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Sir Michael Parkinson Bats For Disability Cricket

Sir Michael Parkinson, incoming Lord's Taverners president, gets involved in Surrey's Disability Cricket Day
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Newham beat Kingston to win the LTDCC final
Newham beat Kingston to win the LTDCC final
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Incoming Lord's Taverners president Sir Michael Parkinson paid a visit to The Kia Oval recently as teams competed in the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC) 2015 finals.

The competition was part of Surrey CCC's Disability Cricket Day, which enables young people from special educational needs schools across London and Surrey to take part in a number of cricket activities.

Newham from Essex and Kingston from Surrey made it through to the final, which was won by Newham, who posted 219 without loss to overhaul their opponents' score of 217 for three.

The LTDCC allows more than 1,000 disabled young people across 16 London boroughs to play cricket and the programme provides access to regular coaching and competition in local communities, and targets those aged 14-25 with a limiting disability to help develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem and communication skills.

It also trains local people to become qualified coaches, making the programme both self-reliant and sustainable.

The programme is supported by the Berkeley Foundation, a registered charity set up by The Berkeley Group and supported by the Wembley Stadium National Trust and Sport England.

"As a great cricket fan it is always splendid to come to the Kia Oval and watch any form of cricket," Parkinson said.

"However, days like today are even more special as they highlight the fantastic work being done by the Lord’s Taverners and others to bring cricket to all young people, regardless of ability or background.

"I’m incredibly proud to become president of this wonderful organisation and the Disability Cricket Championships is the first of many programmes I hope to experience during my presidency."

Qadir Rashid, Newham Captain, added: "It was a fantastic day and we all had loads of fun. The competition was tough and we are so happy to win and be champions."

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