Tuesday 6th February saw nine Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) schools from across the county visit the historic Pavilion at The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury for the Annual Kent County Table Cricket Finals, the 2nd since the new rules of play were launched in September 2016.
With an innings consisting of 6 overs, each player bowls and bats one over each per game. Scoring zones allow for 1, 2, 4 or 6 to be accumulated by the batter, along with 4 for a wide or no ball and other more severe penalties of 6 for use of the hands by a fielder, can lead to some very high scoring games. But don’t worry, it isn't all a batter’s game, with the player losing 5 runs for each time they lose their wicket!
Defending County Champions Glebe School (Bromley) were joined by Valence School (Westerham), Canterbury College, Five Acre Wood School (Snodland), Milestone Academy (Wilmington), Woodside School (Belvedere), Helen Allison School & Rowhill School (both Longfield) and Bradfields Academy (Chatham).
Competing in 2 leagues, points were received for victories, runs scored and wickets taken with the final standings being;
1st - Valence School
2nd - Glebe School
3rd - Canterbury College
4th - Five Acre Wood School
5th - Milestone (@ Wilmington) Academy
6th - Woodside School
7th - Helen Allison School
8th - Rowhill School
9th - Bradfields Academy
The winners Valence School and the runners up, The Glebe, will now advance to the South East regional competition being held on 10th May 2018 and compete against other county winners from around the region.
Lord’s Taverners Disability and Kent Community Cricket Officer Dom Taylor said of the competition;
“Congratulations to all the teams who played with both concentration and smiles on their faces and showed the true Spirit of Cricket in their play today. Congratulations especially to eventual winners Valence School from Westerham and defending champions The Glebe, finishing in second place this year.
Since the relaunch of Table Cricket by the Lords Taverners in October 2016 we have delivered coaching of the new regulations to 21 Schools and Community Groups in Kent. The uptake has been amazing across the county and the enjoyment of all the participants (staff included!) is testimony to this fantastic form of the sport supported by The Lord’s Taverners.
Although this competition is aimed at those in the 11-25 years bracket, table cricket can be played by all, regardless of age and any disability and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss delivery to schools, community groups, day care providers and all others who may be interested.”
Further details of Table Cricket and all forms of disability cricket can be found within the Kent Community Cricket website Disability pages - http://www.kentcommunitycricket.co.uk/disability/