Lancashire Cricket Deaf side come second in national competition
Lancashire Cricket's Deaf side made the annual journey to The Willows Sports Centre in Derby in search of the English Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) Indoor crown, last won in 2016.
The ECAD competition is 8 a-side, 8 overs per innings with players batting in pairs. 5 runs are lost for the loss of each wicket, with each player bowling 1 over. 6 points are awarded for a win, 3 for a tie and 0 for a loss. Teams can also pick up bonus points, known as skins.
The corresponding batting pair in each team (that is: partnership 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4) will compete for an additional 2 points which will be awarded to the pair making the highest partnership. Two skins points are offered for each corresponding pair, making a total of 8 skins points per game.
LCF Deaf started strongly, convincingly defeating Nottinghamshire by 45 runs before coming up against familiar faces in the Birmingham side. LCF Deaf played an instrumental in assisting BID services develop a deaf cricket side, and spent some time in the Midlands last season to enable the group to learn the complex indoor rules.
An exceptional bowling display led to another crushing victory, this time by 55 runs. The lunch break wasn’t great for the red rose side, a defeat against old foes followed before we regrouped to comprehensively defeat the ECAD Academy side by 38 runs to guarantee a semi-final spot.
LCF Deaf 41 (4 skins) v Nottinghamshire -4
LCF Deaf 26 (3 skins) v Birmingham BID Services -29 (1 skin)
LCF Deaf 23 (1 skin) v Surrey 35 (3 skins)
LCF Deaf 53 (2 skins) v ECAD Academy 15 (2 skins)
LCF had to defeat earlier victors Surrey to reach the final, and led by player coach Joel Harris, they did exactly that, reversing the earlier result by claiming a 46 run victory, LCF Deaf 59 (4 skins) v Surrey 13 (0). The sixth game of the day came against the youthful ECAD Academy, but despite a player of the match performance from captain James Dixon, LCF Deaf suffered final heartache, and lost by 9 runs, LCF Deaf 23 (1 skin) v ECAD Academy 32 (3 skins).
James Dixon and Joel Harris were both awarded 2 player of the match awards, Oliver Aspinall and Neil Pritchard were the leading wicket takers on the day with 9 apiece, and James Dixon was the third most valuable player on the day. Matachen Abraham, of LCF Deaf, was loaned to ECAD Academy for the day and he was the second top scorer for his adopted team in the final.
Rob Tipping, LCB Disability Manager added: “Congratulations to ECAD for staging the biggest indoor cricket event to date, the organisation of the day was fantastic.
"The side now look forward to competitive red ball fixtures against Surrey, ECAD Academy and Nottinghamshire. The squad are also looking for friendlies against Lancashire club sides (3rd team/ development team level) throughout the season”