 players travelled to London to compete in the Kersey Cup, a six-a-side competition held at the Indoor School in Lords. Eight teams from Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and London entered, with the eventual winners coming from London. All the Hampshire squad played to the best of their ability and more importantly were fantastic ambassadors for their families, their schools and for blind cricket in Hampshire.

Over the next few months there are a number of events that either the under 16's or under 19s will be competing in, as follows:

Date 			Venue 		   Against 			   Team
Wednesday 9th May 	Arundel CC 	   Linden Lodge Special School 	   Under 16 
Friday 1st June 		LCCA Wallington 	   Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Middlesex 	   Under 16 
Sunday 3rd June 		LCCA Wallington 	   Surrey, Sussex  		   Under 19 
Sunday 15th July 	The Rose Bowl 	   Surrey, Sussex 	 		   Under 19 
TBA 			TBA 	   	   Surrey, Sussex 	 	   	   Under 19 
TBA 			Portsmouth CC 	   The End of Season BBQ 		   All invited!! 

We are now at a very exciting stage in the development of blind cricket in Hampshire. It is to the future we are now looking in order that we can further develop the cricket - who knows, maybe one day soon we will see an adult Hampshire Blind Cricket team, and perhaps a Hampshire player wearing an England shirt. If you would like further information, would like to have some coaching (all ages and abilities) or would like to help out in any way, please contact:

Graham Carter
Chairperson Hampshire Blind Cricket Association
g.carter@toynbee.hants.sch.uk
Tel: 07706 124 370

Hampshire to host Visually Impaired Cricket training days

Hampshire are running three blind cricket coaching days at the county cricket club's ground the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
These will take place during April in the grounds indoor school with the aim of setting up both an under 19 team and an adult team in the county.
These follow the days they ran last year. As well as players the county are looking for potential umpires, scorers and others who can help organise the teams.
So if you want to play blind cricket in Hampshire or get involved in any other way please come along to one of these training days.
There is no cost for attending any of these training days.

Dates, times and venues for training sessions:
Saturday April 14th, 10Am-3PM at the Rose Bowl
Saturday April 21st, 10Am-3PM at the Rose Bowl
Saturday April 28th, 10Am-3PM at the Rose Bowl

If you are interested in getting involved as a player or to help in any of the ways described above please contact Graham Carter by either:

Phone: 07706 124370
E-mail: G.carter@toynbee.hants.sch.uk

Andrew Strauss becomes president of Primary Club junior section

Story from www.cricketworld.com/wbcc

England batsman Andrew Strauss became president of the Primary Club Juniors, a new section of the well-known cricketers' charity for the blind and partially sighted.

"I'm delighted to take on the role of president and I'm hoping that any youngsters who love cricket as much as I do will want to get involved in helping other children who are less fortunate than themselves," he said.

As part of today's launch at the Brit Oval, Strauss joined blind and partially sighted youngsters at Linden Lodge School in Wandsworth and later played cricket with them wearing a blindfold.

"Having spent time with the children at Linden Lodge, I've witnessed first hand the results that can be achieved when blind and partially sighted children are given the opportunity to develop talents and skills through specialist equipment, support and training," said the England opener.

Roger Legate, head teacher at Linden Lodge school, said:" We have lots of children with little or no sight and many have additional special educational needs. Andrew's visit was fantastic and really made their day. To talk with and play alongside an England cricketer was a once in a lifetime experience. Our children love sport and the opportunity to meet a sporting hero is a dream come true for them."

Joining the Primary Club Juniors costs £15 for individuals and £8 for team membership. Full details can be found at www.primaryclub.org/juniors

Derek Underwood, the record-breaking former England spin bowler who is Patron of the Primary Club said:

"Having celebrated our Jubilee last year, we're really excited to be entering a new era for The Primary Club. There's no better way to mark this milestone than to launch a special branch of the club for under 18s.

"While we've had young members before, it's great that they now have their own club merchandise and website and are also able to involve their classmates by learning about the role sport can play in helping people with disabilities," he added.

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