Mossley CC hosted Cheshire Cobras Visually Impaired Cricket Club on Sunday 17th June 2018. With adapted equipment and a fun, friendly yet competitive spirit, players from both clubs enjoyed a great game of cricket and brightened up an otherwise dull Sunday afternoon.
Supported by the Cheshire Cricket Board the Cheshire Cobras Visually Impaired Cricket Club were established in 2013 to provide cricket for visually impaired people in the Cheshire Area to promote their physical and social welfare. Mossley CC approached the Cobras earlier in the year and arranged the friendly fixture.
The game is played to ECB laws and matches are 30 overs per side. The Mossley players wore low visibility eyewear to simulate the experience of VI players. The ball is a size 3 football with rattles inside and the stumps are bigger. The in-game etiquette is precise to enable all players to engage in the game for example, the bowler is required to ask if the batsman is “ready” and then has to shout “play” as the ball is bowled.
All players batted and bowled and led by Cheshire Cobras skipper, David Ellingham, the ‘Reds’ posted 126 runs off their 30 overs with Mossley player, Anthony Burkard top scoring. In reply, the ‘Blues’ began well with Rob Lowe from Mossley and fully blind batsman, Frank from Cheshire Cobras opening the innings. Rob Lowe’s innings came to an abrupt halt as he tore a muscle trying to run a quick single. Mossley’s Carl Nancollas proved to be a match winner for the blues with a top scoring performance which included several boundaries.
Club Captain, Gareth Cresswell commented that “everyone had fun and it was an experience that Mossley players will never forget. It has helped to raise awareness and demonstrate how sport, in this case cricket, can be inclusive. Mossley CC are grateful to Cheshire Cobras for making the day one to remember.”