The Berkshire Stags Visually Impaired Cricket Club was established in 2010 and is open to male and female players over the age of 11. There is no upper age limit. You don’t have to be blind to play visually impaired cricket but you must be eligible to be registered as partially sighted or blind. The team is made of people with differing degrees of sight loss. Players come from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Visually impaired cricket is similar to conventional cricket but is played with a size three white football to help partially sighted players see it and it has small ball bearings inside to allow totally blind players to hear it. White plastic wickets are used and players wear dark clothing to contrast against the ball
In 2017 we teamed up with Future Legends coaching company and train regularly from January through to September in and out of doors.
The Stags play in the Blind Cricket England and Wales South & West Regional League and the T20 Knockout Cup.
We also play a number of friendly fixtures throughout the season, usually against sighted cricket teams whose players wear ‘Simspecs’ to simulate various types of visual impairment.
We are grateful for the support we are given by Binfield CC, who provide us with facilities for most of our home games. In 2018, we are looking forward to playing at Farnham Royal CC and Bracknell CC as well. We are also indebted to Pinkneys Green CC and Burnham CC for allowing us to use their facilities for training. We have many friends and family members who help out with transport and teas and make our matches more enjoyable.
The Stags would welcome new players or anyone with an interest in cricket who would like to help or get involved with our club. We are a friendly club and are proud of our reputation for playing in “the Spirit of Cricket” where playing is more important than winning.
You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter and find out more about V.I. cricket on Blind Cricket England and Wales’s website