Cricket NSW has announced three teams which will compete at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC), which will be held in Geelong from the 13th of January 2020 to the 17th January 2020.
The NCIC championships is entering its 4th season and is growing in size each and every year.
NSW Blind and Low Vision team
Squad: Lawrence Anag, Sean Brown, Brad Carriage, Brian Edwards, Mark Eschbank, Ben Felten, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Michael Hamilton, Lindsay Heaven (Captain), Scott Jones, Michael Leigh, Nathan Letts ,Vaughan Roles, Ethan Staturchio, Oscar Stubbs.
Coach: Jason Stubbs
Manager: Leanne Fitzpatrick
Team Support: Samuel Platts
The NSW Blind and Low Vision team are returning to Geelong looking to claim their third consecutive title after being the first inclusion team to go back to back at the National Championships last year.
The NSW squad boasts incredible talent, with seven NSW players selected in the Australian Blind and Low Vision team earlier this year.
A mix of young and old has seen some junior talent pushing on from the championship team from last year. 18-year-old Brad Carriage from Tamworth has been given his first chance to play in the NCIC following a strong start to the Blind Cricket NSW Domestic season.
NSW Deaf and Hard of Hearing team
Squad: Lewis Beard, Harry Bell, Jesse Cattach, Matt Everett, Nicholas Fonti, Greg Lessing, Corey Mark, Shaun Matthysen, Andrew Park (Captain), Austin Philip, David Van Namen, Kurt Williams
Coach: Christopher Ashenden
The NSW Deaf and Hard of Hearing team have had some considerable turnover this year and will welcome a number of newcomers to the team. Lewis Beard, Matt Everett, Harry Bell and Corey Mark will be making their National Inclusion Championships debuts.
New coach Christopher Ashenden (a former Australian Deaf Cricketer) is excited about the youth and talent in the team.
17-year-old Corey Mark from Bathurst will be one to watch, and will be guided by Australian and NSW captain Andrew Park who is a stalwart of the team and a valuable asset in the growth of the young team.
Our Deaf squad will be looking to do one better than last year and win their way through to the final for an opportunity at winning a maiden title.
NSW Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability
Squad: Dean Aitken (Captain), Mitchell Bateup, Andy Bowen, Charith De Silva, Gareth Donohue, Michael Gillies, Mark Harvey, Justin Hill, Nathaniel Quan, Omkar Dhupar Singh, Chris Smith, Matt Vilardi, Nat Young
Coach: Jake Grove
Assistant Coach: Kayne Grove
Team Manager: Luke Maloney
Similar to our Deaf and Hard of Hearing team, our team for cricketers with an Intellectual Disability has seen some turnover with young talent in Matt Vilardi, Nat Young and Justin Hill set to light the National Championships on fire.
Nat Young from Tamworth is one of the most promising young cricketers to join the team since the NCIC begun.
Captain Dean Aitken and CNSW ID ambassador, Michael Gillies, will look to drive the team with a renewed culture. With only one win against Tasmania last year, the team has their goals firmly placed on a first appearance in the NCIC finals for the 2020 carnival.