Cricket is hugely popular at the College, and provides a brilliant opportunity for students who are visually impaired to play alongside (and against!) their visually impaired peers. RNC’s Cricket Team currently has practices on a Thursday evening and plays in the UK Blind Cricket Development League but has strong aspirations for the future and is firmly committed to the development of the sport.
Blind cricket has adapted the standard rules used in sighted cricket that are outlined by the MCC Laws of Cricket
- Teams consist of 11 players, four must be totally blind and the remaining players visually impaired
- The ball is a size three football and contains ball bearings to allow the totally blind players to hear it
- The wicket is larger, making it easier for the partially sighted players to see and easier for a batsman or bowler to touch for the purpose of orientation
- The ball must pitch at least twice before the crease of a totally blind batsman but must not be rolling.
- The ball must pitch at least once before the crease of a partially sighted batsman.
- A totally blind batsman is given one chance before being given out leg before wicket (LBW) and cannot be stumped
- The bowler must ask the batsman if he is ready before beginning his run up and shout “play” as he releases the ball.
- A totally blind fielder can make a catch after the ball has bounced once