About the club

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club compete in the ECB National Disability County Cricket Championships in both the D40 Pursuit League and the Super 9s South West division .

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club play their home games at Ilton Cricket Cricket Club and matches are contested with an incrediball for Super 9’s and hardball for D40. Matches are played on a Sunday afternoon.

You can read more about the rules and formats for each competition by looking at the handbooks deatiled on the ECB website:

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club was formed in 1997 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Thanks to the support of the Somerset Cricket Board and through the sheer determination of a number of hardworking individuals the club has become one of the strongest in the Country. Achieving success on a national scale, whilst also managing to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities and all types of physical and learning impairments.

This is a club run by disabled people for disabled people.

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All home fixtures are 1pm start at Ilton Cricket Club, unless stated otherwise

D40 Hardball Team 

Date
Fixture
Home/Away
05/05/2024
Somerset v Gloucestershire
Home
19/05/2024
Hants/Dorset v Somerset
Away
02/06/2024
I O W v Somerset
Away
16/06/2024
Gloucestershire v Somerset
Away
30/06/2024
Somerset v Hants/Dorset
Home
14/07/2024
Somerset v I  O W
Home

Super 9 Softball Team 

Date
Fixture
Home/Away
12-May-24
Somerset v Gloucestershire
Home
09-Jun-24
Somerset v Dorset
Home
23-Jun-24
Cornwall v Somerset
Away
07-Jul-24
Glouestershire v Somerset
Away
28-Jul-23
Somerset v Wales miners
Home
18-Aug-24
Wales Miners v Somerset
Away

Club Friendly Fixtures (ones in bold are TBC)

Date
Fixture
Home/Away
Team
28/04/2023
Somerset v  Stragglers
Home
D40
28/04/2024
Somerset v Ilton
Home
Super 9
26/05/2024
Somerset v Somerset Internal
Wombats
07/07/2024
Huntpsill & District v Somerset
Away
D40
21/07/2024
MSN v somerset
Away
Super 9
04-Aug
Somerset v Purnell
Away
D40
04-Aug
Claverham v Somerset
Away
Super9
18-Aug
 Ilton v Somerset
Home
D40
28-Aug
Somerset v
Away
Super 9
28-Aug
Somerset V
Away
D40

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club have a Club Committee; names and roles can be seen below. For information or to contact any of the committee, please email Steve Gass.

  • Tracy Hallows – Chairperson
  • Jason Mayled – Cricket Director
  • Paul Dean – Treasurer
  • Steve Gass – Secretary
  • Paul Lewis – Safeguarding Officer
  • Nick Dean – Club Captain
  • Paul Lewis – Development Team Manager
  • Kirstie Mayled – Social Media & Events Officer
  • Lucy Turner – Fundraiser
  • Linda Curtis – Hon. Lifetime member.

The Club curenelty have support from Blackdown Financial Services and Eurilait.

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club competes in the National Disabled Cricket League (Incrediball). The incrediball is a safety compound ball, used to help reduce the risk of injury, it looks and behaves as a regular cricket ball. The National League is organised into regional leagues, with the top team progressing to semi-finals and finals. In 2006, less then a decade after being formed, the Somerset team won their first national league title and winning has been a habit since!

Report by Club Captain; Nick Dean

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club enjoyed another successful season in 2023.

It began with a historic highlight for the club, playing their first ever fixture on the Cooper Associates County Ground. Somerset came out on top against Gloucestershire in a brilliant and memorable day for all involved.

The SDCC League Team enjoyed a season full of competitive games. The highlight performance of the group stage came against Gloucestershire, where after a difficult start, the team set their opponents a target of 151. A tight run chase was anticipated, however a fantastic bowling performance saw Somerset bowl out their close rivals for 69.

Somerset finished the group stage top of the table, marking a satisfying first part of their 2023 campaign. This set up a repeat of 2022s regional final; Somerset Disabled CC vs Gloucestershire for the 2023 title. Again, Somerset produced an impressive bowling and fielding performance, taking 7 catches without a drop and bowling Gloucestershire out for 62. Unfortunately, rain ultimately won the day, with Somerset at 23/0 in their chase, the rain arrived and the fame had to be abandoned.

The SDCC Development team took great strides on and off the pitch, growing in numbers and playing a number of competitive fixtures against opposition varying in ability and experience. The side built on third momentum of the previous season and as a team and individuals, with a number of debutants and standout performances. The highlight being a statement win by 2 wickets against established opposition Dorset.

The success of the two sides has allowed for unprecedented expansion. Somerset Disabled CC is now able to offer 2 levels of competitive disability cricket, S9 and D40. This is the sign of an incredibly successful 2023, the hard work of all involved in the club, and a hugely exciting 2024 to come.

PlAYING FOR A TEAM

Somerset Disabled CC has three teams: Dragons, Super and D40.   The Dragons team is the entry point and is ideal for new players or beginners looking for some friendly social cricket, whereas the Super 9 and D40 are formats suited to players with experience of cricket.  Read more below:

Somerset Disabled CC for the first time in 2024 will compete the National D40 Pursuit League.  The D40 PURSUIT consists of three regional divisions (D40 PURSUIT North & Mids, D40 PURSUIT South East and D40 PURSUIT South West).

D40 cricket is 40 overs a side with 11 players making up a team.  Games are played with a pink hardball.  There are no power plays but 4 fielders are expected to remain in the 30 metre circlet during the entire innings.

Somerset Disabled CC has a Super 9 Team that plays in the ECB Super 9 Regional South West League.

The S9 REGIONAL format of competition is based around a 30 over, 9-a-side game, up to a 40 over game with 11 players and is played with a soft ball.  Games can be played with 9, 10 or 11 players a side

Number of players 9.  Over per innings 30.  Over per bowler 6.  Bowler retires after taking 3 wickets.  Batter retires after scoring 50 and 75

Number of players 10.  Over per innings 35.  Over per bowler 7.  Bowler retires after taking 3 wickets.  Batter retires after scoring 50 and 75

Number of players 11.  Over per innings 40.  Over per bowler 8.  Bowler retires after taking 3 wickets.  Batter retires after scoring 50 and 75

Somerset Disabled CC has a Dragons team which is ideal for new players to the game.  Games are flexible in team sizes and all games are played with a wind ball and a plastic bat.  The Pairs format means players all get a chance to bat and bowl.  The team will play four friendly fixtures across the season.

To play for the County team, all players must meet a recognised level of disability.

Classification:

To enable people with similar degrees of function to compete as fairly as possible so that sporting ability is judged purely by the results of the competition.

Learning disability

To play for the County Team, a player must be able to provide two pieces of information to an ECB classification Officer. For more information, please download the ECB’s Learning Disability Guidance.

  • IQ Test (score less than 75)
  • Statement of Education Needs
  • Special Accommodation (evidence of player living in special accommodation)
  • Special Employment ( evidence from an employer)
  • Statutory Financial Support (letter from the DWP or DHS showing player is in receipt of DLA or equivalents)
  • Age of onset pre 18 (intellectual disability must be evident during the developmental period, which is from conception to 18 years of age)
Physical Disability

To play for the County team, a player must have Certificate of Diagnosis form completed from health professional. For more information, please download the ECB’s Physical Disability Guidance.  Physical Disabilities could include: Amputees, hemiplegia, congenital limb problems, significant loss of body organs, cerebral palsy, wheelchair users, debility following malignant disease, significant mobility problems.

Hearing impairment

In order to be eligible to take part in ECB disability cricket domestic competitions, a player must be able to evidence a hearing loss of 26Db or above in their better ear. The evidence should take the form of a recognised audiogram with its supportive documentation.  For more information, please download the Hearing Impairment Guide

Neurodiverse

The ECB allows players who are autistic to take part in the disability competitions.  Players with autism must provide medical documentation to support their condition.  Players with autism are treated on a case by case basis – the Autistic Spectrum is wide and varied and disability cricket may not suit everyone with autism. – We remain sensitive to the player’s needs in every case.  As things currently stand, players with autism are not eligible to player cricket internationally.
The governing body for world’s learning disability sport (Vertus) are running a pilot scheme where autistic sports men and women are taking place in events along side others with learning disability.

Find out more

Club Life Feature

The club has enjoyed plenty of media coverage over previous years with the most recent being provided by BBC Somerset.

During the 2012 season Sky Sports chose Somerset Disabled Cricket Club as one of their Club Life Roadshow clubs. Being filmed for the day was a real thrill for the entire club and gave them the opportunity to show just what they can achieve.

Future training sessions

During the Winter  we offer small group sesisons for members of Somerset Disabled CC to keep fresh and connected.  We offer sessions in three locations (see below).  During the Spring (February – April) training will take place at the Cooper Associates County Ground on a Saturday morning. To register your interest in attending these training sessions, please contact us by completing the online form below.

Day
Venue
Times
Monday
Bath Cricket Club
5pm – 5.45pm
Monday (until March 2024)
Cooper Associates County Ground
5.15pm – 6pm
Thursday (2, 16 May, 6, 20 June)
Millfield School
6.30pm – 8pm
Saturday’s (17 Feb, 24 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 27 Apr)
Cooper Associates County Ground
9.30am – 1.30pm

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