The Beech Academy in Mansfield has qualified for the national finals in the Lord Taverners Table Cricket competition. Table cricket has been developed to provide access to the game for people with learning and physical difficulties and involves teams of 6. Each player bats for an over, and bowls an over. The game takes place on a table tennis table, using a miniature ball and bat. Fielders protect barriers along the sides of the table. Batters try to hit the sides or end of the table to score 4s and 6s, and can be out caught or bowled.
Following the county rounds, Beech took part in the regional finals held at Loughborough University on Thursday 11thMay. Finishing top of their group, including a magnificent score of 273 for 3 against local rivals Bracken Hill, and a very tight semi-final against Mapplewell School from Loughborough, the final against Billing Brook Special School from Northampton was a very tense affair. Some fantastic bowling from skipper, all-rounder Louise, and Courtney C set it up for the batters, and star man Zack delivered, as he had throughout the day.
The team have now qualified for the national finals at Lords Cricket Ground on Friday 9th June where they will represent the East Midlands against nine other regional winners.
Mr Adrian O’Malley, Head Teacher said, ‘the students have done extremely well and the finals will give them a chance to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.’
The picture below shows the triumphant team from left to right; Courtney C, Courtney B, Louise, Luke, Jordan, Zack, Daniel with the event organisers from the Lords Taverners