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 Taunton Deane 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.

ECB Disability Player Pathway – Downlaod Here: 

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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 – Manager
  • Paul Dean – Treasurer
  • Steve Gass – Secretary
  • Paul Lewis – Safeguarding Officer
  • Nick Dean – Club Captain
  • Paul Lewis – Development Team Manager
  • Kirstie Mayled – Social Media Officer
  • 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!

2022 has been another successful season for Somerset Disabled Cricket Club. Whilst silverware alluded the league side in the final game of the season, the club grew more so than any year before. 2022 saw the introduction of the new development squad. The aim of this team is to provide additional cricket opportunities in a more competitive environment, exposing players of all abilities to how Somerset DCC play cricket. This side also brings a chance for players to develop their skills, practice in a match setting and to improve with the view of breaking into the league side.

The development side played a number of fixtures in its first year, with players both new and existing, grasping the opportunity to play more disabled cricket. There were standout performances in each game, all played in the Somerset spirit, instilling further the supportive nature in which we believe cricket should be played.

The league side had another strong season. The squad showed true resilience to cope with several injuries and illnesses through the season. However, the group stage ended with Somerset top of the group, having bounced back from a loss away from home against Gloucestershire to then go unbeaten through the rest of the group, including a big win against Wales and a highlight performance against Gloucestershire towards the end of July.

This run set up a second regional final for the league side in 2 years, this time against Gloucestershire hosted at Hawksbury Cricket Club. Somerset were set a mammoth total of 222 to win by a very strong batting side, and yet the side responded typically defiant. Supported by our usual strong following of family and friends, Somerset reached 207 – not enough to claim victory, but plenty in both statistics and manner of performance to be incredibly proud of.

2022 has been a brilliant spring board year for the club. Its highlighted things we are doing well; providing more disability cricket opportunities to as many people as possible, playing cricket with togetherness and inclusivity whilst being competitive at every level. Its also shown us areas we wish to improve on – namely better contingency plans for cancelled games (important for English summers!). The year as a whole has set the club up to really build further in 2023, both on and off the pitch.

Unfortunately, 2022 also saw us lose a dear friend. Stuart Allbut had umpired most, if not all of Somerset Disabled CC’s home games for over 15 years. He was a fantastic character and was with us through all of the highs and lows the club has been through over the years. Not only there with us, but making those experiences even more memorable. It was a genuine pleasure to be out in the middle with him, a true legend. Everyone at the club will miss him dearly. Thank you Stuart.

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
Cooper Associates County Ground
5.15pm – 6pm
Wednesday
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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