The first ever BAS-Vampire Deaf County Championship match proved to be the perfect opening event for the competition.
Nottinghamshire Deaf won the toss and batted on their home ground and soon tucked into some wayward bowling. Notts captain Andre Pears in particular enjoyed what was on offer eventually making 141 off just 84 balls in a 207 opening partnership with Oliver Wilcox who was first to fall on 49 to Jehan Sabih.
Sabih, supported by Lily Rooney started to change the game around for the young Academy side and when Pears fell with the score on 218-3, the Nottinghamshire batting disintegrated with Sabih picking up 4-12 off 7 overs and Rooney 1-12 off 5. Isaac Harrison, after a 21 run first over, returned and took 4 wickets in 5 balls to finish the innings off for just 241 when 400 had looked a possibility an hour earlier.
242 still looked a tough score to chase for a young team featuring two new to Deaf cricket players. One, Jimmy O'Connor, forced into a makeshift opener's role following a last minute dropout, fell quite quickly bringing England Deaf wicketkeeper Michael Weathersby to the crease to join 15 year old opener Isaac Harrison from Derbyshire.
The two proceeded to latch on to bad balls and their partnership of 225 for the 2nd wicket took the ECAD Academy to the brink of victory. Harrison fell for 91 - his third career score in the nineties - but no doubt many hundreds will follow for this exceptionally gifted young man.
Weathersby was extremely fortunate to survive a run out appeal towards the end but it was unlikely to change the result as he guided the team home by 8 wickets with just over 3 overs in hand.
We look forward to seeing more close games in the coming tournament. You can follow the league table and results online.