Cricketers show their abilities
The sound of a cricket ball hitting a stump is music to Molly Bradshaw’s ears.
Molly (14), who has Cohen syndrome, snared the wicket of batsman Mason Used (18), who has Down syndrome, during a practice session with ClaremontNedlands Cricket Club last Friday.
“I like cricket when I get to bowl, because I can get people out,” Molly said.
Molly and Mason train every week at Cresswell Park as part of the club’s all-abilities cricket program.
Coach Ralph Goodman trains about a dozen players with disabilities, who range in age from 14 to 27.
Students from Scotch College regularly help Mr Goodman run the training sessions.
This is the second year Claremont-Nedlands has run the program, which they picked up after the state-wide Cricket Champs all-abilities program folded.
“I said to [club president] Rod David: ‘We can’t let this die’,” Mr Goodman said.
He said players trained together in a competitive way to simulate the atmosphere of a game.
“We’ve told them if they break a window it’s six,” he said.
“It’s all about having fun.” Molly, the only girl in the program, said her cricket idol was Australian bowler Peter Siddle, who she met in 2013.
Mason’s dad, Lorry Used, said his son couldn’t get enough of his sport.
“He plays football for Wembley ... it’s a good social exercise,” Mr Used said.
Molly Bradshaw (14) is handy with the bat, but says her favourite partof cricket is “getting people out”.