South Australian Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability selected for Australian Squad
As a result of knockout performances in the Championships, the South Australian team for Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability has had four players selected in the Australian training squad, namely Chris McQueen, Luke Goodman, Scott May and Matthew Greenwood.
Chris McQueen made his mark as SA’s standout performer at the Championships producing 237 runs across seven matches at an average of 47.40. He finished runner up as player of the tournament despite only limping through the last few matches after an ankle injury on the first day of play.
Scott May rescued SA’s first match against Queensland with a stellar unbeaten 40 to bring the team home when things looked down.
Assistant Coach Llewelyn Hoy said: “The other two players who made the squad were Matt Greenwood and Luke Goodman. These two players started out as promising fast bowlers who also developed their batting over the week. They were brilliant in the outfield and did a lot of work covering for some of our injured players. Matt Greenwood is a natural athlete and is perfect for this squad as he will be able to get so much out of quality training and coaching. Luke Goodman showed that he deals with pressure well and became a great death bowler for us and will do well if given a chance in the national team.
The boys loved the opportunity to wear their state’s colours and to walk out on to that field as South Australian cricketers. They had never had that opportunity before and the NCIC was a fantastic way for them to pioneer a path for future cricketers with intellectual disabilities to follow.
“The players will be excited to represent their country if given the chance and I hope they’ll come back stronger for the experience and will be ready to face up for South Australia in the NCIC in years to come.”
Luke Goodman said: “I thought our team did great considering we don’t normally play on turf. It felt really good playing in a final. I feel very happy and privileged to be representing Australia in cricket”.
The Coach and Team Manager also selected for the Australian training squad also hail from SA – respectively Joanna Connolly and John Lonergan.
The squad also recently attended a three-day training camp at the BUPA National Cricket Centre in Brisbane in April. With the Final Touring Squad totalling 14 players, the four South Australians will join the team in touring England to compete against South Africa and England in a Tri-series in July 2017. It will comprise four ODIs and four Twenty20 matches with a Final to be played in both.
The tour and training is made possible by Cricket Australia as part of Commonwealth Bank’s sponsorship to support Australian Teams for Cricketers with a Disability.
SACA Chief Executive Officer, Keith Bradshaw has congratulated the selected four on their outstanding achievement.
“It is an incredible achievement for any cricketer to be able to play for their country, and this is a great opportunity for our four players to do the same,” said Bradshaw.
“I was at the championships in Geelong to watch the SA team perform and I can’t wait to see how our players go in England.”