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England Disability players make return to the field in friendly at Arundel Castle

An England Disability XI will play a Duke of Norfolk's XI at Arundel Castle on Sunday.

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England Disability players make return to the field in friendly at Arundel Castle

Liam O'Brien is one of the four PD players in the England Disability XI squad

Players from three England Disability Cricket squads will come together on Sunday for a friendly against a Duke of Norfolk's XI at Arundel Castle - the first match they'll have played in England colours since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

England's disability cricket programme has been heavily affected by the pandemic, including the postponement of the scheduled Blind Ashes against Australia, which was due to take place in August.

At county level, the National County Championship for players with physical and learning disabilities, and those with hearing impairments, was also cancelled, as well as the national competition for blind cricketers.

Twelve players from England's Deaf, Physical Disability and Learning Disability squads have been selected for the Arundel fixture, with the side captained by George Greenway.

Ian Martin, ECB's Head of Disability Cricket, said: "I’m really looking forward to seeing some of our most talented cricketers with a disability taking to the field in England shirts for the first time this summer.

"It has been a tough few months for everyone so we are grateful to Tim Shutt and all involved with Friends of Arundel Castle CC and the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation for inviting us down and hosting us for what will be a great opportunity to get together and play some competitive cricket at one of the country’s most iconic venues. 

The 40-over match begins at 12pm at Arundel Castle, with spectators welcome so long as social distancing can be maintained.

England Disability XI squad

George Greenway (Cap) – Deaf
Stephen George (WK) – Deaf
Umesh Valjee – Deaf
Jake Oakes – Deaf
Liam O’Brien – PD
Ali Layard – PD
Will Flynn – PD
James Nordin – PD
Kester Sainsbury – LD
Jordyn Dore – LD
Tayler Young – LD
Martin Henderson – LD

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