Bexley team takes part in Lord's Taverners Finals
PUBLISHED: 15:21 07 November 2018
Bexley was one of eight boroughs to compete in the Lord's Taverners Super 1s Finals at Lord's in October, where they made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition.
Two of their players even landed the event’s Inspire Award and the Player of the Year award.
The programme gives young people aged 12-25 with disabilities the chance to play cricket regularly, as well as the opportunity to take part in a year round competition structure, which culminated in the finals at Lord’s.
Bexley escaped from Group 1 on Thursday, October 25 before being eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Hillingdon, losing by 21 runs.
“The most important thing has been about the team having a wonderful experience here at Lord’s today and that they’ve thoroughly enjoyed their cricket,” said Bexley coach Adrian Crust.
“Regardless of the results, I’m very happy with how today has gone.
“They’ve been buzzing about coming to Lord’s for months and months, in fact since we’ve been here last.
“They keep talking about Lord’s, they keep saying what a special day it is, how much it means to them.
“We’ve talked as a group about all the famous cricketers that have played on this ground, and when they say I’ve played at Lord’s, people on the other side of the world will be very jealous.”
Bexley’s Sam Alderson was named the Inspire Award winner at the competition’s conclusion at Lord’s.
Alderson first got involved in the Super 1s programme in May 2016.
In his own words, he believed that his disability would stop him from playing cricket, but he has since gone on to captain a team at Lord’s, bowl at Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow at the Oval, speak about his experiences in front of more than 500 people and most recently he has become a fully qualified cricket coach, enabling him to motivate and inspire the next generation.
He said: “It’s been a really good day. Playing at Lord’s has really motivated everyone here to play well at the home of cricket.
“Who wouldn’t want to play here? We’ve been gearing up for this day for a long time.
“Super 1s, all the effort that goes into it, it really gives the players a good opportunity to get out and meet other people.
“It gives people the chance to come out of their shell and brings out confidence.”
Alderson’s team-mate Alex Lawson was named Super 1s Player of the Year following his excellent performances with both bat and ball.