The Surrey Deaf team was formed in October 2013 from the existing ECAD South East regional side.
The main catalyst for Deaf cricket in the county was John Matthews, a level 2 qualified coach and signer from Woking & Horsell CC. John teamed up with another level 2 coach, Darren Talbot, Director of Twenty20 Community Cricket in 2009 and the pair began to run courses for young Deaf people to encourage their engagement with cricket.
This evolved and with Surrey Cricket Board’s involvement in 2013 John and Darren became coach and manager respectively of the new Surrey Deaf senior team while continuing their ongoing youth development work.
Surrey’s first official matches were at the ECAD Indoor Tournament in 2013 where they came runners-up losing in the final having won the group stage convincingly.
In the summer of 2014 Surrey played Lancashire in the first ever county v county Deaf fixture with Surrey winning and going on to win the inaugural ECAD Outdoor T20 on the same day, a title they retained in 2015.
In 2015 Surrey Deaf joined the Thameside Sunday Cricket League, a league with hearing teams and were promoted to Division 1 in their first season. In 2016 they came 3rd in Division 1, narrowly missing out on the title after beating the league leaders away from home in the penultimate round of games.
Back row (l to r): David Baker, Martin Henderson, Simon Lycett, Oliver Eadsforth, Darren Talbot, Mike O’Mahony (capt partially hidden), Chris Harrison, Geoff Cooper.
Front row (l to r): Ossie Kellman, Steven Wynne, Chris Doyle, Saul Allison.
Players of any age interested in joining the Surrey Deaf set up should contact team manager Darren Talbot via text or WhatsApp 07912 873591 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indoor training takes place on Sundays 10am-12pm at Downsend School in Leatherhead from January to April.