Bumper year for Northants

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Northamptonshire Cricket Board raised £2,000 when they held their first end of season presentation night and auction.

In total 126 people helped raise the vital funds, which will go towards the players' training camp and travel.

Community cricket coach for Northamptonshire, leading in disability cricket, is Andy Hill and through his efforts the county board have enjoyed a successful season.

They currently deliver over 200 hours of cricket coaching into junior and senior Special Education Needs schools and also run two disability clubs with the help of funding through the Hit the Top scheme.

Northants are also active with Table Cricket, where weekly sessions are held for both adults and juniors, as well as coaching sessions for teachers in order for them to run games.

The county have four kits that they use around the county to provide the opportunity for people to get involved.

The county also boast a 16-strong squad of the best players who make up the county squad across all disabilities. A number of these players have already been recognised in terms of national squad inclusion.

Disability cricket drop-in sessions are also held on a weekly basis, allowing anyone who wants to have a go to just turn up and get some expert coaching.

Partnerships have been formed by the county with a number of clubs who help to provide the facilities for disability cricket to take place.

Two players, Tom Savage and Oliver Barton, have been nominated for county sports awards for which Barton has already won Disabled Sportsman of the Year in the Northampton Leisure Trust awards.