Lancashire Deaf CCC
The Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Deaf Squad was formed in 2014 when two local deaf cricketers linked up with the LCB to look at the provision of deaf cricket across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. Joel Harris and James Dixon have both represented England Deaf, both are qualified coaches and are responsible for the formation of the Lancashire Deaf Squad.
Throughout the early stages of 2014 James and Joel engaged with local deaf societies, groups and schools to offer cricket and as a result a community coaching programme was established and delivered across various parts of the county. The pair also linked up with deaf cricketers who were playing mainstream cricket as awareness of the work they were doing began to grow. They were particularly well supported by DEAFNW for who they ran coaching and competition days for and who also secured ‘Sportivate’ funding in order to grow in the interest in cricket in the north of the county.
The squad competed in and won the ECAD Indoor Competition in early 2016, defeating Surrey in the final, and they also attend the inaugural ECAD club competition during the summer of 2016, competing as ‘Manchester’.
The squad suffered from a lack of competitive matches during the 2016 season as inclement weather in the North West meant that many fixtures against clubs sides were postponed. In a showpiece fixture that did go ahead, LCB Deaf defeated Lancashire Disabled (LCB PD/LD Team) by 55 runs, thanks to an unbeaten 108 from captain on the day, James Dixon.
Although competitive fixtures were in short supply during 2016, the squad continued to train weekly, firstly indoors at Emirates Old Trafford before taking advantage of the refurbished net facility at local secondary school Stretford High.
Rob Tipping, LCB Disability Cricket Development Officer said: “James’ and Joel’s commitment to LCB Deaf Cricket cannot be questioned and they continue to strive to make the set up as professional as possible. They are ably assisted by passionate players and leaders on and off the pitch. Plans are afoot to continue to develop our offer to people with a hearing impairment whilst also ensuring our players are given the opportunity to progress into ECB programmes.”
For more information about the LCB Deaf Squad contact Rob Tipping via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07894 584 563. Alternatively contact Joel Harris direct via email on email@example.com