Academy in bid to retain national title

THE Percy Hedley Sports Academy are set to defend their title at the finals of the Macquarie National Table Cricket competition at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

They will be up against teams of disabled youngsters from across the country at the event on Friday, June 17.

Having won their regional heat at Durham CCC, Percy Hedley Sports Academy will do battle with Beckfoot School (Bingley), Brookfield House School (Woodford Green), Lonsdale School (Stevenage), Marjorie McClure School (Chislehurst), Oakfield School (Wigan), Portland College (Mansfield), South Gloucestershire ‘A’, South London Special League, Thomas Wolsey School (Ipswich), Victoria Sports College (Poole) and Wolverhampton Outreach Sports Club at Lord’s.

Table Cricket, which is played on a table tennis surface with specially designed bats and balls, enables young people with disabilities and special needs the chance to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

Former EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing star Ricky Groves will join Macquarie staff volunteers to help officiate, while former England cricket captain, Mike Gatting, will be on hand to offer batting tips to the young players.