National Table Cricket Finals preview
Twelve schools are set to battle it out at the home of cricket, Lord’s, in the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Finals. On Thursday 21 June, teams from all over the country will be heading to the capital hoping to be crowned this year’s champions.
Teams from Birkett House, Bradley Stoke, Castle Hill, Denbigh High, Greenfield, Northease Manor, Ralph Thoresby, Severndale Academy, St Marys, Thomas Wolsey (Ipswich), William Howard and reigning champions Wilson Stuart (Birmingham) will compete in the final of the national competition organised by the Lord’s Taverners.
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.
The Lord’s Taverners table cricket competition in now in its 20th year and working with 38 county cricket boards across the UK, more than 300 schools took part in the 10 regional heats to qualify for the finals.
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.