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We don't like cricket … we love it!!!

On the 15th November, eight of our inspiring young people attended the table-top cricket competition, the very first of its kind at Chailey’s new Dream Centre.  After successful coaching sessions with Sussex Cricket and a truly magical day at The County Ground in Hove last year, we are keen that our students have as many opportunities to participate in this inclusive sport which they clearly love!

Our students, staff and parents were welcomed to the Dream Centre by Al and his inspirational students before the match began.  The game then started in traditional fashion through the toss of a coin which Chailey won and decided to bat first.  WM were very eager to use the new adapted table cricket equipment which has been created due to some amazing collaborative work between Chailey and their engineers.  Both batting and fielding can now be accessed through receiving information from a variety of switches which can be activated via hand, head and other subtle body movements.  This allows the students to make choices and take more control. 

WM started well, with captain Aya opening the bowling with a very strong over.  Chailey then demonstrated how skilful their students are, as their batting improved enormously during the first innings, and finished with a very impressive 290 runs!  It was now down to WM to respond, and didn’t we just!  Our students demonstrated some fantastic batting; every student got into double figures but it was Katie who led the way with a massive 19 runs!  It was very tense as we awaited the scores after the first innings, it was extremely tight with Woodlands Meed finishing with 291 runs, just one run in front of Chailey!  Play then stopped for a well-deserved lunch break.  When play then resumed, there was some magical batting and superb bowling by both sides, and plenty of smiles and laughter too!  

Scores were calculated from both the first and second innings to provide a grand total.  This time, it really could not have been closer with both WM and Chailey finishing on exactly the same number of runs!  Therefore the first test ends in a draw!  Well done to all involved, there was some outstanding cricket played!

We hope this will be a half-termly event, with the next test taking part after Christmas.  This was a real success and it is brilliant that all our students have the opportunity to participate in a competitive event, well done guys, we cannot wait for the next event!