Success for Perth and Kinross 'No Limits' team
From Live Active Leisure
The Live Active Leisure “No Limits” disability cricket team travelled to Manchester this weekend to defend their title in the tri-nations tournament organised by the Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities.
The competition included teams from England, Wales and Scotland and was held at the fantastic international ‘test’ cricket ground at Old Trafford. The team has spent the past eight months training each week at Bell’s Sports Centre to prepare for the event and were very excited to be invited to the prestigious event again this year.
The team met some excellent opposition at the tournament and found the competition to be challenging with both sides quite evenly matched. Playing in categories, the No Limits team enjoyed a 20 overs match against a CFPD select team comprising of players from several English counties. The No Limits team won the toss and fielded first. They bowled accurately and fielded superbly managing to restrict the opposition to 72 taking four wickets along the way. This was a substantial total and the team knew they would need to play to their full potential to achieve the win. Batting in pairs for four overs each, the team batted steadily and carefully.
The team drew on their experiences from last year and each player contributed positively to the score-line with the team posting a magnificent 124 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after 20 overs winning by 52 runs. The No Limits cricket team were absolutely delighted to win the game and each player was thrilled to be presented with a beautiful medal.
Team Coach and Live Active Leisure Area Head Coach, James Ross said, “I am very proud of every player that took part in the tournament. Everyone has been very committed and dedicated attending coaching every week. I am so pleased to see how much each player has progressed and developed their skills. We have all had a wonderful experience in Manchester and I’m proud of everything that we have achieved together. It is quite an occasion to play in such prestigious surroundings and the team played to their full potential which is always fantastic for a coach to see. I’m really looking forward to future events and seeing the team move on to even greater things”.
The No Limits cricket coaching sessions are funded by the SAINTS project who also very kindly allowed the team to travel in their academy minibus. In addition to the amazing sporting achievements, the team members were all fully involved in fundraising for the accommodation and clothing costs associated with the trip.
Fundraising activities included a sponsored swim and a fabulous disco attended by 100 people raising over £500 on the night. Grateful thanks go to Perth and Kinross Council carer, Marion Ward for her efforts in co-ordinating the fundraising activities and to the players who rose to the challenge of raising money themselves for the tour. Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross and head coach James Ross from Live Active Leisure wish to thank Marion Ward & Derek Brown, from Perth and Kinross Council who accompanied the team to assist with the pastoral care of the players, Dave Black from the SAINTS project for his continued support and Sheila Frenz from NHS Tayside who promotes the cricket coaching activities as part of the therapy group sessions held at Bell’s Sports Centre on Mondays.
No Limits cricket sessions are open to adults aged 16+ with a learning, physical or sensory disability and the free coaching sessions will re-commence in August at the start of the new school term and will be held at Bell’s Sports Centre on Monday mornings. Plans are well advanced for a return tournament in Perth this Autumn.