The Lord’s Taverners Blind Cricket. National championships are now conducted annually and are held in an agreed centre around Australia.
Blind Cricket is played in essentially the same way as the conventional game of Cricket with the major exceptions being:
- Audible ball – the ball rattles/rings when moving (note: ball is of similar size and weight to a conventional cricket ball)
- A side is made up of four totally blind players (B1’s), three poor partially blind players (B2’s) and four partially sighted players (B3’s). Each sight category has a 12th man (14 players in total, eleven players and three 12th men)
- All bowling is underarm and the ball must bounce at least twice before reaching the batter. Before delivering the ball B1 players receive a direction call from the wicketkeeper to find the correct line to bowl. B1 players must bowl a minimum of 40 per cent of the overs in an innings
- Totally blind players have a runner when batting and are credited with two runs for every run scored off the bat