Wilson Stuart School crowned as 2017 National Table Cricket champions
Wilson Stuart School from Birmingham were victorious at the Lord’s Taverners 2017 National Table Cricket Finals at the home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, on 9 June.
Hosted at the Nursery Pavilion, it was Wilson Stuart School who claimed the championship having won their regional heat in the West Midlands before making their way to the national final and winning by 10 runs, after defending a total of 258 runs in the final.
In the 2017 competition, now in its 19th year, more than 300 schools have taken part and after county and regional heats, the final nine teams made it to the final after winning their own regional competition:
• Thomas Wolsey School
• Samuel Laycock School
• Ulverston Victoria School
• Angmering School
• Wilson Stuart School
• Beech Academy
• Woodlands School
• Victoria Education Centre
• The Glebe School
The game not only gives opportunities for competitive play and social integrations, it also improves life-skills including self-confidence, independence and social skills. An enhanced role for the captain also allows for the development of leadership skills.
Greg James, ambassador for the Lord’s Taverners commented: “Table Cricket at Lord’s with hundreds of kids enjoying themselves, it really doesn’t get any better than that. It’s been a competitive day with some close finishes, big congratulations to Wilson Stuart School for their deserving win.”
The Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket programme, which is supported by Ford and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, last year gave more than 3,000 young people with severe physical or learning disabilities the chance to compete and have fun, regardless of ability.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that our players are supporting the Lord’s Taverners through the Table Cricket programme. It is vital that all young people, whatever their disability, are given the chance to compete within sport. The Table Cricket competition affords such an opportunity and we are very proud that our players are able to support such a fantastic programme.”
Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.