As we enter July, Hampshire’s blind cricketers have reached the halfway point of their season and it has been a tough one so far.
The team has drawn one and lost the other two league games to be played. The side also bowed out of the T20 Cup after a defeat to Kent. Despite the results on the field, there have been positive signs for the team.
“We have seen a couple of new players join the team this year, along with improvements from some of our returning team members from last season” said club vice-captain, Mat Killeen. He added: “The results have not been what we would want, but the fact that some players have stepped up and shown improvement, means that we can still look positively at the first half of our season”.
One of those to make their debut was Clarke Reynolds, who started in the T20 match against Kent, pulling off a superb catch falling backwards to provide the main highlight on what was a difficult day for the side.
Killeen himself has led from the front on the bowling front. With four wickets, the vice-captain is the club’s leading wicket-taker this term. Captain Ryan West leads the runs total having made half-centuries against Metro Devils and Gloucestershire. Other notable performers are Dave Daniels, who has equalled his career high score with the bat on two separate occasions, as well as Paige Lilywhite who scored her first ever runs in the previous league match against Kent.
The team will now focus on the two games starting off in July away to Berkshire on the 2nd followed by another trip to Surrey a week later.