Yorkshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club was formed in 2008 and gives blind and visually impaired cricketers an opportunity to participate fully in the game, train and receive regular coaching and compete in national league and cup competitions.
The Club also runs a second team in the North and East Development League which includes teams from Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.
In its four years of competitive cricket, the Club has twice been runner up in both the national league and national knock out cup and, in 2011, won the Bill Frindell T20 cup.
Most home matches take place at Old Sharlston CC near Wakefield where the club has given blind cricket huge support over the last five years. Our squad includes two former England blind cricketers and players’ ages range from 12 to 71.
As well as competitive fixtures and training sessions, the Club runs a development programme across Yorkshire including regular awareness sessions, coaching in schools, specialist coach education and cricket sessions for Action for Blind People. In 2013, the Club secured funding from Children in Need for a three year programme of development activity targeted at blind and visually impaired children in Yorkshire.
BLIND CRICKET – THE GAME
The main difference between mainstream cricket and blind cricket is the ball. A size three football is used in UK blind cricket to help the partially sighted players to see it and is filled with a quantity of ball bearings to allow the totally blind players to hear it.
The MCC Laws of Cricket have also been adapted in other ways in an attempt to allow blind and partially sighted people to compete on equal terms:-
- The wicket is larger, making it easier for the partially sighted players to see and easier for a batter or bowler to touch for the purpose of orientation.
- The ball must pitch at least twice before the crease of a totally blind batter but must not be rolling.
- The ball must pitch at least once before the crease of a partially sighted batter.
- A totally blind batter is given one chance before being given out LBW and cannot be stumped.
- The bowler must ask the batter if he is ready before beginning his run up and shout “play” as he releases the ball.
- A totally blind fielder can make a catch after the ball has bounced once.
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