Surrey Cricket choose Frimley to base new Visually Impaired Squad “Listen to the ball onto the bat” is the call you may just hear in Frimley this year as Visually Impaired Cricket is launched. Surrey Cricket Board is basing their newly formed county side at Frimley Cricket Club’s ground in Chobham Road, offering blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to learn to play cricket. Frimley's chairman, Gary Dunford, says the club is proud to be helping Surrey develop a squad, enabling those who are Visually Impaired (VI) to enhance their life opportunities by not only taking part in sport, but also experiencing other benefits that an active club can provide. Mark Allen, a highly experienced VI coach who has worked at international and county standard explains: "VI Cricket is very similar to the traditional game except with larger stumps and a ball bearing filled football. The teams are made up of players from different sight classifications from B1 (totally blind) to B4 (sight of 6/24)." Mark was recently nominated in Sky Sports ECB Coach of the Year Awards for his work with Visually Impaired Cricket in England and Wales.
He added: "Frimley Cricket Club offers a friendly and social atmosphere where sport and sporting achievements take the centre stage. The club is already proving an attraction, with players from Reigate to Ealing joining Surrey Heath residents for the fun but challenging sessions where participants bat, bowl and field." Anyone interested in playing
VI Cricket, with the chance of representing Surrey in the Blind Cricket England & Wales League should call Mark on 07710 324954 or email Gary Dunford on email@example.com Male or female players should be aged 11 and over but do not need any experience of cricket.
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