Spalding cricket day is the first of its kind in the country

Trust chairman Alan Porter (left) pictured last year when he umpired MP John Hayes' charity cricket match. SG300815-903TW
Trust chairman Alan Porter (left) pictured last year when he umpired MP John Hayes' charity cricket match. SG300815-903TW
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A cricket day in Spalding will be the first of its kind in the country and may one day pave the way to a national competition with finals played at Lord’s or The Oval.

The competition is the brainchild of The Cricket Society Trust, chaired by Spalding man Alan Porter.

There are two semi-finals and even the losing semi-finalists will get a bronze medal. Everyone who plays will get a medal.

Cricket Society Trust chairman Alan Porter

Alan is first off the mark in his home town with a Special Schools Cricket Day at Spalding Grammar School on Thursday, May 26.

Spalding’s Priory School is fielding two teams and Spalding’s Garth School and Boston’s John Fielding School will each have a team.

Alan says the trust hopes one day to have four regional competitions in England, covering the north, the midlands, the south east and south west so special schools up and down the country can take part in the hope of making it to a final at Lord’s or The Oval.

He said: “I contacted the schools. We had a meeting and they are all for it, actually, they are so enthusiastic about it.”

Youngsters decided what their teams would be called, with the Priory’s teams going under the names of Sloggers and Sixes, Garth settling on Roaring Lions and the Boston school opting for Fantastic Fielders.

Alan said: “There are two semi-finals and even the losing semi-finalists will get a bronze medal. Everyone who plays will get a medal.”

Cricket-loving Manzur Hasan, boss of Spalding’s Indus restaurant, is providing all of the drinks on the day.

Alan said: “I call Manzur a good friend of the cricket trust.”

The competition is loosely based on a game of cricket and boys and girls will play in the ten-over matches.

“We are bringing the boundary in to 25 yards,” Alan said.

• The cricket day runs from 9.30am-3pm and spectators are welcome.