Lancashire Incrediball Claim First Hardball Victory
The Lancashire Disability Incrediball squad played their first ever Hardball fixture in the National Disabled Cricket League against Northamptonshire on Sunday 26 May at Denton West CC.
Lancashire are the current County Champions of the ECB / BACD Incrediball National County Championship. The squad are regarded as the development county team playing with a softer cricket ball. The aim of the squad and competition is to introduce players with a disability to cricket and help them progress to playing cricket in the first team known as the Hardball squad. This fixture is the first of its kind giving players the opportunity to compete against opposition using a conventional cricket ball.
Lancashire lost the toss and were invited to bat on a glorious sunny day. Lancs got off to a bad start losing both openers with only 21 on the board. This though brought together Callum Savage and new man Mark McDonald who put on a partnership of 80, before Mark was caught for 33. Next to go was Callum who departed for 34 the very next ball. Zac Green and Stefan Holmes combined together to take to total onto 210 before Stefan was run out for 43. Waqas Khan’s wicket fell quickly, which left Zac and John Simpson to close the innings on 218 for 6 from 40 overs. Zac finishing with 56 not out, his second fifty for the County.
Northants in reply were bowled out for 82, thanks to some great bowling by all the Lancs bowlers, in particular Waqas Khan 6-16, Mark McDonald 2-3 and Adam Wilson 2-0 the pick of the bowlers.
Credit for this win must go to everyone who really played as a squad and for each other.
Lancashire’s next game is against Derbyshire at Middleton CC on the 9th June, 1pm start, all are welcome to watch.
Alan Foster (Coach / Manager Lancashire Disabled Incrediball Cricket)
Follow both Lancashire Disability Hardball and Incrediball squad fixtures at: Lancashire Disability County Fixtures 2013.