Isle of Wight Cricket

Disability Cricketer Picks Up Award

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Four of the Islandís disabled cricketerís were nominated for awards at the recent Isle of Wight Sports and Recreational Council Awards evening. These awards are given to high achievers on the Isle of Wight in sporting endeavour, and the nominations come from the nominee's sport body in charge of that sport on the Island.

3 (Peter Brown, David Lloyd and Doug Randall) were nominated in the Player Achievement category, whilst the 4th, Joe Landy, was nominated in the Club Volunteer category.

All of these disabled people are an inspiration to others, and any one of them could have won their category.

Peter continued his excellent progress through 2008, and maintained his position in the England Learning Disabled Cricket squad, moving up to open the bowling through the season. He also performed at the top of his game in every match he played in for the IWCB Disability Team, and rightly won the Disabled Cricketer of the season for his performances in bowling, fielding and much-improved batting, including a career-best 96 not out against London CCCA.

Douglas was another of the Learning Disabled players on the Isle of Wight who maintained his position in the England Learning Disabled Cricket squad throughout a difficult 2008 season, eventually captaining the side. His fielding and general deportment on the field of play won him many plaudits from opposing players and officials and his willingness to work on behalf of the team was second to none.

David topped the IWCB Disability teamís batting charts for the 9th successive season, averaging over 40 with the bat, including a 2nd career century, and which saw him selected for the South and West Region Physical Disability 20/20 squad, to play at selection tournament for an England Physically Disabled team. A top score of 85 not out, and an average of over 50 for the 4 matches played over the weekend, saw David regain his position in the England Physically Disabled Cricket squad.

Joeís fundraising on behalf of the Disabled cricket team for the last 6 years has meant that players with special equipment requirements are now able to take loan of any the equipment that there is available. As well as the equipment needs, Joeís efforts have enabled the IWCB Disability Committee to extend the coaching programme to include an additional 10 sessions for complete novices, hopefully securing the future for Disabled Cricket on the IW for many years to come.

Peter Brown came out on top of the Disabled Sports Achievement Category, with David Lloyd and Doug Randall as runners up.

Joe was runner up in the club volunteer awards.

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