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Somerset CCC support Super 1s Festival

Yeovil Smashers came out on top in Somerset Cricket Board’s second Super 1s Festival, which was held at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week.

Super 1s is a national project designed to give young people with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket. Weekly sessions aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds have been taking take place in Bath, Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil. The sessions are fun, played with a softer ball and teach the basics of cricket, plus they are free to attend.

Somerset Cricket Board launched the programme in January, and this week all the Super 1s hubs were invited to take part in the special Hub Competition.

The event saw 26 young people attend from across the four Super 1s hubs. The Taunton hub had enough players for two teams, Bath and Bridgwater combined to make a side and Yeovil were the four competing teams. The format for the event was pairs cricket with teams of six facing six overs. Each batting pair faced two overs.

Somerset County Cricket Club Chief Executive, Andrew Cornish was on hand to present the certificates whilst Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry plus Babar Azam visited the players during the competition. Max Waller also attended and presented the players with their medals.

Steve Gass, Growth & Participation Officer for Somerset Cricket Board said: “It was a wonderful morning! It was a superb effort from everyone who attended, and it was great to see all our Super 1s hubs have a team represented.

“Our four hubs have all had six months coaching, so it was pleasing to see the young people put their skills into action. Each young person who attended the event played with huge energy and enthusiasm.

“It looked like everyone had a great time and it was amazing to have the support of Somerset County Cricket Club who presented our certificates and medals. The excitement on the faces of players was truly fantastic.”

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