Disabled children from 6 Special Education Need (SEN) schools across the County took part in a Table Cricket competition at Grace Road on Tuesday 6th March 2012. The schools taking part in this competition were playing for a chance to represent Leicestershire at the Midlands heat where they would compete for a chance to progress to the national finals at Lords later this year.

The competition was organised by Leicestershire and Rultand Cricket and was supported on the day by Leicestershire CCC and the Leicestershire Lord Taverners committee. The national competition is funded by the Lord Taverners and so this was their opportunity to help raise the profile of disability sport locally.

Despite being aimed at those with physical disabilities, the Leicestershire competition is a PAN disability event which allows more schools and children to take part. A total of 7 teams took part in the competition and were divided into 2 pools with the winners of each pool playing each other in a final to determine the County Winner. A tie for points meant the Pool A winners had to be decided on the result between the 2 teams. This meant West Gate B played Ellesmere who were the eventual winners in the final. The results of all the games played can be seen in the document below;

County Table Cricket Results: 2012 TC Results

The Leicestershire Lord Taverners were able to secure sponsorship for the event which funded a Trophy for the winners and prizes for the schools taking part. Ashmount and West Gate school were drawn from a hat during the lunch that was organised and won 5 hours table cricket coaching for their school. This will be delivered by LRC later in the year.

Laura Joyce, Cricket Development Officer for LRC said:

“This years competition was a great success with more teams than ever taking part in the County competition. The behaviour and attitude of the players and staff was fantastic throughout and the games were played in the right spirit.”

Volunteers from Lancaster school received training to help them officiate the games. All 4 leaders did a fantastic job and were a real credit to themselves and the school.”

LRC would like to wish the schools attending the regional competition the very best of luck when they return to Grace Road on 20th April 2012.