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Shropshire Disability Cricket Blog May 2019 in Association with Besblock

Shropshire Disability Cricket Blog May 2019 in Association with Besblock
Shropshire Disability Cricket Blog May 2019 in Association with Besblock

After last seasons near miss for the D40 team in the ECB National Final and the Super 9s defeat in the ECB National Semi-Final, it’s been a busy winter for the Shropshire Disability squad as we prepare for the season ahead.

At the Shropshire Cricket Board presentation evening, Charlie Vickers was named D40 player of the year whilst Pete Beasley received the award for the Super 9s - congratulations to both winners. In addition, our Head Coach Johnathan Caldecott was rewarded for his work with the squad over the years as he became the recipient of the national award for Outstanding Contribution to Coaching at the NatWest OSCAs held at Lords. A truly deserved award for a superb coach and person.

In March, we held our first ever Disability Cricket presentation evening to celebrate the previous season, with the award winners shown below:

Super 9s

Batting John Foulkes

Bowling Dave Hassall

Fielding Dave Ingram

Coaches Award Luke Clarke

Captains Award Simon Thomas

D40 team

Batting Kev Baker

Bowling Zahid Hussain

Fielding Adam James

Coaches Award Callum Rigby

Captains Award Charlie Vickers

Overall Player of the Season Kev Baker

A fully enjoyable night was had by all, with thanks to Keith Higgins from the Shropshire Cricket Board for coming to present the prizes, to Kath Baker for a splendid buffet and to the committee – in particular Sean Greening and Shaun Rigby – for organising the evening.

It was also announced on the evening that for the first time the Disability Squad will have a shirt sponsor for the 2019 season, our thanks go to Besblock for their kind sponsorship. In addition, NBC Group have also provided us with a very generous donation, and we will be wearing their logos on our caps this season as we wear blue coloured kit for the first time. Thank you to Shaun Rigby for his hard work in both securing the sponsors and arranging the kit order.

After a winter participating in the Wrekin Indoor League and a full programme of training sessions, the first games of the season have been played. The Super 9s were first into action when they travelled to take on Warwickshire and were dismissed for just 70 with only Pete Beasley (18) making any real contribution with the bat. Warwickshire then reached their victory target comfortably, with Luke Clarke taking the solitary wicket to fall. Our thanks go to Walmley Cricket Club for their hospitality on the day.

After their first game of the season was conceded by opponents Cheshire, the D40 squad travelled to Glodwick CC in Oldham to take on Lancashire in their opening game of the season. Lancashire batted first and totalled 162-2 from their 40 overs, Charlie Vickers and Eric Heath taking a wicket apiece, with Danny Percy taking a fine catch for the opening wicket. After the early dismissal of Kev Baker (15) only Heath (16) and Paul Shrimpton (12) offered top scorer Percy (29) any support as we were bowled out for just 105 and a heavy 57 run defeat. Again, many thanks to our hosts at Glodwick CC for their kind hospitality on the day.

Much to work on for both squads ahead of the second games of the season over the next few weeks as we look to move towards qualifying for the semi-finals in August.