Table Cricket: Pupils meet Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara at Lord's

South Glos at the National Table Cricket Finals at Lord’s

South Glos in action at the National Table Cricket Finals at Lord’s

First published in Sport

SOUTH Glos finished a creditable eighth at the Lord’s Taverners 2014 National Table Cricket Finals at Lord’s cricket ground, where superstars Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were special guests.

Two of cricket’s best players of all-time were both in the nets preparing for the MCC versus the Rest of the World match at the Home of Cricket.

“Little Master” Tendulkar was also on hand to give some advice to the table cricket players.

South Glos, made up of pupils from Culverhill, Brimsham Green and New Siblands schools, were one of ten schools to qualify for the national finals after winning a regional competition at the University of West of England.

Held at the iconic Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, South Glos faced competition from over 80 disabled young people from around the country.

After the round robin stage, they lost their seventh/eighth place play-off match, with Victoria Education and Sports College crowned champions.

Paul Downton, managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said: “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 in the Nursery Pavilion as it is out in the middle for able-bodied players.”

This year, over 500 young people from 82 schools took part in the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Competition, which is supported by the ECB, plus a number of trusts and foundations.

For over 15 years the competition has enabled over 8,000 young people with severe physical disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

Table cricket is one 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.

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