Lancashire aim to rekindle glory days

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The climax to the Incrediball County Championship will take place on Sunday when Lancashire take on Derbyshire at Leamington Spa.

Rather uniquely, Lancashire have made it through to both the Incrediball and the Hardball finals while for Derbyshire this will be the first time they have reached the final which is a huge achievement considering that they are relatively new to the competitions.

Derbyshire county Manager Paul Roe should be congratulated for all his efforts in bringing Derbyshire to the forefront of disabilities cricket.

Lancashire have won this competition no less than five times in the past, the last time being seven years ago, in 2004 and their manager Alan Foster will be hoping to bring some of the glory days back to his county.

The format of the match, which is due to start at 1pm, is 40 overs per side and involves players who have either a physical disability or a learning disability, or both.

The Incrediball County Championship consists of two regional divisions, North and South, both Lancashire and Derbyshire play in the North division and finished winner and runner up respectively with equal points.

Derbyshire defeated the South division winners and County Champions for the last two years’ Somerset in Taunton, while Lancashire beat Hampshire in their semi-final.

In the division game during the season, the match between Lancashire and Derbyshire was cancelled due to poor weather, so it is not possible to give an accurate prediction on the final, other than to say that it will be fiercely contested by two very competitive teams, which bodes well for a great game.

Entry for spectators is free.