Maitland cricket come and try day for children with a disability

LEGEND: Former Test opener Rick McCosker presents presents the Australian Special Olympics cricket team captains Ben Haack and Jason Nelson with their caps. Picture Dean Osland
LEGEND: Former Test opener Rick McCosker presents presents the Australian Special Olympics cricket team captains Ben Haack and Jason Nelson with their caps. Picture Dean Osland

The Lord Taverners Hunter branch and Maitland cricket are forging ahead to ensure cricket is a summer sport for people of all abilities and disabilities.

The two bodies are holding a come and try cricket day for children with a disability of any form at East Maitland Park on Sunday.

The morning’s activities, from 10 am to noon, is part of a huge day of cricketing fun which will also include a game between a Lord Taverners XI and Maitland All Stars team at 1.30pm

The game will be a chance for the over-50s legends of Hunter cricket to remind us of their skills, with Taverners Hunter branch president and former Australian Test batsman Rick McCosker among the stars on show.

One of the highlights of the day will be a demonstration of vision impaired cricket with Australian representative Matt Cameron one of the players.

McCosker and the Lord Taverners have been strong supporters of cricket for people with disabilities and the blind and vision impaired game as well.

This is a chance to show parents and of course the kids what cricket’s all about and that they can participate.

Mark Warland

Maitland District Cricket Association spokesman Mark Warland said the association was excited about running the come and try day and giving youngsters of all abilities and disabilities the opportunity to play the game.

“The kids do not need to have any experience and it doesn’t matter what form of disability they have. There will be activities for them to get involved in and to have lots of fun,” Warland said.

“We’ve seen the success of how football has embraced kids with disabilities and been able to embrace them in the sport and open opportunities for them.

“This is a chance to show parents and of course the kids what cricket’s all about and that they can participate.

“It’s a first step and it may open the way for a competition or involvement for some of the kids in teams in junior competitions.”