Lancashire Lions VICC Exceed Expectations with Historic Win
Following the success of their inaugural season in 2012 as champions of the Blind Cricket England & Wales Development League, Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Cricket Club took the bold step of immediately stepping up to the County Championship programme in 2013.
Captain Sheraz Chohan and his team have made a huge impression picking up a hard fought draw away to title favourites Yorkshire and followed this up by thrashing Hampshire by 10 wickets for the clubs first ever league victory leaving them currently third in the league standings (see below).
Current BCEW League Table (standings at 02 July 2013)
1. London Metro
Played: 4 Won: 2 Drew: 2 Lost: 0 Bat pts: 13 Bowl Pts: 9 Total: 62
2. Yorkshire VICC
Played: 3 Won: 2 Drew: 1 Lost: 0 Bat pts: 12 Bowl Pts: 10 Total: 56
3. Lancashire Lions
Played: 4 Won: 1 Drew: 1 Lost: 2 Bat pts: 9 Bowl Pts: 10 Total: 39
4. Warwickshire Bears
Played: 2 Won: 1 Drew: 1 Lost: 0 Bat pts: 8 Bowl Pts: 7 Total: 35
5. Sussex Sharks
Played: 3 Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 2 Bat pts: 11 Bowl Pts: 9 Total: 34
6. Northants Steelbacks
Played: 2 Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 1 Bat pts: 7 Bowl Pts: 5 Total: 26
7. Hampshire VICC
Played: 4 Won: 0 Drew: 1 Lost: 3 Bat pts: 6 Bowl Pts: 2 Total: 14
Head Coach Ian Leather said: “The Lions are a brand new squad of players with no experience playing at this level. All the opposition have international players in their squads, therefore our expectations coming into the season was purely to gain match experience. However the team ethic has been superb and we have clearly punched above our weight which has created an air of confidence around the team.”
Whilst the team has struggled scoring runs, the recent inclusion of Russell Brown has boosted the top order and took the Hampshire bowling apart with an incredible 71 not out in 28 balls.
However it has been the bowling of Sheraz Chohan, Shah Miah, Amjad Khan, Rasheed Khan, Danny Clarke and the Sabir brothers that have shown to have immediately stepped up to the higher grade of cricket by constantly pressuring the opposition and taking wickets.
In addition to the First XI performances the club’s development team are on the way to retaining the Development League title with two convincing wins against Yorkshire and Nottingham Knights.
The club has come a long way in a short period of time but in reality has only scratched the surface when it comes to reaching out to the visually impaired community of Lancashire and would welcome any help from corporate or individual agencies to support its development programmes.
For more information on how you can help or if you are visually impaired and are interested and trying our form of the game please do not hesitate to contact us:
Head Coach and Development Manager, Ian Leather: 07738478364 or [email protected].
Club Captain: Sheraz Chohan: 07581351786 or [email protected].
To get up-to-date information on the Blind Cricket England & Wales, its leagues and programmes visit: www.bcew.org.