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DISABILITY CRICKET: Sussex's Bridges included in England squad


Sussex's Fred Bridges has been included in a 15 -man Physical Disability squad announced by the ECB this week, for their upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Bridges, who is a Level 2 Coach, runs the weekly Horsham Disability Hub that Sussex run in partnership with Horsham District Council. He also works as a Chance 2 Shine Schools Coach and assists with the coaching of Sussex's Junior & Adult LD/PD County Squads.

He has played for the England Disability team since its inception in 2010, and the spinner also plays for Broadbridge Heath Cricket Club in the West Sussex Invitation League.

The England Physical Disability team will travel to Bangladesh in August to compete in the International Committee of the Red Cross International T20 Tournament for people with Physical Disabilities.

Alex Hammond who was named man of the series in his debut tournament in 2014 will be joined on tour by younger brother 19 year old Hugo. The brothers from Hampshire will be the first to represent England’s Physical Disability team together.

The England squad captained by Iain Nairn includes six uncapped T20 players, Hampshire trio Josh Mead, Hugo Hammond and Dan Reynaldo, along with Drew White (Northumberland), Jamie Goodwin (Derbyshire) and Matt Askin (Shropshire).

The series, which will be staged in Dhaka, Bangladesh runs from 2nd to 10th September, features four T20s against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said: “We have a young, talented squad supported by a multi-disciplinary management team and we are looking forward to testing ourselves against the best physically disabled players from the sub-continent. This squad is yet another great example of cricket being a game for everyone.”

England Physical Disability Squad:

Iain Nairn (c) - Northumberland
Callum Flynn (vice-captain) – Lancashire
Matt Askin – Shropshire
Matt Blamire - Somerset
Fred Bridges – Sussex
Jamie Goodwin - Derbyshire
Dan Hamm – Cheshire
Alex Hammond – Hampshire
Hugo Hammond (wk) – Hampshire
Gordon Laidlaw - Yorkshire
Josh Mead – Hampshire
Dan Reynaldo - Hampshire
Drew White – Northumberland
Jordan Williams - Lancashire
Sam Wyles - Warwickshire

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