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Wigan school scoops table cricket honours

IT’S NOT often you get the chance to play cricket at Lords, especially if you have problems just walking onto the crease.

But The Lord’s Taverners have come up with a way – their unique Macquarie National Table Cricket competition.

And this year it was pupils at Wigan’s Oakfield High School who came away with the trophy after putting up a magnificent performance to take revenge over last year’s winners, Victoria Education and Sports College, from Poole, Dorset.Wolverhampton’s Penn Hall Outreach Group finished in third place.

Now in its 14th year, the competition involved more than 600 pupils from across the UK Table cricket, played on a table tennis surface with specially designed bats and balls, enables young people with disabilities and special needs to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

Matthew Patten, chief executive at The Lord’s Taverners, said: “We believe all young people should have access to sport and recreation, particularly those with disabilities and special needs.”

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