England Learning Disabilities party named
The England and Wales Cricket Board today named a 14-player squad to represent England Learning Disabilities in the Inas Tri-Nations tournament in South Africa.
The party, led by wicketkeeper Gavin Randall, will play four 40-over matches against South Africa and Australia, with the two teams who amass the most points playing in the tournament final on Saturday 26 November.
Six England debutants will be looking to impress head coach Derek Morgan as the team aim to go one better than 2009 where they were defeated by Australia in the final.
To be eligible to play international learning disability sport each player has to evidence an IQ below 75 with below average levels of adaptive behaviour and that the age of onset of these difficulties was before 18.
ECB national disability cricket manager Ian Martin said: “I’m delighted to see the Learning Disabilities Tri-Nations tournament in its fourth year. We have a number of young players coming through the ranks that will get the experience to represent their country in the competition.
“The opportunity to play international cricket is something these players work so hard for and it’s fantastic that the ECB continues to support disabilities cricket and make international competitions like these possible.”
The opening game of the series will see England take on South Africa at the De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, on Thursday 17 November.
England Learning Disabilities squad
Gavin Randall (Hampshire, captain)
Peter Brown (Isle of White)
James Dickens (Somerset)
Christopher Edwards (Cheshire)
Jonathan Gale (Surrey)
Ainsley Harriott-Gayle (Surrey)
James Higgins (Kent)
Lee Jay (Hampshire)
Daniel Levey (Kent)
Mark O’Brian (Cheshire)
Callum Rigby (Shropshire)
Tom Savage (Northamptonshire)
Lee Stenning (Surrey)
Tayler Young (Surrey)
2011 Tri-Nations fixtures, Kimberly, South Africa
Wednesday 16 November: South Africa v England, De Beers Diamond Oval
Thursday 17 November: England v Australia, De Beers Diamond Oval
Saturday 19 November: Australia v England, West End Club
Sunday 20 November: South Africa v England, Yorkshire Cricket Ground
Tuesday 22 November: Final, De Beers Diamond Oval