Ralph Thoresby School from Leeds win 2016 National Table Cricket competition
Ralph Thoresby School (Leeds) claimed the Lord’s Taverners 2016 National Table Cricket title at the home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, last week (24 June).
Hosted at the Nursery Pavilion, the national tournament concluded with 10 schools challenging for the title on 24 June and it was Ralph Thoresby who claimed the championship after beating Ash Field Academy from Leicester in the final.
In its 18th year, the competition, which is supported by Ford and made possible thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, saw over 300 youngsters with severe physical disabilities from 47 teams battle it out in eight regional events to make finals day.
View a full set of results from the finals thanks to CricHQ here.
The 10 schools that represented their respective regions to compete for the title were:
• The Village School (North London)
• Seven Kings High School (Essex)
• The Angmering School (Sussex)
• Wilson Stuart School (Birmingham)
• Oxclose Community Academy (Tyne and Wear)
• Suffolk One College (Ipswich)
• Ash Field Academy (Leicester)
• Trafford College (Greater Manchester)
• Ralph Thoresby School (Leeds)
• Bradley Stoke Community School (Bristol)
Lewis Bird, captain of Ralph Thoresby, said: “It was a great day and it was great to see how the team developed playing in a tournament against different teams as opposed to just in training. The whole team put in a fantastic performance and we’re all delighted. I’ve been playing table cricket since I started at the school and there are huge benefits to playing in terms of meeting people, learning new skills, tactics, being part of a team and also having fun.”
Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ramp, 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.