An evening of cricket with Metro Blind Sport
On the early evening of Wednesday 21st May, Metro Blind Sport cricket players were invited to organise a special cricket training session in celebration of the International Cricket Council World Cup Trophy Tour 2019 (ICC CWC).
Held at North London Cricket Club in Highgate, players were able to showcase their skills, demonstrating how visually impaired cricket is adapted and played to be inclusive for all.
After meeting and greeting at the station, players were sharing stories of their favourite cricket matches and discussing the potential chances of their favoured nation in the upcoming CWC. David Griffiths, a special guest of Metro Blind Sport who supported the cricket team as an umpire in its earlier years was in attendance, alongside Vice President Roy Smith MBE, to offer support and guidance.
It was all sunshine and smiles as players gathered around the CWC Trophy to have their photo taken. Following this, the session got underway and our cricket sport lead Rory Field provided some coaching for players and ambassadors for the event including Youtuber, Theo Baker.
Metro Blind Sport invited Theo Baker to try on the various simulation glasses that allow sighted people to get a better understanding of the varying levels of sight loss conditions that exist. After a few warm-up cricket practices, Theo and the players took to the nets to try out their batting and bowling techniques.
It was fair to say Theo seemed overwhelmed by the different limitations on his ability whilst taking part in the session. However, it was great to see how he adapted his playing style, focusing on the sound, movement of the ball and his positioning, whilst also learning from the guidance of metro players.
The session commenced shortly after some amazing bowling from one of our totally blind players, Mujahid Zabit. As shown in the video below.
The CWC Trophy Tour provided Metro Blind Sport with a great opportunity to champion blind and partially sighted cricket within London and continue to raise a greater awareness of different types of sight loss within society.
Metro Blind Sport would like to say a huge thank you to the ICC organisers of the CWC Trophy Tour and Theo Baker for their support on the day as well as North London Cricket Club for hosting the session on their grounds.
Photo gallery from the evening below
To coincide with the ICC World Cup Trophy Tour visiting the Metro Blind Sport cricket teams, we are launching our three new cricket videos. To find out more about visually impaired cricket, please follow the three links below.
If you would like to know more about visually impaired cricket, or you are interested in playing please visit our website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/cricket/
Rory Field is the cricket Sport Lead for Metro Blind Sport and can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 07742 323 224.
You can also contact Charlie Raven, Sport Development Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07956 292 046.
Report by Charlie Raven – SDO Metro Blind Sport.