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inform issue 29 - Summer 2019

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18 informonline.org.au Feature Right: Brett Wilson values the friendships and travel opportunities cricket has given him throughout his distinguished career. A BREIF HISTORY OF Championship Beckons As much fun as they might be having, the Victorian team will also be looking to avenge two years of close losses at the next National Cricket Inclusion Championships in January. After dominating in the National Championships for more than a decade, Brett says the last two years, have been bitter pills to swallow. ‘We just expected we were going to win it,’ he said. ‘For now, we’re rebuilding.’ But the team is also focused on recruiting young players and looking at ways to make the sport more welcoming and engaging for them. Including introducing a faster style of game. For now, Brett echoes his earlier sentiments about the extra benefits of being involved in blind cricket, namely the camaraderie and friendships but also the opportunity for travel. ‘You can always go to the next level, play for your club, play for your state, play the elite level of cricket and make friends all over the world. ‘Come down, join a team,’ he said. Matt echoes Brett’s encouragement, describing how the friendships you can make as being especially great. ‘The guys down here are pretty chill and pretty relaxed. And honestly, if we see a new person we grab them and teach them. If they don’t enjoy it, that’s fine. But if you try it, we’re more than happy to help you out.’ History of blind cricket The origins of Blind Cricket can be traced to Prahan in Melbourne in 1922. A test match was being played in Melbourne at the time and a group of blind and vision impaired people were inspired to play themselves. They came up with the idea of putting rocks into a can and using it as a ball. Soon after, the Victorian Blind Cricket Association was formed. The first ground and clubhouse for blind cricket was built in Kooyong in Melbourne in 1928. In 1952, the first National Blind Cricket Championships were held. By then, the rocks in a can had evolved to cane wound through a wire frame and filled with lead and bottle tops. Today, Blind Cricket is played across the country with state teams competing in the National Cricket Inclusion Championships. From there, the Australian team competes in T20 and One Day International world cups. To find out more about blind cricket visit www.blindcricket.org.au BLIND CRICKET

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