Essex County Cricket Board has developed its cricketing accessibility with the recent formation of the Essex Tigers Visually Impaired Cricket Club, who are affiliated with the County team.
The team is made up of a mix of experience and youth and contains many players from the Essex / East London area. The aim of the club is to encourage Visually Impaired players from across the county to experience a form of cricket developed specifically to be accessible for them.
Two representatives from the club, Charles Ronayne and Dave Burt met with Tom Foster from BBC Radio Essex and Tracey Davies the ECCB Cricket Development Manager to record a segment for Tom Foster’s “Essex and Proud” show, which was played out around Easter, with Essex Head Coach Paul Grayson also having a go at playing the game. Images of the event can be sent upon request by replying to this email.
If you are interested in watching the Tigers in action, they will be doing a short demonstration during the Southend Festival on Sunday August 9th and will also have several home games later in the season as below:
Saturday May 16th* South Wales Dragons Flanders Field League
Sunday May 31st Hampshire VICC Southampton League
Sunday June 7th* Eastern Vipers Harold Wood Cup Q/F
Sunday June 14th Birmingham SVICC Wolverhampton League
Saturday June 20th* Sussex Sharks VICC Bocking CC League
Saturday July 11th Warwickshire Bears VICC TBC League
Saturday August 1st Metro Sports TBC League
Other possible dates:
Saturday July 4th Cup Semi-Finals TBC Cup Semi
Saturday Aug 22nd Cup Final Date Edgbaston Cup Final
If you would like any more information on Visually Impaired cricket in the county or would like to get involved you can contact Charles Ronayne by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracey Davies at Essex, email: email@example.com who can also give you information on other disability cricket development within the county.
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