European success for deaf cricketer Matthew

Success for Matthew in La Manga

Local deaf cricketer Matthew Bailey has recently represented England Deaf at La Manga in Spain, playing many other European teams.  He had an opportunity to bowl and play in several games including the Final against Spain’s First XI, resulting in England Deaf returning with the Champions Cup.  His cricketing experience started at Lonsdale County Primary School, Eccleshall with coach Steve Lightfoot delivering sessions through the Chance to Shine programme.  He progressed through junior teams at Eccleshall CC before moving to Stone CC.

His England deaf experience started at the age of 13 when he was asked to attend a deaf development trial based at Loughborough Grammar School in Leicester, he also experienced representative cricket through Staffordshire District programme.

He is currently doing a 3 course year for a degree at Staffordshire University, studying sports Coaching.  Matthew is very positive about the benefits of getting involved in the game, playing as a team, with social benefits of people and engaging physical and socially with other people of different abilities. Cricket also helps you keep fit and active on and off the pitch.

It’s also a sport which anyone with any ability can get involved in, whether it’s for a competitive or social aspect.  He believes cricket is like a new journey of life as it teaches optimism to be part of a team and to do well.

His hopes for the future are to continue his interest in cricket and to be able to teach/coach other people the pathway to success in cricket, whether it’s locally, people with a disability or people with disadvantaged backgrounds.  Also, to continue being part of the England Deaf cricket team with the opportunity to tour many more countries in the future.

England Deaf Head Coach Mark Nash commented ‘Matt has been a fantastic member of the squad for the last few years and is now breaking into the main 11, putting in performances during matches.  He is a great character within the group and a pleasure to work with, the more young deaf players we can get involved the better.’

Posted on Monday 29th April 2019, in Latest News