Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket held the 2013 Table Cricket Competition at Grace Road which featured 4 Special Educational Needs schools from around the county. Maplewell Hall, West Gate School, Birkett House and Ellesmere competed in the round-robin competition which was supported by 9 young leaders from Lancaster School and the Leicestershire Lord’s Taverners.

The competition, an adaptation of traditional cricket played on table tennis tables, provided some fantastic competition and some impressive high scores.  It was great to see every team win at least one game, highlighting the high level of competition on show during the day.

It was therefore an impressive performance from the Maplewell Hall students, who took the title by winning all 4 of their games and scored above 100 runs in all of their innings and were worthy champions. It was a close tie for second place, with the eventual placing decided through the most runs scored over the 4 matches. Ellesmere and West Gate 2 were the two teams in deadlock, with West Gate 2 taking the 2nd place medals beating Ellesmere’s total by just 14 runs with a grand total of 392 runs.

It was fantastic to see all the pupils enjoying not only the competitive side of the game, but also the social side with many of the pupils spending some time chatting to pupils from the other schools, I am sure new friendships were made during the course of the day.

Finally I would like to thank the Lancaster young leaders who did a fantastic job officiating and scoring the games and helping with some of the administrative duties. I would also like to thank the Leicestershire Lord’s Taverners who provided support for the day such as the trophy and medals, food and drink for the teachers, carers and guests invited to the day.


Tom Leonard