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Tuesday, 13th October 2015


Disability Cricket


The Nottinghamshire Cricket Board currently delivers a comprehensive disability programme which includes provision in Nottinghamshire’s 16 Special Schools along with a variety of community schemes at colleges, community centres and within various charitable organisations. Within this provision we offer a variety of formats including inclusive cricket, multi skills activity and table cricket.

If you would like to find out more about our programmes and opportunities please contact Jack Arnold on 0115 982 3000. 


In 2013/2014, the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board (working in partnership with the Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust) delivered a Table Cricket County Competition open to all schools that cater for children with disabilities. Five schools took part in the event held at Nottingham Trent University. Carlton Le Willows won the competition.

The NCB also organises two annual inclusive cricket festivals accessible for all schools who receive disability provision. Festivals take place in the North and South of the county.

NCB also offer opportunities for adults to compete through two different inclusive cricket festivals in the North and South of the county, please contact Jack Arnold for information on how to enter competitions.

Jack Arnold (Community Development Officer) by phone on 0115 982 3000 (378) or by email at jack.arnold@nottsccc.co.uk


Name of competition

Organising Body

Entry Criteria


Table Cricket Schools Competition 2015


Open to all schools (SEND)

March 2015 ( to be confirmed)

NCB Inclusive Festival (North)


Open to all schools (SEND)

Wednesday 20th May 2015

NCB Inclusive Festival (South)


Open to all schools (SEND)

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Table Cricket Community League

Attenborough CC

Open to clubs and community groups (Adults and Children)  

Multiple Dates

Adult Disability Cricket Festival (North)

NCB/Active Ashfield

Open to colleges, community groups and charities

To be confirmed (July 2015)

Adult Disability Festival (South)

NCB/Attenborough CC

Open to colleges, community groups and charities

To be confirmed (July 2015)


The Nottinghamshire Cricket Board has led the development of four disability hubs across Nottinghamshire. Their role is to support the NCB in hosting disability squads, competitions and festivals.


  1. Nottinghamshire Disability Cricket Club (Physical & Learning Disability Squad) – based at Mansfield Hosiery Mills: Manager Paul Smith, telephone: 07711 102911
  2. Nottinghamshire Knights Visually Impaired Cricket Club (Visually Impaired Disability Squad) – based at Thurgaton CC : Manager Kirsty Allen, telephone: 0115 970 6806
  3. Nottinghamshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club (Visually Impaired Disability Squad) – based at Coddington and Winthorpe CC Holme Lane. Manager : Bernard Sullivan, telephone: 07825 381913
  4. Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club based at Radcliffe on Trent CC  - Secretary: Barbara Savage 07825 773215.


Nottinghamshire also host a Table Cricket Community League funded by ‘CP Sport’ and delivered by Attenborough Cricket Club.

The Community League offers formal competition to disabled young people and adults with the winning team representing Nottinghamshire at the National Table Cricket Community Finals each year.

In 2014, four teams were involved including Foxwood Academy, Central College, Portland College and West Nottinghamshire College, with further plans to develop the amount of teams entering the league in 2015.

For more information on the Table Cricket Community League please visit; http://www.attenborough-cc.org/p/table-cricket.html

Click here for details on how get involved in representing Nottinghamshire in disability cricket.


In disability cricket, there are a few rules and regulations that are specific to the different impairment groups. Where possible the game is played in accordance with the MCC Laws of Cricket but there are some differences which are detailed below.

Blind Cricket

The cricketers are categorised according to the level of their sight loss.

B1 - no sight up to the ability to see the difference between light and dark.

B2 - from the ability to be able to distinguish the shape of an object held in front of their face, up to, a sight acuity of 2-60. This means that they can see at a range of only two meters, what a fully sighted person can see at 60 meters. Or, they have a field of vision of less than five degrees.

B3 - an acuity of 6-60. They can see at six meters what a fully sighted person can see at 60 meters. Or, a field of vision of less than 20 degrees.

A playing XI must have a minimum of four B1s and a maximum of four B3s. Any category can be replaced by a player of a lower category to make up the XI. There must be a B1, B2 and a B3 player in each cycle of three batsmen where possible.

The ball is made of moulded plastic with steel ball bearings inside to make it rattle. The ball must bounce at least once in each half of the wicket and must be delivered underarm.

A B1 player must have a runner and a B2 player has the option of having a runner if they wish. Each run scored by a B1 player counts as two.

The pitch is of a standard length and the stumps are painted yellow or orange to make them easier to see. Boundaries must be a minimum of 45 metres and a maximum of 55 metres.

Deaf Cricket

To play the international game, all cricketers with a hearing impairment must have a hearing loss of 55 decibels or less in their better ear. To put that in context it means they would be unable to hear an everyday conversation. A lot of the players will use digital hearing aids to help them in their everyday lives, however these must be removed when they take the field.

Learning Disability Cricket

International Learning Disability Sport is overseen by the world governing body of Learning Disability Sport, INAS-FID. INAS rules state that to play sport as an athlete with a Learning Disability you must be able to demonstrate that you have an IQ of 75 or less.

To demonstrate this cricketers undergo an assessment by an Educational Psychologist to ascertain their IQ level and they are then registered with INAS as being able to participate in international sport. The advantage of this system is that it is standard and accepted globally.

At tournaments the documentation of all participants is checked by representatives of both INAS and other participating countries to ensure the system is transparent.

Physical Disability Cricket

At this moment in time there is no recognised international cricket for people with physical disabilities.

One of the barriers that needs to be overcome is the standardising of a classification system that will be accepted globally. It is an extreme example but we need to ensure that someone in a wheelchair isn’t competing against someone who is missing half a finger.

In our domestic structure we have adopted the DSE profiling system for athletes with physical impairments otherwise known as the Coaches Guide to Functional Ability.

This system has served us well for over ten years but it's not perfect and we are currently reviewing this system so that what have is right for cricket going forward.

If you have any questions regarding the classification of any type of disability cricket please speak to one of the officials at the event or direct your question to disabilitycricket@ecb.co.uk.

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