Surrey and England Learning Disabilities cricketer Jonny Gale was the guest of honour at the Gloucestershire disability presentation evening at Stroud CC.
He gave members of the county’s three disability teams an inspirational talk on his journey to international cricket and took part in a question and answer session.
Jonny also before presented the county caps and season medals to the players and drew the raffle.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) clubs and programmes manager Eric Woodmason was also on hand to explain the GCB’s role in disability cricket and led a demonstration of batting skills with some of the squad.
Gloucestershire currently has three county disability teams – two playing softball cricket and one playing hardball.
After a successful season, the squads are already in winter training. The sessions have been boosted by the addition of a new bowling machine partly funded with a generous donation from Frampton on Severn Cricket Club following the annual match on the “Green”.
Tim Polley, manager of the Meteors softball team said: “It has been a very successful year for the squad, winning their first competitive game against Hertfordshire with a close finish. The squad are showing great potential for the coming season with commitment and enthusiasm at the indoor training sessions.”
Eric Woodmason added: “It was a fantastic evening and a lovely way to celebrate the achievements of disability teams and everyone that is involved. Jonny Gale’s talk was absolutely fantastic and I hope he has inspired some of our young players to follow in his footsteps.”
Gloucestershire’s county disability programme is sponsored by local logistics firm CM Downton Ltd.
For more information on disability cricket opportunities in Gloucestershire please email GCB projects and programmes manager Chris Munden at firstname.lastname@example.org