The Kersey Cup 2006

Thursday April 27th 2006
By Andrew Dalby-Welsh, Development officer LCCA, Opportunity thru cricket

Once again The Kersey Cup was held at the MCC Indoor School, Lords Cricket Ground. We must say a big thank you to the MCC who provide this facility free of charge for the competition.

Seven teams entered The Kersey Cup this year and they were: George Abbott, Woking High, Linden Lodge, Oxted Mainstream, LCCA Lions, the Hampshire Hawks and the Sussex Sharks.

The London Lions, Woking High and the Hampshire Hawks made up Group A with the other four teams making up Group B. Each team played two games with the two group toppers going head to head in the final.

The curtain raising game saw Oxted Mainstream beat Linden Lodge with some great fielding and some sharp run outs giving them the runs advantage they needed to secure there first win. Group B started with the Hampshire Hawks taking on Woking High. The players from Woking High showed their experience of playing together for a number of years to beat the young Hampshire Hawks side. Big hitting David Allen made a real difference in this fixture hitting the back wall for six on more than one occasion.

The next fixture in this group gave the Hawks no rest bite they came up against the London Lions. The Lions players all who attend mainstream school have formed a real bond and have been tipped to win The Kersey Cup in the next two years. Some fast bowling from Joel Robinson and big hitting from Lions captain Mark Bond saw the Lions notch up their first victory. The Hawks are soon to benefit from a summer of coaching and look like they will be a real threat in years to come. The deciding game in this group was between the Lions and Woking. It was a real tense encounter with some frantic running at the death ensuring Woking High would go in to the 2006 Kersey Cup final. Only five runs separated the two teams at the end of the match.

The next game in Group A saw current holders the Sussex Sharks take on George Abbott. Sharks with their new skipper Joe Harrison notched up their first victory of the day. George Abbott performed excellently and showed that with further practice they could be a real contender in 2007.

Linden Lodge then took on George Abbott registering their first victory of the tournament. The group decider then took place between the Sharks and Oxted Mainstream. Oxted put the Sharks under pressure but the Sharks experience showed through and they notched up their second victory on the way to their fourth final in four years.

The Final:

The Sharks won the toss and put Woking in to bat. Nerves were definitely in evidence with Woking handing the Sharks a couple of run outs through some unlikely quick singles. However, Woking batted very well and included two B1s in their line up. It looked like they had posted a potentially match winning score of 67.

The Sharks response was strong, Joe Harrison in his last Kersey Cup used his experience to bat and support the younger and more inexperienced members of his team. The Sharks showed the benefits of regular practice by cleverly hitting the ball in to gaps and not taking any risks in their running. It was a tight game but Woking needed to take a wicket from their last over to gain victory but the Sharks managed to keep them out for an eight run victory.

Once again the tournament was a great success. The Sharks won for a fourth year running and are still yet to lose a game in The Kersey Cup. However, it was clear to see that many of the other teams are bridging the gap. 2007 should be a keenly fought tournament. The Sharks will lose experienced captain Harrison and could this lead to a new name appearing on the Kersey Cup!

Many thanks must go to Reg Horn, Manager of the MCC Indoor School, Alan Whetherly, the schools and parents who brought their children all of whom made the day such an enjoyable one to organise.

Hampshire youngsters to experience training and festival

Tuesday April 25th 2006
By Graham Carter

We are now offering three blind cricket training sessions per week in Hampshire. The training sessions are for junior players in school years 5 to 11 (children aged 9 to 16).

The training sessions will run as follows:

Location: Toynbee School, Eastleigh
Day and Time: Fridays 3:15 - 4:30
Contact: Graham Carter
Telephone: 02380 274266

Location: Redbridge School, Southampton
Day and Time: Wednesday's, 4.30 - 6.00
Contact: Jeff Levick
Phone: 01962 620247

Location: HMS Teamearare, Portsmouth.
Day and Time: Thursdays 5.00 - 6.00
Contact: Les Randall
Telephone: 02392 340343

We are looking to arrange training in the Basingstoke area as well, but this is still to be confirmed and we'll let you know details if it happens.
On Tuesday June 27th there will be a Hampshire blind cricket festival at Hampshire's county ground the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
This festival is specifically for players who attend the training sessions and after the training and festival we will be picking a Hampshire county junior team.
This junior team will play Sussex juniors and possibly other junior sides during this summer.
If any other blind cricket teams have junior sides and would like to take on the Hampshire juniors they should get in touch with Graham Carter.
It is hoped that this will continue next year, and we will be looking to start an adult team over the next couple of years. If there is anyone out there who would like to play (junior, adult, OAP!) or help out in any way, please contact Graham Carter, or one of the contacts listed above.

The Kersey Cup 2004

On Wednesday 21st April 2004 the Kersey Cup was held at the Lord's Indoor Cricket School. This year the Kersey Cup was organised by the LCCA in partnership with BBS. The Kersey Cup is a junior cricket tournament for young people with a visual impairment.

The tournament was a great success with more teams taking part than ever before. The tournament was organised in a league format and the teams competing for the trophy were Sussex Sharks, Hampshire Hawks, Woking High School, Linden Lodge School, London Boys and London Girls. The tournament had a strong competitive edge whilst allowing time for the players to receive guidance from the LCCA's coaches Mike Thompson and Tony Joseph. The players also received support from England International Geoff Smith and LSF's Allan Whetherly.

Each side played a minimum of three games with Sussex Sharks being crowned champions after beating the Hampshire Hawks in the last game of the day. All sides not only showed great skills and team work throughout the day but played their games in the right spirit. Both of the London sides who are very new to the game of blind cricket showed a great fighting spirit when coming up against the more experienced sides. However the London Girls had the last laugh when they beat the London Boys side in their last game. It is hoped that in future events the two sides from London will merge to be a very competitive outfit.

Linden Lodge School performed very well throughout the day. They were without a few of their most experienced blind cricketers and rumour has it if they were at full strength they would have run the Sharks very close.

Woking High School similarly competed well throughout the day and they have a couple of players who are registering a keen interest in becoming future England internationals.

As the teams drifted away at the end of a long day of hard fought cricket the comments were of a good competition, which, enabled the children to not only compete with each other but to also work as a team. The children used and developed skills they will be able to use when they hopefully play the game of Blind Cricket for a number of years to come.

Produced by Andrew Dalby-Welsh 26th April 2004.


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