Berkshire County Blind Society celebrated its centenary – a cricket match at Bradfield College

PUBLISHED: 16:58 03 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 20 February 2013

Berkshire County Blind Society celebrated its centenary – a cricket match at Bradfield College

Berkshire County Blind Society celebrated its centenary – a cricket match at Bradfield College

Berkshire County Blind Society (BCBS) celebrated its centenary this year with a flagship sporting event – a cricket match at Bradfield College, near Pangbourne...

Berkshire County Blind Society (BCBS) celebrated its centenary this year with a flagship sporting event a cricket match at Bradfield College, near Pangbourne, played between international cricket stars and an invitation X1.

Lashings international stars were captained by Chris Harris (NZ), and also the team also included Ed Giddins (ENG), Devon Malcolm (ENG), Ian Harvey (AUS), Mohammad Akram (PAK), Alan Mullally (ENG), Grant Flower (ZIM), Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK), Norman Cowans (ENG), and Richie Richardson (WI) celebrating his benefit year.

Bowling for the BCBS Invitation XI, and supported by keen fielding werespinners George Graham, Jeremy Attfield and Chris Hedley.

An extended tea interval featured an extraordinarily skilful demonstration by visually impaired youngsters of a game of cricket. They were assisted by coaches from Blind Cricket England and Wales and British Blind Sport, and by the whole of the Lashings team.

Berkshire County Blind Society put on a show in their centenary year

A sunny Sunday in Junesaw the world famous entertainers of cricket come to Bradfield College. The ground was prepared, the sun shining and the crowd waiting expectantly.

Lashings international stars were first to bowl. The team was captained by Chris Harris (NZ), and also included Ed Giddins (ENG), Devon Malcolm (ENG), Ian Harvey (AUS), Mohammad Akram (PAK), Alan Mullally (ENG), Grant Flower (ZIM), Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK), Norman Cowans (ENG), and Richie Richardson (WI) celebrating his benefit year.

Bowling for the BCBS Invitation XI, and supported by keen fielding,spinners George Graham, Jeremy Attfield and Chris Hedley in particular restricted the Lashings World XI to a good but not inaccessible score of 207 for 8.

An extended tea interval featured an eagerly anticipated demonstration by visually impaired youngsters of a game of cricket. They were assisted by coaches from Blind Cricket England and Wales and British Blind Sport, and by the whole of the Lashings team. The youngsters astounded many onlookers by their cricketing ability.

This provided the Society with a unique opportunity to showcase its work for visually impaired children, and to give these children themselves a once in a lifetime chance to play with international cricketing legends. The children all rose magnificently to the challenge and will never forget this most memorable and happy day in their lives.

"A truly amazing day for celebrating the Society's Centenary in style and for showcasing its work for Berkshire people with sight loss,thanks to the great courtesy and generosity of Bradfield College"said Diarmid Williams, Chairman of the Berkshire County Blind Society, at the conclusion of its flagship Centenary Celebrity Cricket Match.

When play resumed the BCBS Invitation X1 then set about the Lashings total with breezy abandon equal to that of their illustrious opponents. Firmly anchored by a brilliant century by the accomplished Paul Woodford of the Bradfield College 1st XI and assisted by aggressive knocks from Tim Dellor and Jason Laney, the BCBS team had reached170 for 3 when a heavy downpour halted proceedings for half an hour. After play resumed they had reached the very satisfying score of 193 for 3after their 25 over, losing by 14 runs a more than respectable performance against such illustrious opposition.

The event was a huge success and enjoyable family day out with great entertainment thrown in. The day served to raise the profile of the charity and illustrate how the consequences of sight loss can affect people both old and young.

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