Friday 27 June 2014 

Victoria Win National Table Cricket Finals

Victoria Education and Sports College were crowned 2014 Lord's Taverners National Table Cricket champions after 10 schools battled it out at Lord's.

The schools were represented by disabled youngsters who had won through regional events to make it to the home of cricket.

The Lord's Taverners have now supported the event for 15 years, enabling more than 8,000 youngsters with severe physical disabilities enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

What Is Table Cricket?

Table cricket is one of the only accessible forms of cricket for young people with severe physical disabilities.

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket emulates running cricket in an environment where physically disabled youngsters can thrive.

View From The Lord's Taverners (Holly Colvin):

But this year had an added surprise when Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara dropped in.

Both were having a net in readiness for next weekend's MCC v Rest of the World match and Tendulkar offered advice to the youngsters and found time to bat with The Mosslands School, Wallasey.

The 10 teams competing at the finals this year were The Mosslands School (Wallasey), Ralph Thoresby School (Leeds), Penn Hall School (Wolverhampton), The Venerable Bede Academy (Sunderland), Brookfield House School (London), Lonsdale School (Stevenage), Victoria Education & Sports College (Poole), Portland College (Mansfield), Angmering School (Littlehampton) and South Gloucester (Bristol).

Present as Victoria Education & Sports College prevailed over the opposition, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Paul Downton paid tribute to the value of the day.

"It’s great to see so many children at the Home of Cricket who are not normally given the opportunity to play at Lord’s. 

"You can see that competition is just as fierce today in the Nursery Pavilion as it is out in the middle for able-bodied players, and congratulations to Victoria Education and Sports College for winning the Lord’s Taverners 2014 National Table Cricket Finals."

Dan Cook, team captain of the winning side, added: "It’s brilliant to win the Lord’s Taverners 2014 National Table Cricket Finals.

"We train every week and have worked really hard, progressing through qualifiers, regionals and now the finals here at Lord’s. 

"It means so much to play at such an iconic venue and I would encourage anyone, no matter the severity of their disability to sign up to play next year."

More Reaction: Listen as Table Cricket Ambassador Vicki Bell talks about how the game enables disabled people to enjoy what they can do without worrying about what they cannot:

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