Blind Cricket Has Regular Season and Long History
About Queensland Blind Cricket
The Queensland Blind Cricket Association has a proud history stretching back more than half a century.
Blind Cricket began in Australia in Melbourne in 1922 and organised Blind Cricket in Queensland began around 1946.
The Blind Wattle Cricket Club was the first blind club formed in Queensland in 1951, and the State competed at the National Blind Cricket Championships soon after.
As part of its mantra to develop the game, the Blind Wattle club began annual visits to Toowoomba, Roma and other country areas to play matches in the late 1950s.
Queensland won their first Australian Blind Cricket Carnival Championship in 1988-89 after having finished runners-up five times in the preceding 36 years since first participating.
The state also hosted visits from overseas clubs.
Australia joined six other countries at the inaugural World Cup of Blind Cricket in Delhi in November of 1998.
Seven Queenslanders made the national squad, which ultimately lost a close semi-final to Pakistan.
The QBCA season runs from September to March, with two club matches and a further social game featuring most months.
How the Game is Played
Blind Cricket is played by people who are totally blind or partially sighted (legally blind).
The number of players in domestic competition teams varies from state to state. For national and international games, the team usually comprises 11 players – four totally blind players and seven partially sighted. Matches are usually of 50 overs per side duration.
Batsmen use conventional cricket bats and wickets are of conventional dimensions. The boundaries are 30-40 metres.
The Blind Cricket ball is made of nylon tubing woven around a wire mould and contains lead pieces to give it weight and bottle tops for sound. It is slightly larger than the ball used in the sighted version of the game.
Accessories such as cricket pads and gloves are optional and the same as those used by sighted counterparts.
All bowling must be performed under arm. Methods of dismissal parallel the sighted game with the exception of catching, though this may change in future.
Unlike the conventional game however, there are currently no sundries other than deliveries classified as "no balls" or "wides". For a delivery to be judged legal, the ball must touch both halves of the pitch before reaching the batting crease.
The only restriction on bowling is that you cannot bowl more than 10 overs in a 50 over game. Totally blind bowlers must bowl at least 20% of the overs. Anybody can bowl to anybody but a bowler in a higher category has to make the ball bounce at least twice to a player in a lower category.
All players use a runner when batting, which is usually a partially sighted team-mate of the blind player.
More detailed information about Blind Cricket can be obtained from the QBCA website by clicking here.
Those wanting to find out more about the organization can contact:
Matthew McCarthy, president, on 0411 582 433 or Clifton Plummer, secretary, on 0433 139 839.
The association’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org