Doncaster cricketer wins Disability Achiever of the Year— 26 February 2014
Young cricketer William Baxter from Doncaster has won the Disability Achiever of the Year award after a monumental year in cricket and raising the aspirations of others.
William has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, is hearing impaired (using only sign language) and has moderate learning difficulties. Despite this he has been involved with the Yorkshire Terriers, the County’s disabled cricket squad based in Leeds, for three seasons now and has become an integral member of the team. He is a bowler of impeccable line and length with a knack of taking wickets just when you need them.
He also now opens the bowling for his county and in his last match against Derbyshire recorded figures of 4-12 off eight overs.
William is a person who will go on to become a very special cricketer not only with his county disability team but also within the able bodied game and for his club.
He has been mad about cricket since watching his older brothers play junior cricket in the local club in Doncaster – Barnby Dun CC. He played his first game for the club when he was about 11 and took his first wickets in the same season. With the support of the club he has worked his way up through the age groups and this season has become a regular for the men’s second XI. His best haul this season is 3-25.
With his support network and his positive attitude he will have a great opportunity to further develop his undoubted skills at regional and possible elite level. He is a young player who wants to learn, and wants to succeed. There are no barriers for him when he steps onto a cricket field
Cricket is William’s greatest passion and has transformed his life. One day he says he would like to be a groundsman at Headingley.