The main difference between standard Cricket and Blind Cricket is the ball. A size three football is used in UK Blind Cricket to help the partially sighted players to see it and it is filled with a quantity of ball bearings to allow the totally blind players to hear it. The MCC Laws of Cricket have also been adapted in other ways in an attempt to allow blind and partially sighted people to compete on equal terms. The major variations are as follows:
- The wicket is larger, making it easier for the partially sighted players to see and easier for a Batsman or Bowler to touch for the purpose of orientation.
- The ball must pitch at least twice before the crease of a totally blind Batsman but must not be rolling.
- The ball must pitch at least once before the crease of a partially sighted Batsman.
- A totally blind Batsman is given one chance before being given out LBW and cannot be stumped.
- The Bowler must ask the Batsman if he is ready before beginning his run up and shout "play" as he releases the ball.
- A totally blind Fielder can make a catch after the ball has bounced once.
The BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial cup has been held at a number of historic venues or county cricket grounds, these include The Lords Nursery Ground (about 15 times), Edgbaston, The Ageas Bowl, BroadHalfPenny Down, The Brightside County Ground (twice), The Northamptonshire County Ground (twice), The County Ground Beckenham & Pentland Gardens (Hereford).
Places and Spaces
A £7 million pot with up to £10,000 available in match funding for Crowdfunder projects, as part of a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups improve places and spaces across the country.