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Posted in 'General' on August 17, 2016 by Stuart Macfarlane
 
Steve Palmer, Ricky Segura and Matt Cameron (on debut), all with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), were the standout performers for Australia in Adelaide during the Australia vs England Lord's Taverners International Blind Cricket Series earlier this year. Unfortunately Australia lost the ODI series 4-1 but split the T20 series 1-1.  England ODI captain Matt Dean (RP with Ushers) dominated the series and was awarded the Vision Australia 'man of the series' and an iPad Pro.

Blind Cricket Australia Chairman and Australian fast bowler Ray Moxly (who has ocular albinism) said, "Blind Cricket is a sport for people who are legally blind at all levels but those who just qualify as being legally blind tend to have the greatest impact on a match.  Australia needs to find more well sighted (but legally blind) athletes if it wants to remain competitive at the international level."  A blind cricket 11 is comprised of 4 partially sighted (B3) players, 3 poor partially sighted (B2) players and 4 totally blind (B1) players.  Batsmen hitting 4's and 6's is a common occurrence, there are plenty of classic catches taken and the best bowlers deliver the ball at 100kph!!
 

Queensland Blind Cricket is currently looking for new players as it heads into a Summer of Cricket.  The Queensland Squad for the upcoming National Championships will be selected in the next two months and the Australian team will head to India in January to take part in the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup.

There is an indoor cricket version of Blind Cricket too.  This game is called Vision Impaired Indoor Cricket, it is suitable for players with a reasonable level of vision and is played every Monday night at Toombul, Brisbane.

For more information on Blind Cricket or Vision Impaired Indoor Cricket contact Ray Moxly chairman@blindcricket.org.au or Facebook Vision Impaired Indoor Cricket and Queensland Blind Cricket.