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  • Writer's pictureDarren Talbot

Yorkshire take the spoils as the Deaf Roses match returns

After a twenty five year gap, a Deaf ‘Roses’ cricket match was played out on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31st, with Deaf spectators attending from both counties.

Yorkshire hosted the game, courtesy of Addingham CC, and won the match by 5 wickets.

Lancashire made 129 for 7 from their 40 allotted overs and Yorkshire passed that in the 24th over scoring 130 for 5.

Henry Wainman of Bardsey CC, played a true captain’s innings, making an unbeaten 67 to take the Yorkshire side to victory. Hashim Mahmood, a member of the Barnsley AFC Academy but not attached to a cricket club, took 2 wickets for Yorkshire and made a vital overhead catch to dismiss the leading Lancashire all-rounder and captain, Jimmy Dixon. Wainman and Dixon have both played for the England Deaf side.

Coach Chris Schofield, who played for the England Under 19s from 1993 to 1995 and made one appearance for Yorkshire CCC in 1996, kept wicket for Yorkshire. But both sides were a mixture of experienced and inexperienced cricketers.

The first Deaf ‘Roses’ fixture was staged in 1924 but the last one was in 1996. Now that this match has been revived, the aim is to play it every year on a home and away basis. The trophy, a cricket bat complete with a list of previous winners, was recovered from down south and brought up to Addingham for the occasion.

Most Deaf representative cricket is now played on a regional basis and the leading Yorkshire and Lancashire players make up much of the North team which won the inaugural T20 last summer against the Midlands and South. The North side also plays fixtures against club elevens and their next match is on Sunday June 13th at Arthington CC against Mutineers.

If you are a Deaf /Hearing Impaired cricketer and would like to be involved please contact us.

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