Crick­eters show their abil­i­ties

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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.

Photo: Bil­lie Fair­clough

Molly Brad­shaw (14) is handy with the bat, but says her favourite partof cricket is “get­ting peo­ple out”.

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