Staffordshire Wolves Visual Impairment team, now sponsored by Paycare, started in 2014 through a desire by Wolverhampton CC to promote disability cricket in the county and grew from links to the Beacon Centre for the Blind. A demonstration game between the team and Lancashire Lions was the highlight of a club open day on 7th September 2014, covered by SKY. The guys trained indoors through the 2014/2015 Winter and moved outdoors to the club for regular training sessions in Summer 2015 with friendly fixtures against Derbyshire and Worcester, and then took part in the VI Development Weekend held at Leicester University, coming 3rd out of 10 teams.
We are always looking to recruit new players to develop and reinforce the existing squad, ready to join the ECB Development VI League in 2016.
The Wolves have male and female players, young and old and are always pleased to see new players join the group, our focus is on developing the person, so not just improving cricket skills but also self-confidence and socials skills too.
The English rules version is based on the traditional, sighted laws of cricket, with a few alterations to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted players.
- A size 3 football with ball bearings is used to allow partially sighted players to see it and blind players to hear it
- Wickets are larger so batsman and bowlers can touch them to orientate themselves
- For blind batsman, the ball must bounce at least twice before reaching the crease
- For partially sighted batsman, the ball must bounce at least once before reaching the crease
- A totally blind batsman is given one chance before being given out for LBW
- A batsman who is totally blind cannot be stumped
- A totally blind batsman receives double runs
- A fielder who is totally blind can make a catch after the ball has bounced once
If you wish to find out more about this format of the game then follow this link to watch a handy 'You Tube' clip.
If you are interested in getting involved with the visual impairment team, please contact Steve Lightfoot on email@example.com or call 07789 265618
For more information take a look at the Blind Cricket England & Wales website http://www.bcew.co.uk/
Picture Above : BJ Development Weekend
Picture Above : Derbyshire Owls