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Cricketer Luke Sugg opens sports facility at old school

A school in Redditch set up the practice cricket nets when cricket star Luke Sugg attended the opening of a brand new sports facility at Saint Bede’s Catholic Middle School in November.

The former student of the school was named England Disability Cricketer of the Year in 2015, and was called in to cut the ceremonial ribbon on a plaque at the school.

Speaking to current students he said he hoped that the “right facilities” would help them find a talent “they didn’t know they had”.
“I always loved football, but when me and a friend went to an after-school session that turned out to be cricket, I realised I had quite a knack for it.

“Without opportunities at school, so many people could miss out, and I think the students are really lucky to have facilities like this to enjoy.
“It’s always worth trying out new sports – with a bit of determination, and a lot of hard work, you never know where it could lead.”

Funding for the new sports hall at the school was provided when the local county council decided the area was most in need. Money also went towards draining the school playing field, the Redditch Standard reported in November.

The 26 year old Luke Sugg became the first ever blind cricketer in the UK to take eight wickets in an innings of a blind cricket match.

The England para sports team player was playing for Warwickshire Bears at Off Church Cricket Club in Leamington Spa when he made the win.

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21% 'Exercise Less' In Winter

With the clocks due to go back on October 30th, we're sure there are many of you out there looking forward to hibernating for the
winter, refusing to go out until the spring returns. As nice an idea as this sounds, it's important - perhaps even more so than during the
summer - to get out and about and get some exercise at this time of year, even if you don't feel like it.

New research from Life Insurance has found, however, that 21 per cent of people actually exercise less during the winter, with 40 per cent also saying they go out less, one-third saying they walk less in the winter and 20 per cent saying they comfort eat during the winter months as well.

If you play for a sports team and don't keep yourself in good condition during the off season you'll certainly find it hard to get back into shape when it comes time to compete again - so don't be slack this winter, make sure you spend some time in the home cricket nets so you can keep on top of your game.

The number one way to spend a winter evening was found to be sitting on the sofa with a drink and a snack, watching catch-up TV or watching a box set... and while this is no doubt a brilliant way to while away an evening when it's cold out, just make sure you maintain a bit of equilibrium and get out there to stay active as well.

It'll make sitting on the sofa even more worthwhile and you'll certainly appreciate it all the more than if you did it each night until spring.

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Have You Heard Of Chance To Shine Street?

If you work with young people in inner city areas and want to make a difference in areas that are affected by youth crime and
anti-social behaviour, then you might want to look into Chance to Shine Street and invest in some portable cricket nets to see
how sport can really help enact change.

Chance to Shine Street works to bring the sport of cricket to thousands of young people living in cities in a bid to promote social cohesion
and to help create opportunities for people, no matter where they live.

At each session, people come together to play a version of tape-ball cricket, which uses a tennis ball that's been wrapped in electrical tape.
Each innings lasts for 20 balls, with games taking just 20 minutes to play. What's good about it is that it uses a minimal amount of cricket equipment,
which makes it absolutely perfect for inner city streets.

The programme was first launched back in 2008 to help bring cricket to kids in parts of London, later expanded to six more cities - Dewsbury, Bristol, Birmingham,
Liverpool, Hull and Manchester. Since its inception, it has reached more than 38,000 youngsters - and interestingly, 85 per cent of those taking part since 2008
were not members of cricket clubs already.

You can get involved by helping out at events, collecting donations at cricket grounds or volunteer at the different events that the programme puts on throughout the year.
Bucket collections are also a feature at England internationals over the summer months so perhaps try and give up some of your time to do some collecting to raise awareness
of the scheme.

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Owl Stops Play!

Here in the UK, we’re used to having to flee the modular cricket nets because of a sudden downpour… but what we’re certainly not that used to is having to abandon our cricket games because of wild animals invading the pitch.

According to the Daily Mirror, however, a barn owl decided to try his wing at batting during a game at Castle Eden Cricket Club and flew down to settle on the batsman’s stumps during the match-up.

So far, so strange – but the owl actually belonged to 25-year-old Steven Franklin who had been frantically searching for his pet… and only spotted him when he saw some pictures surface on Facebook, telling the interesting story.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the pictures of him at the cricket match. I thought it was hilarious, especially how he landed on the stumps. I had no idea he even liked cricket. Maybe he could be the team’s new mascot?” animal-lover Mr Franklin, who also owns a cat, goshawk, dog, female barn owl and Harris hawk, said.

This is certainly not the first time that animals have stopped play – and we’re sure it won’t be the last. Back in July, for example, cricketers playing for New Zealand and Zimbabwe had to drop to their knees and run for cover after a swarm of bees decided to launch a surprise attack during a game in Harare, Zimbabwe.

What’s the most interesting reason you’ve had to stop your cricket game for? We’d love to hear your stories so start sharing away in the comments below!

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