Godleman inspires Derby youngsters at table cricket heat
Pupils at The Royal School for the Deaf in Derby enjoyed a day to remember last Wednesday (17 January) as Derbyshire County Cricket Club captain Billy Godleman joined them for their Lord's Taverners Table Cricket heat.
Three teams from The Royal School for the Deaf competed along with a team from St Martins School and Holbrook School for Autism, with the Blue Team from The Royal School for the Deaf eventually winning after some very exciting matches.
Around 40 children participated on a day of competitive table cricket, and they were thrilled by the presence of Derbyshire batsman Billy Godleman. After being impressed by the skills on display, Godleman joined in the action himself to get a taste of this adaptive form of cricket.
Two further heats were held around Derbyshire last week, with approximately 90 children taking part across all three dates. They are competing for a chance to play in the national finals held at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground in June.
The Lord's Taverners Table Cricket programme, gives young people with severe physical or learning disabilities the chance to compete and have fun, regardless of ability. 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.