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Tantobie Cricket Club to host blind opponents
A VILLAGE cricket team will don whites and blindfolds for a special match against blind opponents.
Tantobie CC, near Stanley, will stage a 20/20 match against Durham Visually Impaired Cricket Club on Sunday September 15 The game will be the specially adapted “blind’’ version of the game that is played with a small football filled with ballbearings.
Durham Visually Impaired Cricket Club was formed three years ago and includes blind and partially-sighted players.
It will be the third year Tantobie has staged an event for the club, the previous two featuring a tournament and fund-raising events.
Durham Visually Impaired Cricket Club cricketer Carl ‘Macar’ McGee, who has been totally blind from birth, is also a supporter of the Tantobie team.
He and his teammates recently gave a demonstration of their sport during the lunch break on one day of the Ashes Test match at Chester-le-Street.
Mr McGee said: “It was a tremendous experience to go out there in front of all those fans and the crowd really embraced it.
“It has certainly helped raise our profile and we have had one or two people contact us with a view to becoming players.”
Durham finished bottom of the National Development League but Mr McGee said: “It has been a difficult season but we are getting new interest. “We want as many people to turn up as possible to see out game at Tantobie. The other years it has been really successful.
“We wanted to have a serious game this year.”
The match, at Tantobie’s ground next to the community centre in South View, starts at 2pm and admission is free.
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