Day 1 of Somerset v Worcester to be Inclusion Day
Somerset will be hosting their second annual Inclusive Cricket Day at the County Ground, Taunton, on Friday on the opening day of championship match against Worcestershire.
The day is a way of recognising all of the fantastic achievements of disabled cricketers in the county and the support that the parents, carers and coaches provide along the way.
The county is proud to boast two very competitive disabled cricket teams in the shape of the Somerset Disabled Cricket Club, formed of players with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities and the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club. Both teams have had a great season with the SDCC finishing third in South West League, whilst the SVICC are currently placed fifth nationally with one game still to play.
During the lunch interval both teams are welcomed on to the field of play to give a demonstration of their skills and the adapted formats of the game that they play.
Cricket development officer and Head Coach of both teams, Edgar Herridge is looking forward to the day and said: “ Somerset is extremely fortunate to boast such strong and vibrant disability teams and it is great to be able to celebrate the teams’ successes with this day at the County Ground. All of the players relish the opportunity to perform their skills in front of a big home crowd.
“As well as the two teams we are also pleased to be welcoming a number of community groups that the Somerset Cricket Board coaches have worked with this year to come and enjoy the day. The amount of disability cricket being played at the grass-roots level is growing year-on-year, not only affording more opportunities than ever before, but also helping to grow the strength of both our county teams.”
He added: “I am sure that Friday is going to be a fantastic occasion and a great way to thank all of the players and supporters of disability cricket in our county.”