October 25th, 2016

Blind cricket star Luke Sugg wins top ECB award

LUKE Sugg has been named the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) England Disability Cricketer of the Year.

The Warwickshire all-rounder was the standout winner of the award after scoring 634, including four centuries at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa before Christmas.

His efforts helped England to reach the semi-final stage of the competition and he finished the tournament with an average of 126.8.

Three other players were recognised at the awards with Joe Root picking up the Men’s Cricketer of Year, while Women’s Cricketer of the Year went to Charlotte Edwards and Saqib Mahmood took home the Development Cricketer of the Year accolade.

The awards recognise the outstanding performances of the players in all formats of international cricket, since May 2014.

All four players were honoured at a special dinner held at Lord’s, which was hosted by ECB, and England cricket team sponsor, Waitrose.

“These awards once again highlight the sheer breadth of individual talent across our different England teams and there was fierce competition for the trophies in all four categories,” said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

“Our thanks go to the England teams’ sponsor Waitrose for their continued support, to the cricket media for their assistance with the judging process, and to MCC for once again staging the event this evening in the iconic Long Room at Lord’s.”

Cricket fans have a chance to cheer on Sugg and fellow Warwickshire VI cricketer Justin Hollingsworth at Leamington Cricket Club this coming Sunday (May 24) when England VI face India VI in a One Day International.

The match gets underway at 10.30am and entry is completely free.

Additionally, the Warwickshire Cricket Board is also running cricket demonstrations and giving spectators a chance to try VI cricket.

For further information contact Bev Hollingsworth on 07779 035170 or email bev.hollingsworth@btinternet.com.