Harpenden Cricket Club hosts Herts Action on Disability match

HAD cricket match illustrations

HAD cricket match illustrations - Credit: Archant

With the Paralympics fast approaching, a recent wheelchair/learning disabilities cricket match proved a big hit.

HAD cricket match illustrations

HAD cricket match illustrations - Credit: Archant

The game was organised at Harpenden Cricket Club by charity HAD - Herts Action on Disability - and was followed by a game between an HAD XI and Harpenden.

Top disabled and learning disability cricketers from across the county, including Chris Foster and Andy Catherell, took part.

Hip amputee Chris, 26, has no prosthetic limb and hops in to bowl at around 70 mph. He took two wickets and also scored 30 not out with the bat.

Event organiser and HAD fundraiser Paul Bishop had a close-up view of Chris in action and said: “ I was batting against him and the sheer effort Chris puts into the game is amazing and that goes for his batting and fielding too. He also clean bowled me!”

HAD cricket match illustrations

HAD cricket match illustrations - Credit: Archant


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Andy, 39, has a degenerative condition that has caused the vertebrae in his spine to crumble. He also has a genetic problem with his left knee and the two conditions have combined to put him in a wheelchair for the past five years.

He was full of praise after the event, describing both games as ‘truly inspirational’.

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