First Lancashire Deaf Squad makes its debut
On Sunday 6th July 2014 the Lancashire Cricket Board Deaf Squad made their debut in county cricket as part of a triangular Twenty20 competition hosted at Rokeby School, Surrey.
A squad of 18 players had undergone a coaching programme led by England Deaf Internationals Joel Harris and James Dixon. An enjoyable day was had by all; our thanks go to the players families for their support and to the Surrey Cricket Board for hosting the event.
Lancashire v Surrey
Lancashire- 108-8 lost to Surrey 138-3 by 28 runs
Lancashire bowled first and started really well with good pressure applied by the openers, but after Surrey saw off James Dixon they accelerated the scoring through the middle and later stages. Batting then proved harder work for Lancashire against a more experienced Surrey attack leading to a defeat by 28 runs despite Derek Graham scoring a fantastic 50.
Lancashire v England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) ‘Development Squad’
Lancashire 108-6 lost to ECAD Development 110-2 by 8 wickets
Lancashire batted first and after a slow start picked the scoring rate up as the innings progressed, showing improvements from the first fixture, in reply the ECAD reached the required target fairly comfortably but the young Lancashire bowlers showed much promise moving forward.
Well done to Chris Flynn who was named Young Player of the Tournament.
James Cutt, LCB's Disability Cricket Development Officer, said: “Joel and James have done some fantastic work with regard to Deaf Cricket across the county this year and the formation of this squad is testament to their hard work. We look forward to building on this success and moving forward Deaf Cricket in Lancashire.”
For more information on Deaf Cricket contact LCB Deaf Coach Joel Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) or LCB Disability Cricket Development Officer James Cutt (email@example.com or 0161 868 6860 / 07595 520536).