Ability Cricket Update
Visual Impairment Cricket
Staffordshire Wolves VI Captain Dave Mattox was named as the Beacon Centre for the Blind Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at a recent presentation evening, Dave was up against other inspiring people with visual impairments, what a fantastic evening celebrating all who take part in sport and overcome barriers.
Steve’s nomination reads “Dave has always been a hardworking guy, working as a self-employed plumber until he contracted acute sarcoidosis of the lungs, which has affected the optic nerve and left him severely sighted in 2014. I recall a comment from him that he was sitting in his conservatory wondering what he would do with the rest of his life. Fortunately for Staffordshire Wolves VI team, he found cricket and has literally become obsessed with improving his batting and bowling skills – in addition to our team training sessions, Dave practises a couple of times every week either on his own or with a close pal from the team.
This season he has taken on the role of captain and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all the players are given opportunities to contribute on match days – we have a real mix of personalities with different visual impairments and therefore skill sets, so it’s not an easy job but Dave has won the respect of all the players as captain of the team. Being captain can affect a player’s individual performances but Dave will be picking up the Staffordshire Wolves VI Bowler of the Year Award at Staffordshire Cricket’s Celebration Night later this month as recognition for his performances this season. As Manager of the Wolves, Dave and myself speak regularly and I really appreciate his contribution to the team.”
Indoor training sessions start at Wolverhampton University, City Sports Centre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY, on Sunday 13th January 2019, 2-4pm.
The Ability Cricket representative squad have already started their indoor training at Clayton Sports Centre, December dates are Sunday 2nd 12.30-2.30pm and Sunday 16th 2.30-4.30pm.
Players Sarkib Din and Kieron McKinney are training with the England Disability Lions squad at Derbyshire County Cricket Indoor School Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. Keep up the good work guys!
Through investment from the Lords Taverners, we now have an extensive coaching programme for developing Table Cricket which will lead to local competitions across the county before February 2019 half-term, 2 schools will represent Staffordshire at the Quarter Final stage to be held at Edgbaston with the Table Cricket finals being hosted at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Watch this space for monthly updates.
The inaugural Staffordshire Walking Cricket Festival takes place at Fenton Manor Sports Centre, 10am-2pm on Thursday 6th December.
As the name suggests the game is played at walking place and as well as delivering cricketing skills to players who may not have played for a while, or to new players, the format provides an exciting way to keeping active and fit. Aimed at people over the age of 50, the game also is able to provide an opportunity for people to socialise and get involved in a very interesting format of the game.
We have 5 established Walking Cricket groups with another 2 new groups hopefully starting before Christmas so plenty of opportunities to get involved.
|Walking Cricket Groups||Started||Day||Time||Venue|
|Newcastle||January 9th 2017||Monday||6-7.30pm||Excel Academy, Milton|
|Stone||July 26th 2017||Wednesday||5.30-7pm||Alleynes Sports Centre|
|Walsall||August 1st 2018||Wednesday||2-4pm||Sneyd Community Centre|
|Lichfield||November 8th 2018||Thursday||3.30-5pm||Burntwood Leisure Centre|
|Walsall||November 9th 2018||Friday||1-3pm||Bloxwich Active Living|
|Stafford||TBC||Monday||2-4pm ??||Stafford Leisure Centre|
|Cannock||TBC||Wednesday||TBC||Chase Leisure Centre|
Walking Cricket gives the opportunity for people to play a format of the game that may be seen as more accessible than other current formats.
As the name suggests the game is played at walking place and as well as delivering cricketing skills to players who may not have played for a while, or for new players. The format provides an exciting way to keeping active and fit.
Aimed at people over the age of 55, the game also is able to provide an opportunity for people to socialise and get involved in a very interesting format of the game.
For more information contact:
Disability Cricket Officer