Two Nescot students have helped lead England’s learning disability cricket team to a 5-1 series win against Australia in the INAS International Cricket Series.
Jon Gale and Tayler Young, who both study Sport, flew to Melbourne on March 8 for four one-day internationals and two T20 matches against the nation’s learning disability squad, which ended on Tuesday (March 24).
Jon, who has autism, got his maiden international 50, while Tayler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, made 4-21 in the last match.
“It’s difficult to put into words what it means for the whole team,” said Jon, who is also an ambassador for national campaign My Sport My Voice, which aims to raise the profile of elite athletes who also have a disability.
“We’re proud of our individual performances, but especially of how well we played as a team. To win the series 5-1 is amazing.”
The England side won the first two matches, both T20s, by 64 and 86 runs respectively, with Australia pulling back to win the third, a one-day international, by 22 runs.
England then won next three one-day internationals by eight wickets, 149 and 35 runs respectively, with the ECB declaring themselves ‘delighted with the character of the team’.
The tournament has been played as a biennial tri-series since 2005, but South Africa was not involved this year. The 2017 series will be hosted in England.
Jon and Tayler, who are both aiming to become cricket coaches in the future, were both in the team that won the last tri-series, held in South Africa in 2011.
Ian Martin, Head of Disability Cricket at the ECB, said: “I am delighted with the character the team has shown to defeat Australia in Australia, which is something they should be very proud of.
“I’d like to congratulate head coach Derek Morgan and his management on a job well done. I’m looking forward to testing ourselves in the next INAS cricket series in 2017, in England.”
Photograph courtesy of ECB