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2016: The Year To Try Blind Cricket

2nd February 2016

Blind Cricket has been played in the UK since the 1940s and has the highest numbers of participants of any visually impaired sport in this country.

Around 400 men and women aged from 11 to 84 take part in the sport at present from all around the country. There are now teams representing 19 different counties: Berkshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, London, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire. There are also new teams being developed in three or four more counties.

The sport is played by teams with a mixture of sight levels as B1s play alongside partially sighted players from the B2, B3 & B4 categories. The rules are adapted to try and give every level of sight a fair chance. The ball is a size 3 football with tiny carbon balls inside that make it rattle so that the lower sighted players can hear it and it is designed to be easily visible to partially-sighted players.

There are a number of rule adaptions but visually the game looks like cricket with standard bats used alongside larger brightly coloured stumps, the ball is bowled over arm although it does have to bounce twice before reaching a B1 batsman and once before reaching most partially sighted players.

The sport also gives the chance for its players to represent their country as the current England squad shows. England face Australia for the Blind Cricket Ashes from 22nd January until 31st January in Adelaide, Australia. There is also a UK women's blind cricket team who will be playing a series of friendlies this summer.

For further details of how the game is played see the The Game section of this website and to find out more. For infortmation on how to contact your local team, please visit our Clubs section.