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Table cricket regional finals start

Friday 26 April was an important day in the calendar for table cricketers in the South West of England, as the South West Regional Finals of the Lord’s Taverners national table cricket competition took place at the Devon Cricket Centre in Exeter.

Having secured their place at the Regional Final by qualifying through county competitions, seven teams travelled from all over the South West and arrived dreaming of earning a spot in the national final, held at the home of cricket, Lord’s.

The competing teams were: Mount Hawke (South Cornwall), Brimsham Green (South Gloucestershire), Victoria (Poole), Southbrook (Exeter), Exeter House (Exeter), Combe Pafford (Torquay), Winchelsea (Poole).

A great day of highly competitive but fun table cricket took place, with local team Southbrook meeting Brimsham Green, who had travelled over 100 miles to be there on the day, in the final. A close and hard-fought final ended with Brimsham Green coming out on top and qualifying for a day at Lord’s on 7 June.

The Lord’s Taverners table cricket competition, now in its 21st year, sees the charity work with 38 county cricket boards across the UK to deliver it, with more than 300 schools taking part.

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.

The road to Lord’s gets into its stride next week with regional finals taking place in Manchester, Leeds, Durham and Nottingham.

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