Sir Michael Parkinson bats for Disability Cricket at the Kia Oval
Sir Michael Parkinson visited the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC) 2015 Finals at the Kia Oval. The competition was part of Surrey CCC’s Disability Cricket Day, where young people from special educational needs schools across London and Surrey take part in a variety of cricket activities.
The LTDCC final took place between Newham (Essex) and Kingston (Surrey), with the former managing to beat their Surrey rivals. Newham successfully chased Kingston’s score of 217-3 winning by ten wickets with a score of 219-0.
The UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity delivers the Disability Cricket Championships for over 1,000 young people with disabilities across 16 London boroughs. The programme:
- Provides access to regular coaching and competition in local communities
- Targets those aged 14-25 with a limiting disability to help develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem and communication skills.
- Trains local people to become qualified coaches, making the programme both self-reliant and sustainable.
The innovative Lord’s Taverners programme is supported by the Berkeley Foundation, a registered charity set up by the Berkeley Group, until 2016 with additional support from the Wembley National Stadium Trust and Sport England.
The charity’s outgoing president, former England cricket captain Chris Cowdrey, “passed the buck” to Sir Michael at a special lunch at Lord’s that raised a fantastic £50,000 for the Lord's Taverners. Guests enjoyed a special appearance from Australia’s cultural attaché to the Far East, the Honourable Sir Les Patterson, ahead of the Ashes summer.
Sir Michael commented: “As a great cricket fan it is always splendid to come to the Kia Oval and watch any form of cricket. 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, expressed: “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.”