Visually Impaired Cricket

Blind cricket has been played in England and Wales since the 1940's and has continued to grow each year. The sport offers a camardaderie and a chance to compete on equal terms for the blind and partially sighted people.

The ECB oversees blind cricket in the UK however Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) is the organisation that are responsible for the day to day running of the sport.

All players are registered blind or partially sighted. Of the eleven players in the tean, at least four must be totally blind.

Hampshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club

Hampshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club (HVICC) was formed in November 2008 and started playing competitive matches in May 2019.

The club has played in the National Blind Cricket League for five years, and finished 3rd in 2022.

From expert to novice, HVICC has a training programme suitable for all levels and experience and are always looking for new members, male or female, of any age.

Winter Training Programme:

All 2024 winter training sessions will take place at Wildern Leisure Centre, SO30 4EJ between 2pm - 4pm on the following dates:

  • 13th January
  • 27th January
  • 17th February
  • 2nd March
  • 23rd March
  • 13th April
  • 27th April

Net sessions will also take place at Admiral Lord Nelson School, PO3 5XT between 11am - 12.30pm on the following dates:

  • 20th January
  • 3rd February
  • 24th February
  • 9th March

Hampshire Champions x England Women VI XI

Each year, the Hampshire Champions Select XI take part in the Lambrook Cup against the England Women VI XI.

This year is the eighth year the fixture has taken place, following a long-established tradition, where Hampshire girls are given an insight into VI cricket with a short training session wearing distortion glasses.

We continue to offer additional opportunities for the Hampshire Champions to support the England Women VI XI and look forward to playing them next year.

'Playing against the England Women’s VI team was an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was inspirational to watch how the opposition played and how close they were as a team to help guide each other on the pitch. Even though the game is different the spirit of cricket is still there which was great to see, it shows that cricket is a sport that anyone can get involved with.'

Scarlett Hale, Elite Hampshire Champion