England call for Broadbridge Heath cricketer

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YOUNG Broadbridge Heath spin bowler Fred Bridges hopes his first selection for the England Physical Disability team can inspire others with disabilities to take up the sport.

The 20-year-old says he was delighted to receive the call-up to the newly formed national side having impressed in a trial, and was part of the team who took part in the Sussex County Cricket Club Disability Day at the County Ground in Hove along with more than 300 young people and adults.

“It was an honour to have the opportunity to play International cricket for my country, a huge honour,” said the former Tanbridge School pupil.

Fred suffers from Hemiplegia - a condition he describes as “mild cerebral palsy” which affects the muscles down his right side.

His disability doesn’t stop him starring for Broadbridge Heath on a Saturday, where his three wickets helped his side to an opening day win over Worthing III in Division 3 of the Sussex Invitation League.

He said: “I see myself as a bowler who can bat, but the whole purpose of playing for the England team is to develop my batting and all-round game.

“Having my disability hasn’t prevented me from playing cricket at a good standard, I just have to adjust my game to what I can do.”