Ralph Thoresby School has been crowned the 2016 National Table Top Cricket champions.
Last week our local school won the 2016 Lord’s Taverners National Table Top Cricket Finals held at the home of cricket, Lords Cricket Ground.
A nail biting and tense final saw Ralph Thoresby take the spoils as they beat Ash Field Academy from Leicester.
Lewis Bird, Captain of the Ralph Thoresby team said: “It was a great day and it was great to see how the team developed playing in the tournament against different teams as opposed to just in training. The whole team put in a fantastic performance and we’re all delighted.”
Table top cricket is played on a table tennis table with side panels. The sound of leather on willow is not missing though as a wooden bat and weighted ball is used. The sport gives young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive level.
In its 18th year the national competition initially sees over 300 youngsters from 47 teams battle it out in 8 regional events to book their place at the national finals. The sport is supported and made possible by Ford and the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Director of Fundraising, Partnerships and Events at the Lord’s Taverners, Duncan Lewis said: It is fantastic to witness children with severe disabilities engage in sport and what’s more get involved in cricket. Table Cricket ensures that participants can experience playing at a competitive level and enjoy the benefits of being part of a team. Congratulations to Ralph Thoresby on their outstanding achievement.