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All-inclusive cricket match is back on Sunday 6 August

21 June 2017

HAD was bowled over when we received £500 sponsorship money recently to support our second wheelchair/learning disabilities cricket match. 

The game, at Harpenden CC on 6 August, is being supported by the Jarvis Charitable Trust. 

The match will feature top disabled and learning disability cricketers from across the county, including Chris Foster from Bishop's Stortford and Andy Catherell from Letchworth. Many top players from Harpenden will  also take part, meaning the game will be truly all-inclusive.

"The way the regular players from Harpenden played and reacted was first-class," HAD Fundraiser Paul Bishop explained. "They all mixed in and the game had a competitive edge. We also had a bit of the normal on-field cricket banter which was good to hear."

Through-hip amputee Chris, 27, has no prosthetic limb and hops in to bowl at around 70 mph. Last year Chris took two wickets and also scored 30 not out with the bat. "Chris's performance was definitely one of the highlights of the day and all the spectators were asking who he was," Paul said.

Andy, 40, has a degenerative condition that has caused the vertebrae in his spine to crumble. He also has a genetic problem with his left knee. These have combined to put him in a wheelchair for the past six years. 

Paul is hoping local people come along to watch the event: "For many of the players this will be the highlight of their season. For them to play in front of a big crowd would make it even better," Paul added.

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BIG CHEQUE: Lady Ann Parkinson of the Jarvis Charitable Trust presents the cheque to Paul Bishop