Jervis on cloud nine after England victory

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Doncaster’s Alex Jervis believes England’s Learning Disabilities cricket team came through a difficult test with flying colours after returning victorious from their Australian expedition.

The 19-year-old bowler was part of the 15-man squad that flew Down Under for the INAS International Cricket Series Australia v England last month - with England winning 5-1.

“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.

n If you are interested in getting involved in cricket for people with Learning Disabilities, your county 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. Email disabilitycricket@ecb.co.uk to find out more.