Surrey win the first (Deaf) ECAD T20 National Tournament!
Surrey win the first (Deaf) ECAD T20 National Tournament, Sunday 6th July 2014
Surrey Deaf picked up the inaugural England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) national title
yesterday at Rokeby School in Surrey.
The tournament kicked off with the first ever county v county Deaf match between Surrey and
Lancashire. Put into bat, Surrey scored 137-2 off their 20 overs, thanks in the main to an opening
stand of 114 between captain, Mike O’Mahony and England Deaf squad member, Simon Lycett, who
both passed 50.
Lancashire fielded a very young side include three very promising Under 14 Deaf cricketers who
more than held their own against more experienced opposition. 13 year old Chris Flynn in particular
stood out removing the experienced international, O’Mahony and picking up the Young Player of the
Tournament. In reply Lancashire fell 33 runs short despite a half-century from Derek Grabham.
The ECAD Development XI easily pushed aside Lancashire in the middle match by 8 wickets leaving
the final game of the day as the decider.
In the event, Surrey proved far too strong scoring 180-3 with another half century from Player of the
Tournament, O’Mahony and 51* from David Baker. In reply, ECAD Development XI ended on 107-6.
Commenting on the win, Surrey Deaf manager & tournament organiser, Darren Talbot said “More
important than the win for Surrey, this tournament has been a major stepping stone in the progress
of Deaf cricket in England & Wales. To see three such excellent young players taking part from
Lancashire was a clear indication that the future of Deaf cricket is very bright indeed.”
Significant work is planned over the close season to engage more counties with Deaf cricket with the
aim of at least one more county side to be active by the summer of 2015.
The next ECAD national event will be the annual ECAD Indoor tournament in early 2015.