Lara Barrett with England VI

 

The England VI side reached the semi-final of the Blind World Cup, staged in South Africa at the end of last year and played an entertaining a series against the reigning champions, India. Commenting on the squad and upcoming series Ross Hunter, Head Coach of the England VI side said: “We are very excited by the potential of this squad and delighted they will get the opportunity to play at iconic cricket venues like the Kia Oval and Arundel. There is a mix of experience and youth in the squad, and intense training over the next few months will focus on challenging current techniques and ways of doing things to take the group to the next level.”

The six match series produced many highlights. Bowling India out for under 300 at Wolverhampton is an achievement no other team have match. The youngest player, who is 18 years old, bowled 8-45-4. 2). One of the B1 players (totally blind) hit a 6 at the Oval. VI players score double runs so that was 12 from one delivery!

As well playing for the Men and Women’s teams for Odiham, Lara also coaches the Colts and is a member of the management committee. Speaking at the end of the series Lara said, “I am so lucky to have spent the last week with the most incredible and inspirational individuals that are a credit to English cricket.” OGCC is also lucky to have Lara in the ranks and she is a credit to the club.   

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