Howzat for a TCAT success story?

Published: February 27, 2017

The first ever Table Cricket competition in Shropshire has been won by students from the Willow Tree Centre at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The competition was organised by Cricket Shropshire with funding from the Lord’s Taverners charity. Table cricket is an inclusive form of the game that allows participants with disabilities to get involved.

The funding has allowed Cricket Shropshire to run Table Cricket session in schools, colleges and the community, culminating in the County competition which was held at Southall School in Dawley.

Teams from The Bridge Hadley Learning Community, two from Southall (Stars & Sabres) and The Willow Tree Centre took part in the coaching programme and resulting competition.

The teams played in a round-robin format with all students taking part showing some fantastic batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Cricket Shropshire Development Officer Ed Ashlin said: “The main highlight was the way the students interacted with their peers and showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the competition.”

The matches were all closely contested and teams evenly matched. The Willow Tree Centre managed to win their final match against the Southall Sabres to take the crown of County Champions for 2017.

They now have the chance to take part in the regional finals at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday, May 10, along with second-placed Southall.

Ed was delighted with how the competition went and added: “Our thanks go to Southall School for hosting our first ever Shropshire Table Cricket competition.

“It was a fantastic event with the students taking part all engaged and enjoying cricket. We would also like to thank the Lord’s Taverners for their continued support in funding table cricket activity for disabled people within Shropshire.”

For more information on the Willow Tree Centre see the website here