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England star Natalie Sciver and Surrey VICC team-up for VI Cricket Open Day

18th July 2014


Surrey VICC team

On Sunday 13th July, England women’s all-rounder and Surrey CCC star Natalie Sciver visited the latest showcase ECB Club Open Day with a Waitrose event at Thursley Cricket Club, raising awareness of visually impaired cricket.

On the day a Surrey Visually Impaired CC side took on an I’anson League Representative XI who wore simulation glasses and blindfolds, with Sciver given the honour of bowling the first ball of the match.

During the tea interval, with refreshments provided by Waitrose, a kids coaching cricket taster session for both the visually impaired and newcomers to the game was also on offer. Funds were raised for two local charities, Sight for Surrey and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Commenting on the event, Sciver said: “I’ve been lucky to go to a few clubs recently and the enthusiasm you see for the game is inspiring.

“Being able to partake in the visually impaired game was a new experience for me but lots of fun, despite being slogged around the park. It’s brilliant that clubs like Thursley can bring the community together for charity with friends and family enjoying the game.”

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin commented: “It’s fantastic that Thursley CC has been able to utilise the ECB Club Open Day initiative to showcase disability cricket and encourage new players to participate.

“We currently have over 100 cricket clubs across the country offering structured disability cricket opportunities with thousands of players now getting access to the game. Events like the Club Open Day at Thursley will only help to increase awareness.”

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