Delight at England Blind Cricket World Cup selection

The Change Foundation has reasons to be cheerful as Si Ledwith, Head of Development for the charity, was named in the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) 17-man Visually Impaired squad to travel to South Africa for the Blind Cricket World Cup in November.

Si, who plays for Sussex Sharks, was over the moon when he heard the news at the squad’s recent training camp, “I’m pumped but keeping my feet on the ground. I’m stepping up my training and can’t wait to take any opportunities for a starting berth if they come my way”.

All Rounder, Si Ledwith, seen here playing in a match for The Change Foundation.

Four more reasons for the charity to be cheerful, as Mark Bond (London Metro), Ryan Jones (London Metro), Hassan Khan (London Metro) and Dan Field (Sussex Sharks) have also been included in the squad. All of these players have been heavily involved in the charity’s Hit The Top disability cricket programme over the last few years.

In a round robin event the England team will take on Sri Lanka in Cape Town on November 27th in their first match of the tournament which will also feature teams from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies.

In what is seen as a strong squad with a nucleus of senior players and some exciting new players who are all keen to make an impression in South Africa, Si (Ledwith) adds, “We are going into the competition in a strong and confident manner”.

People can follow the team’s progress through the ECB and Blind Cricket England & Wales (@ukblindcricket) websites and twitter feeds.