Somerset Visually Impaired CC 2015 Season Report
Following their victory in the 2014 Blind Cricket England and Wales T20 Cup Final, the Somerset Visually Impaired CC were looking to hit the ground running this year.
Regular training sessions through the off-season enabled the squad to once again grow in strength and depth.
The season started in style with a 95 run victory over a strong Yorkshire side at Itlon CC; the Hossell brothers, Ed and Rory combining well with 89 runs and 3 wickets respectively. Two weeks later the team travelled to Northamptonshire to take on the Northhants Steelbacks. Another strong batting performance saw the team declare on 192 for 7, with Rob Crisp hitting an impressive 76. Northhants however managed to hold out for a draw, with the Somerset side falling just three wickets short of taking the victory.
The first weekend of June brought about a tough double header against the Warwickshire Bears. On Saturday the Somerset side fell 72 runs short of the victory target and so were knocked out of the Memorial Cup. Whilst, in the league fixture the following day the Bears proved even stronger still, posting an impressive 209 run victory.
Undeterred, the following month the team regrouped for a trip to Sussex. Here they scrapped valiantly and managed to close out the game for a hard fought draw. August bought about its own challenges with a number of the squad unable to play in the fixtures. As a result the team failed to defend their T20 title, with a seven wicket defeat at the hands of London Metro, before a tough trip to Lancashire in the League.
A season that started with such promise, saw the team finish 6th in the BCEW National League, one place lower than the previous year, with a total of 47 points thanks to a win, two draws and three defeats. However, in a year that saw two of our female players gain selection for the England Women’s Visually Impaired Squad and more and more of our players being cited for inclusion in the England Men’s team; there is a great deal to be positive about. Winter training is getting underway imminently and the team remain determined to reclaim their T20 title next year and continue to build on some impressive performances this year.
Finally the squad and their supporters would like to express their gratitude to the clubs that have hosted them this year. Ilton Cricket Club, North Curry Cricket Club and Queen’s College have supported the team fantastically throughout the summer.