Worksop cricket star Alex Jervis and the England Learning Disabilities team passed their Australian test with flying colours, with a 5-1 victory.
The 19-year-old bowler was part of a 15-man England squad that flew Down Under for the INAS International Cricket Series against Australia last month.
While the Clumber Park player was confident his team could give the Australians a hard time, he could scarcely believed they would come so close to a whitewash, thanks to some stellar performances with both bat and ball.
The Three Lions raced to a 2-0 lead in the series in part thanks to Daniel Bowser’s century – the first in English Learning Disability cricket history – before the Aussies pulled one back.
But a dominant performance with the ball, which saw Matt Cowdery take seven wickets, got England back on track and they rampaged to victory.
And Jervis admits it took some time for the performances to register after skipper Chris Edwards crowned the series with a century in the final match.
“I’m really happy to come back with the kind of victory that we managed to get,” he said.
“To win so emphatically was amazing.”
“We have come back now and to be honest it has taken a little while for it to settle in that we won the way we did.”
“It was a really great experience for us and I learned a lot from going out there and being a part of the team.”
“It was a good Australia team and they posed a few problems so maybe we were a little bit fortunate to get such a big win.”
“We really came together over there and I learned a lot about the others and I think we really showed that we are a close unit.”
With strong performances across the board for England the future is bright for the team and Jervis says he wants to be front and centre as they march forward.
“We want to try and keep that momentum going now and every game we play in the future that has to be how we play,” he added.
“It was great to see Daniel (Bowser) and Chris (Edwards) hitting centuries and there are other guys who are capable of doing it as well.”
“And we were good with the ball as well and Matt (Cowdery) showed that by taking seven wickets which was a really impressive haul.”
If you are interested in getting involved in cricket for people with Learning Disabilities, Notts Cricket Board is currently running a disability cricket programme that you can get involved in.
There is also a county cricket championship which will get underway from May this year involving over 30 teams with spaces still available.
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