Hindley Green youngsters crowned 2012 Macquarie national table cricket champions
Lord's Cricket Ground once again hosted the prestigious finals of the Macquarie National Table Cricket Competition on 15 June, where Oakfield High School and College from Hindley Green were crowned 2012 champions.
Youngsters with disabilities from across the country were vying for the chance to become National champions but it was Oakfield High School and College from Hindley Green who took the 2012 title after seeing off stiff competition from Victoria Education and Sports College (Poole) in a repeat of the 2011 final to claim the National title.
The finals, which were hosted by Sky Sports Presenter, Marcus Buckland saw Oakfield High School and College win all four of their group games against Clare School (Norwich), South Gloucestershire 'A', Penn Hall Outreach Group (Wolverhampton) and Beckfoot School (Bingley). While Victoria Education and Sports College won their group, which was contested by Angmering School B (West Sussex), Portland College (Mansfield), Marjorie McClure School (Chislehurst) and Sunderland Schools, before narrowly missing out to Oakfield High School and College in the final.
Table Cricket, which is played on a table tennis surface with specially designed bats and balls, enables young people with disabilities and special needs the chance to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.
Now in its 14th year the competition has seen over 600 youngsters from across the UK compete in a series of regional heats for the chance to take part in the prestigious national finals at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Last year, youth cricket and disability sports charity, The Lord's Taverners, formed a three-year partnership with global financial services institution, Macquarie, including support for the charity's iconic national table cricket competition.