Thursday 10 May 2007 

Rose Bowl To Stage Tri-Nations Learning Disabilities Tournament

The Rose Bowl to Stage Opening Matches in first ever ECB Tri-Nations Learning Disabilities Tournament to be played in England

The Rose Bowl will stage another first on 6th June when it hosts the ECB Tri-Nations Tournament for Cricketers with Learning Disability.

This follows a successful tournament held in November 2005 in Cape Town, when players with learning disabilities first had the opportunity to represent their country in an international tournament.

“There is no real reason that players with learning disabilities should not become excellent players” said Jeff Levick, Co-ordinator for Disabled Cricket in Hampshire. “The biggest problems they face are caused by short attention spans and the difficulty in recalling complex actions and situations. This means that cricket imposes really hard disciplines and more application and repetition for them than for the rest of us.”

The players face a gruelling schedule. After the first two matches at The Rose Bowl with England taking on Australia in the opening match on 6th June, and Australia following on with a match against South Africa on the 7th, the schedule reads as follows:

8th June - England v South Africa - Lords Nursery ground
11th June - South Africa v Australia – Hove
12th June - England v South Africa – Hove
14th June - England v Australia – Arundel
15th June - Final - Arundel

All matches start at 11:00 am.

In addition the England squad have played warm up matches against the North and South Physically Disabled teams.

The England squad of sixteen players includes three from Hampshire and two from the Isle of Wight. Hampshire participants are Lee Jay, who captains the side, Danny West and Gavin Randall. The IOW players include 21 year old Dougie Randall and 26 year old Peter Brown, who started playing as a 15 year old for the Arreton Club. Lee was introduced to cricket by the Hampshire Cricket Board special schools’ coaching programme and developed his game through the disabled county championship. Danny, Gavin, Dougie and Peter have all benefited from the comprehensive coaching provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Cricket Boards over the past 7 years.

Jeff Levick continued, “The fact that we have a third of the total squad from this area reflects well on the great efforts put in during that time by the cricket coaches on the mainland and on the island, who aim to provide a cricketing future for all.”

Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, Tim Tremlett commented,

“Hampshire Cricket is delighted to be hosting the Tri-Nation Learning Disabilities Tournament and hopes that everybody involved with the Event enjoys their Rose Bowl experience.”

There will be a demonstration of coaching carried out in special schools before the Tri-Nation tournament match on 7th June.

Hampshire Cricket and The Rose Bowl continue to support for all forms of disability cricket. Over the past three years we have staged the Disability County Final twice, a match from the Blind Ashes series and are planning to launch the Hampshire Under 19 Visually Impaired team with matches against Surrey and Sussex in July.