Ability Cricket Update
Staffordshire Wolves VI team completed their season in the Blind Cricket England & Wales Regional League with an away fixture v Wavertree Merseyside and came up short despite Shazad Chohan scoring an unbeaten 119, the first century by a Staffordshire player in this format of the game. Staffs were 198 all out despite Shazad’s efforts, Wavertree finished on 199 for 6 wickets, Zeb Khan taking 2 wickets for 29 runs.
Captain Dave Mattox was nominated as one of the Partially Sighted Players of the season across the Regional Leagues and Mazen Malik as one of the Young Players of the season.
Staffs VI Wolves took part in the BCEW Development Weekend at Leicester University and were involved in 5 very competitive matches, winning 3 and losing 2 by tight margins, to finish a creditable 7th, Andy Causton picking up the Totally Blind Player of the weekend to cap a memorable season for the Wolves.
Indoor training will start in January at the Sports Centre, Wolverhampton University, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton in readiness for the 2019 season.
Staffordshire Ability team finished runners up to a very strong Derbyshire Merlins in the ECB Super9s North Division this season, another great effort from the players. The season highlight has to be Kieron McKinney being selected to represent England LD in their tour of Holland for some friendly matches.
Indoor training will start in November at Clayton Sports Centre on Sunday afternoons.
A successful funding application to the Lords Taverners will see more special schools invited to experience playing Table Cricket with county competitions in February 2019.
We now have 3 Walking Cricket groups established, Newcastle (Mondays 6-7.30pm), Stone (Wednesdays 5.30-7pm) and Walsall, Wednesdays 2-4pm) with hopefully a new group starting in Burntwood very soon. As the name suggests, this format of the game is played at walking pace and as well as delivering cricketing skills to players who may not have played for some time or to players completely new to cricket, the format provides an exciting way to keep fit and active as well as socialising opportunities.
Staffordshire Cricket’s first Walking Cricket Festival will take place on Thursday 6th December, 10am-2pm at Fenton Manor Sports Centre.
If you would like more information about the growing opportunities available across Staffordshire, please contact Steve Lightfoot: 07789 265618 or email@example.com