About the club

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club compete in the ECB National Disability County Cricket Championships in the Super 9s South West division along with four other counties. The club plays each other team home and away, with the team finishing top of the league progressing to the regional finals day. Somerset Disabled Cricket Club play their home games at Taunton Deane Cricket Club and matches are contested with an incrediball (not a hard cricket ball, a softer ball with a hard foam centre).

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club

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Somerset Disabled Cricket Club are a friendly and sociable club who are always looking for new players. Training is open to anyone with a physical or learning disability.

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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.

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
  • Neil Staines – Coach
  • Linda Curtis – Treasurer
  • Steve Gass – Secretary
  • Paul Lewis – Welfare Officer
  • Nick Dean – Club Captain

The Club is always on the look out for support. This season, the club have secured a fantastic sponsorship deal with Somerset Care; Realise. This is a fantastic £500 per season, for the next three seasons. In addition, the club have also secured donations from CareTech and the Freemasons of Nailsea.

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!

In addition to the First Team, we also run a County Development Team. The Development Team is aimed at young people and adults looking to make their first step into competitive cricket.  The Development team, know as the Dragons, also train and have friendly fixtures against other counties. For me details, please read the section on training.

To play for the County team, all players must meet a recognised level of disability. To play for the development side, player registration is not essential.

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.

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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.

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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
4.45pm – 5.45pm
Monday
Cooper Associates County Ground
5.15pm – 6pm
Thursday
Westfield Academy
7.00pm – 8.00pm