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Sight Classification Discussion Document


As agreed at the AGM, a consultation group has been meeting periodically to discuss a way forward for BCEW with regard to Sight Classifications and Sight Testing Procedures. The group is made up of representatives from most of the full member clubs.

There is broad agreement across the group that the current sight testing procedures are unreliable, and not robust enough for domestic national competitions. There are also suspicions that they are open to abuse, particularly in the lower sight classifications.

The proposal that follows is put as a possible first step in the way forward.

Sight Classifications.
We propose the following changes to bring clarity to the definitions of the classifications, and begin the process of removing the historical suspicions of error and abuse.

To replace the current ‘B’ classifications with the following :

To qualify for this classification a player must hold a valid B1 classification, or have official Low Partial status, and wear shades on the field of play. A ‘Total’ player would receive the concessions of a current B1. (We are in the process of purchasing and trialling several different types of shades, with the intention of offering more than one option for players.)

Low Partial.
To qualify for this classification a player must hold either a valid B1 or B2 classification, and have been granted official Low Partial status. The ‘Low Partial’ would retain the current concession.

Mid Partial.
To qualify for this classification a player must hold either a valid B2 or B3 classification.

High Partial.
To qualify for this classification a player must hold a valid B4 classification. The current B4 conditions of play would apply to ‘High Partials’.

The make up of a team would be as follows: A minimum of 4 players from the Total and Low Partial classifications, including a minimum of 3 Totals; a maximum of 2 High Partials, with the remaining places for Mid Partials.

Sight Testing Procedures.
Unfortunately, BCEW are currently not in a position financially, nor professionally, to have their own examiners or classifiers to test players, other than as proposed above.

What we are proposing is to seek meetings with BBS and experienced examiners to discuss the possibility of developing sight testing procedures that are more advanced than the entry level procedures currently in place.

This document is designed to provoke discussion and debate on the subject by players, officials, and interested parties. We invite and encourage you to respond with your views and opinions of our proposal by e-mail to

There will be an open meeting towards the end of September to discuss the matter further, ahead of the AGM.

David Townley
BCEW Chairman.


Alternative Cup Final Match Report

To see the official cup final match report please visit

Alternative Cup Final Match Report
By Paul Toplis, Metro Scorer

Fitting Performance in First Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 10th August
The thirty-fifth British Blind Sport cricket cup – the first for the new trophy named in memory of Heindrich, a legend of the game and a fantastic member of Metro, saw only the third five wicket bowling haul in a cup final with Warwickshire’s Justin Hollingsworth taking 5 for twenty-eight. Not quite the impressive six for seven that Heindrich managed in 2001 but close to the five for twenty-five of Dave Samuels back in 97.
Sadly Metro were not in the final having lost to Warwickshire in the quarter finals, who then beat Yorkshire to set up a final against Sussex who had beaten Berkshire, Hampshire and Somerset to reach the final. The venue was the county ground at Northamptonshire, hosting the final for the first time, and with sunshine dappling the ground the first action of the day saw the teams assemble on the outfield to be shown the new cup and to have a minute’s applause for Heindrich. In honour of the new cup the match programme featured photos of Hein in action as well as a tribute from the chair of BBS cricket, David Gavrilovic, and favourite memories of Hein in the player profiles.
The captains and officials then went out to the pitch for the toss which Sussex lost and so were asked to bat by Luke Sugg. The Sussex innings started well as although openers Simon Ledwith and Joe Harrison were not hitting the ball off the middle of the bat they ran well together to keep the score moving along and to reach 50 in the seventh over – and then extend their partnership to reach 66 before Simon was caught for 19 by Ryan Leighton in Justin Hollingsworth’s first over. From that point on Warwickshire Bears started to take control of the game and when drinks were taken Sussex were in trouble at 104 for 5; Joe having become Justin’s third victim after scoring 44. Toby Collins threatened to push the score along with a quick-fire 15 off twelve balls that included three fours but no other batsman could get into double figures and Justin captured the last two wickets by bowling Robin Williams and then having Mark Burchell well caught by Andy Powers to end the Sussex innings in the twenty-sixth over with the score on 131.
The Northants hospitality was excellent at the break with a fantastic choice of hot food plus salad and then fruit salad and yoghurt for dessert – Sussex having to eat knowing they faced a big effort in the field if they were to win the cup.
They got off to the best possible start as Simon caught Justin off Mark Buchell’s fifth ball with the score on just 4. However they could not maintain the pressure as Nathan Foy joined Andy Powers in the middle and Warwickshire reached 33 off three overs; Sussex then had their final success of the afternoon as Simon caught Nathan off Joe’s bowling two balls later. The rest of the afternoon however was then Warwickshire’s; Luke joined Andy and this pair rarely looked in trouble as they kept the score moving against all the Sharks bowlers – with none of those used able to stem the flow of runs for more than a few balls at a time. Captain Andy Dalby-Welsh managed to limit them to two in his first over and had bowled four balls for just one in his third, the eighteenth of the innings, before a no-ball resulted in a perhaps rather disappointing end to the match leaving the Warwickshire pair’s partnership on 99, so a third Cup Final century
partnership was not to be. Andy Powers 59 not out, including 10 fours, was also just outside the top ten individual scores.
Northant’s Lee Daggett was on hand for the closing ceremony to award Justin and Nathan man of the match awards, the new trophy to Luke and medals these three and the other Bears – Andy Powers, Ryan Leighton, Jagdish Pata, Hassan Ali, Asif Ali, Mark Turnham, Aiden Reilly and Adrian Snelgrove.
A most enjoyable afternoon – Metro must surely be keen to be in the final next year and capture the new trophy for the first time.

A fitting Tribute To Hein

BCEW Yesterday sent out the following press release explaining how we as an organisation are going to remember Heindrich Swanepoel who sadly died at the end of last year.

World’s Oldest Blind Cricket Competition Renamed In Honour Of Legendary Player

The world’s longest running blind cricket competition has been renamed in honour of arguably the game’s greatest ever player.

The competition, in its 35th year, will now be known as the British Blind Sport Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup.

The change in the competition name will take place immediately, with the first round of the newly named tournament starting on Saturday 4th May with the final taking place at a yet to be confirmed venue on Saturday 10th August.

 Who was Heindrich Swanepoel?Hein wearing a sombrero and playing a drum

Heindrich was the most successful blind cricketer of all time, in over 20 years playing for London Metro Heindrich won the BBS Cup 10 times, reached the final another 6 times & won the national league title 8 times. He still holds the best ever bowling figures in the cup final, 6 for 7 versus Lancashire in 2001. He has also won a succession
Heindrich made his international debut when the England team was formed in 1998 & he played every international from that point until England’s Twenty20 series against Australia in summer 2012 when he finally missed his first match. This included 3 world cups, 3 Ashes series’ & if not for his untimely passing Hein would have gone to the 2012 World Cup in India.of player of the season awards & was the last man to captain a side to the league & cup double, achieving the feat in 2003.

Off the field Hein served as Financial Director for the World Blind Cricket Council for a number of years & also had spells as Treasurer of both BBS Cricket & BCEW.

Aged just 43 Heindrich suffered a heart attack & died whilst on holiday in Morocco at the end of September 2012.


Some Thoughts

Ian Martin (Disability Cricket Manager of the England & Wales Cricket Board)

“This is a really fitting way to remember Heindrich. He made an enormous contribution to the development of Blind Cricket in this country and abroad and his legacy will live on through this competition to inspire future generations”


Rory Field (Captain of London Metro & one of Heindrich’s closest friends)

“Heindrich was a pillar of strength and pivot around which so much revolved in Metro. He was a passionate and fantastic cricketer and an even better person who took what most cricketers mean by that holistic term ‘the spirit of cricket’ so much further. Heindrich would always be the first to help injured players, be the first to ensure that all B1 players have a guide, the first to help with administrative duties such as sorting out kit for the new season and the last to leave the practice ground. Heindrich will live on in our hearts and memories and now also in one of the English games greatest competitions; very fitting.”


Luke Sugg (Captain of the England Visually Impaired Cricket Team)

“Working alongside such as accomplished individual was a tremendous honour for me. Heindrich was like a brother to not only me – but everyone involved within the England team. I had the pleasure of opening the bowling with him, and still to this day strive to have his belief and determination to succeed. I’ll never forget my first act as England skipper was to tell Hein he was being rested – I could hardly speak to tell him – knowing how proud he was to wear the three lions on his chest. He’ll go down in history, and will forever remain in our hearts. Naming this prestigious competition after him is the very least we can expect – after he put so much into helping blind cricket develop. It will drive everyone to win this competition.”


Hein wearing Metro Kit seemingly asleep with his head resting on a cricket ball.Dave Gavrilovic (Chairman British Blind Sport Cricket)

“Some people will only remember Heindrich for his multitude of sporting achievements, but for those of us who knew him it will also be his kindness, his humour & his seemingly endless strength that will be unforgettable.
Heindrich was a true legend of Visually Impaired sport & will be both remembered & much missed by so many people. Naming this country’s most iconic Blind Cricket competition after the legend that was Hein is truly fitting.”I was lucky enough to be part of the Ashes squad with Heindrich in summer 2012 and I will always remember how much he went out of his way to help all the new players & to make sure the b1 players were looked after both on and off the field. He was always there with some advice if other players were struggling & could always spare a few words of encouragement when they were needed.


This post will forever stay on the blog as a tribute to Hein please feel free to share your own memories or special moments in the comments area – they will be added over time to this original post.


Hey folks I hope you are all fighting fit and ready for the start if another domestic blind cricket season, just 4 weeks to go! I wanted to quickly write a bit of an update of what has been going on behind the scenes during the winter break.

Firstly the BCEW committee and clubs have been busy planning the 2013 fixtures including those for the development leagues, international training and development and finals day. In the next few weeks all these dates should be finalised so please look out for this soon.

The second exciting development is with our website, as you will be aware this Blog was originally set up when we were between websites and needed a way of communicating online that myself and Dave G could manage ourselves.

As many of you will be aware we now have a shiny new website that has been carefully built and developed over the last few months its now pretty much finished interns of set up and is fully up and running.

As a committee we decided that it would still be of value to keep this blog but there are going to be some changes not all of which are fully ironed out at this stage.

Over the next few weeks when for example you click through to look at the rules for blind cricket you will find a link to this on our new website instead of the information all being on the blog.

As I said the blog will remain as the online social home of blind cricket match reports will still be posted here along with news and our twitter feed.

This season we are trailing producing audio recordings for the results of fixtures on a weekly bases so you will be able to find those here too and even subscribe to our audio updates using iTunes.

By far the best thing about this blog is that you can get involved too you can comment on posts or add your own opinion which is not possible anywhere else online. On this note if you would like to have a go at writing a match report please email it to us and if appropriate we would be more than happy to upload it.

Porter Steps Down as England Coach

Following the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup England Blind Cricket Coach Chris Porter has stepped down from his role with the national side.

Chris led the side for more than three years including series’s against Pakistan, India, Australia & the 2012 World Cup.

Porter, who works for ICC Europe, also presided over a development programme in 2011 which resulted in 8 players making their England debuts in 2012.

“I’m leaving to concentrate on the most important coaching job of my life, raising my daughter.” Chris told the players when announcing his departure, his first child was born 6 weeks before the World Cup.

Assistant head coach Bobby Denning is also leaving the squad to return to his main role, coaching the England Deaf cricket Team.

English Umpire Officiates World Cup Final

Although the England blind cricket team were knocked out in the World Cup semi finals there was English representation in the final, BCEW umpire Paul Richardson along with Australian counterpart Michael Clemence officiated the tournament decider.

Richardson only joined the BCEW umpires panel at the start of 2011, but a string of impressive performances saw him appointed to stand in the 2012 Blind Cricket Ashes. He performed well in his first international series & was subsequently appointed as England’s umpiring representative for the world cup.

Nick Cousins, Senior Executive Officer of ECB ACO said:
“ECB ACO is absolutely delighted that Paul Richardson was appointed as one of the on field umpires in the World Cup Final.
We offer Paul our heartiest congratulations and note with pride that the appointment was made following a series of excellent performances from Paul in the pool games and in the semi-final.”

Gavrilovic makes England Debut

2012 B1 Player of the Year Dave Gavrilovic was the only England player to make their international debut during the recent Blind Cricket T20 World Cup.

The Northants Steelbacks Captain, 28, who was an unused member of England’s Ashes squad earlier in 2012, played in four of the sides group stage matches including against England’s eventual fellow semi finalists India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

Gavrilovic follows Keryn Seal & Pete Blueitt as just the third person to start off in blind cricket as a partially sighted player & end up playing for England when a B1.

Sussex youngster Jimmy Millard also made his first England appearance, but as a substitute fielder for four overs versus South Africa in the group stage.

T20 World Cup final

Bangalore, December 13: In a typically gripping India-Pakistan clash, India defeated Pakistan by 30 runs in the T20 World Cup for the Blind at the Central College grounds, Bangalore. Though the winning margin seemed a little comfortable for India, the match actually went all the way to the wire, and the result could have gone either way. Ketan Bhai Patel, a fully blind player, was the hero of the finals who came up a combative match-winning 98. “I was more concerned about India reaching 300 rather than my hundred,” he said.
Put into bat after Pakistan captain Zeeshan Abbasi won the toss, Prakash Jayaramaiah opening for India began with a flurry of strokes scoring 14 off the very first over. Just when India looked set for a big start, vice-captain, Ajay Kumar Reddy misread a ball from Zeeshan Abbasi and was clean bowled. This set off a panic in the Indian ranks and they lost 4 wickets with the wily Mohammad Akram accounting for 2 wickets. At the half-way mark, India were 119 for 4, and it did seem like Pakistan would be successful in containing India to a manageable total.
After the drinks break, Dunna Venkatesh who was at the crease was beaten by a fastish and swinging delivery from Idris Saleem and India had now lost its five top order batsman for 157. The momentum was now back with Pakistan with seven overs left for India to up the rate. But Ketan Bhai Patel took charge and suddenly broke through with a flurry of pleasing boundaries. But in a bid to up the rate in the slog, he tried to loft Mohammad Jammel and ended up giving a tame catch to the bowler. At the 16th over India were 212 for 5 and just when they were looking to get near 280 or so, Pakistan were back in the hunt with some brilliantly controlled bowling in the last three overs. They gave away only 11 runs off the last 2 overs and India finished at 258 for 8. For Pakistan Mohammad Akram, Idris Saleem and Mohammad Jameel tool 2 wickets each.
In the league match, Pakistan had successfully chased down 250 against India and the target seemed within their reach. “We wanted to contain India to around 23-240 but though we gave away a few runs more than we wanted, we are confident of getting to 259,” said Zeeshan Abbasi, at the break. The Indians who preferred to have more runs under their belt, still backed themselves to win. “The only threat to us is Akram,” said Shekar Naik, the Indian skipper adding, “We have a plan to get him out early.”
In reply, Pakistan started cautiously and were 40 for no loss at the end of the 4th over. A chance came India’s way in the 5th over but Shekar Naik dropped an easy catch after catching it, with the ball popping out of his hands. Pakistan were then cruising along at 75 for no loss, with the dangerous looking Akram chancing his arm and holed out to D Venkatesh off the bowling of Ketan Patel. Despite having dropped 2 catches earlier, this was a breakthrough India were waiting for. Pakistan lost another wicket in the 8th over with the score reading at 85 for 2. At the half-way stage after 10 overs, Pakistan were placed at 108 for 2 in contrast to India who were 119 for 4. Though Pakistan had more wickets in their hand, the Indians had pegged them back with the asking rate not climbing rapidly. Amir Ishfaq and Mohammad Jameel stitched up a half century partnership between them, but India got another important breakthrough with the wicket of Mohammad Jameel. A panicky Pakistan started regularly losing wickets after this and failed to accelerate the scoring. Pankaj Bhue reprised out 3 wickets for 37 runs with some clever change of pace. Left to score 45 off the last 2 overs, the match was now for India to lose. And eventually win they did by 30 runs, to rousing cheers by a large crowd (as big as for a test match) and bursting crackers.
Delirious Indian supporters lifted the Indian captain Shekar Naik and the organizer, GK Mahantesh on their shoulders. Prakash Jayaramaiah standing behind the stumps, even did a jig in the last but one over, sensing that India had put itself in an unbeatable position. Indian coach Patrick Rajkumar said the difference between the team was the outstanding field by India and the commitment shown by his players.
A tearful Pakistan skipper acknowledged that India deserved to win the world cup. “Our fully blind players gave away too many extras while their Indian counterparts were more disciplined and they also fielded better than us,” he said.
GK Mahantesh, Vice-President, World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC), General Secretary, (CAIB), and Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, said he was proud of his team who had brought laurels to the country winning the most coveted world cup. Legendary cricketer Syed Kirmani lauded the players’ spirit and said the finals had all the fanfare, the twists and turns, the excitement and tension of an India-Pakistan match, for which the credit should go to the players and the organizers.
Chief guests at the presentation ceremony included Sri Oscar Fernandes, MP, AICC General Secretary and Chief Patron, CAIB, Sri Lankan great Arjuna Ranatunga, and Sandalwood star Ragini Dwivedi.
Brief Scores: India: 258 for 8 in 20 overs (Prakash Jayaramaiah (B2) 43 (24), Ajay Kumar Reddy (B3) 25 (10), Ketan Bhai Patel (B1) 98 (43), Dunna Venkatesh (B2) 21 (14) Mohammad Akram (B3) 4-0-39-2, Idris Saleem (B1) 4-044-2, Mohammad Jameel (B3) 2-0-24-2) beat Pakistan: 229 for 8 in 20 overs (Mohammad Akram (B3) 32 (23), Ali Murtaza (B2) 38 (24), Amir Ishfaq (B1) 28 (26), Pankaj Bhue (B2) 4-0-37-3). India won by 30 runs. Man of the Match: Ketan Bhai Patel (B1). Man of the Series: For fully blind category (B1) – Ketan Bhai Patel; For partially blind category (B2) – Prakash Jayaramaiah; For partially sighted category (B3) – Ajay Kumar Reddy.
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Exciting news ball by ball coverage!

Dear All,

I’ve just learnt that tomorrows Blind Cricket World T20 Semi between England and Pakistan will be given live ball by ball coverage on the internet. If you google DD Sports you should find the website, follow the instructions and you’ll be able see it.

Coverage starts at 3.45am UK time.



Ian Martin : Head of Disability Cricket

T20 World Cup Day 9

India enter Semi-finals with big win against SA
Bangalore, Dec 10: Brilliant all-round performance by Indians sent South Africa crashing to a very big defeat by 288 runs in the last match prior to the last four stage of the T20 World Cup for the Blind played at Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, India’s top order batsmen, Ganesh Bushara (80 not out in 31 balls), Dunna Venkatesh 79 (31) and Hitesh Bhai Patel (72 off 26 balls) sent the ball repeatedly scurrying to the ropes with the former two notching up a splendid partnership of 172 off 60 deliveries, that is at almost three runs per ball. Chasing a mammoth target of 356, all the South African batsmen barring Lawrence Ruthven failed to reach double digits, falling to some wily bowling by Indian captain Shekar Naik (3 for 13) and vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (2 for 14).
India has now entered semi-finals and play Sri Lanka in the second play-off at Central College grounds, on Wednesday, December 12. While Sri Lanka has 6 wins of 8 matches, India has won all its 8 matches excepting the one against Pakistan. With the kind of all-round form the players have displayed, the Lankans will surely be up against it in the semis. Expect a cracker of a match though, before the all-important finals, expected to be the mother of all contests between traditional enemies, India and Pakistan.
Brief Scores: India: 355 for 4 in 20 overs (Ganesh Bushara (B2) 80 not out (31), Dunna Venkatesh (B2) 79 (31), Hitesh Bhai Patel (B2) 72 (26) beat South Africa: 67 all out in 11.1 overs (Shekar Naik (B3) 3-1-13-3, Ajay Kumar Reddy (B2) 4-0-14-2). India won by 288 runs. Man of the Match: Hitesh Bhai Patel.
Pakistan defeats Nepal: Pakistan roared into semi-finals in style making mincemeat of Nepal in their outing at Aditya Global Sports Ground, and winning by a margin of 10 wickets. Putting Nepal to bat after winning the toss, Pakistanis bundled out Nepal for 89 in 20 overs, effecting 7 run outs in the innings. The chase proved to be walk in the park for the Pakistani openers who took only 4.1 overs wrap up the match. For Pakistan, Masood Jan hit a hurricane 53 off only 16 balls with 12 hits to the fence while Gulab Khan at the other end hit a breezy 28 off 9 balls.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 90 for no loss in 4.1 overs (Masood Jan (B2) 53 not out (16), Gulab Khan (B1) 28 (9) beat Nepal: 89 all out in 20 overs. Pakistan won by 10 wickets. Man of the Match: Masood Jan.
Pakistan will now play England in the first play-off in the semi-finals to be played at Central College grounds, on Wednesday, and are tipped to meet India in the finals.
England beat Windies to enter last 4: Andy Powers hit a rollicking 122 off 55 balls to power England to an easy win against West Indies 7 wickets at Central College grounds. Invited to bat first, West Indies batsmen Rodney Ramrattan (77 in 36 balls) and Jennson Poyah 75 (54) put on a combative 132 runs partnership in 58 balls, but eventually Windies’ total of 213 proved no match for England who reached the target with 3 overs and 2 balls to spare. England have now entered the semi-finals and will have to play out of their skins to outwit the rampaging Pakistanis.
Brief Scores: England: 217 for 3 in 16.4 overs (Andy Powers (B3) 122 (55), Matt Page (B2) 25 (15)) beat West Indies: 213 for 6 in 20 overs (Rodney Ramrattan (B3) 77 (36), Jennson Poyah (B3) 75 (54), Luke Sugg (4-0-27-2). England won by 7 wickets. Man of the Match: Andy Powers.
Sri Lanka wins over Bangladesh: Sri Lanka defeats Bangladesh with some outstanding batting by LR Madhusanka W. Lekamge (138 not out off 68 balls) and P. Saman Kumara (92 off 21 balls) to post their highest total of 360 for 3 in this T20 World Cup, at the match played at Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore. Lekamge along with A K Kumara (70 in 32 balls) took the Bangladeshi bowling to the cleaners with their clean hitting. In reply, Bangladesh virtually accepted defeat, concluding the game at 112 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka: 360 for 3 (LR Madhusanka W Lekamge (B2) 138 not out (68), P Saman Kumara (B1) 92 (21), AK Kumara (B3) 70 (32) beat Bangladesh: 112 for 7 in 20 overs (Md Badal Kumar Das (B3) 37 (25), Md Manir Rana (B1) 28 (28). Sri Lanka won by 249 runs. Man of the match: LR Madhusanka W. Lemamge.
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