Sefton Park bowler Jimmy Dixon has been included in the England Men's Deaf squad for the Deaf T20 World Cup to be held in Qatar in December.
George Greenway will lead the England Men’s Deaf team as they seek to win the Deaf T20 World Cup. The Devon man will skipper a group of 15 that includes three uncapped players, Yorkshire duo James O’Connor and Cameron Sweeney, and Jamie Clarke from Middlesex. England last took part in the tournament in 2016, ending runners-up after losing to Pakistan in the final in Dubai.
England Men’s Deaf World Cup squad George Greenway (Devon & Hawks, captain) Farooq Mohammed (Middlesex & Pirates) Jake Oakes (Middlesex & Pirates) Josh Price (Surrey & Black Cats) Umesh Valjee (Middlesex & Tridents) James Dixon (Lancashire & Black Cats) Stephen George (Devon & Pirates, wicketkeeper) Matthew Bailey (Shropshire & Hawks) James Schofield (Wales) Henry Wainman (Yorkshire & Hawks) Joel Harris (Lancashire & Tridents) Nathan Caddell (Middlesex & Hawks) Jamie Clarke (Middlesex & Tridents) James O’Connor (Yorkshire & Black Cats) Cameron Sweeney (Yorkshire & Tridents) Greenway said: “I am really looking forward to the World Cup. After having such a successful summer with the Disability Premier League and a great Ashes tour last year, we are looking forward to testing ourselves against the best players from around the world. It will be a great experience for all.”
Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said: “I am very much looking forward to watching our Deaf team making a really strong challenge for the T20 Deaf World Cup in Qatar in December. The number of debutants evidences the growth in our side of the sport and an increasing talent pool that we have available to choose from all underpinned by a blossoming Disability Premier League tournament.”
Eight countries will be divided into two groups and games will begin on December 3 while the final is set to take place on December 12.
Everyone at Sefton Park would like to congratulate Jimmy and wish him all the best in an England shirt!
George Greenway and James Dixon of England celebrate during an England Deaf Cricket Training Camp