TAUNTON Tigers came out on top in the Somerset Super 1s Festival, which was held at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week (August 27).

The Lord’s Taverners Super 1s programme is a national disability cricket programme designed to give young people with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket.

Weekly sessions aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds have been taking take place in Bath, Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil.

The sessions are free to attend, fun, played with a softer ball and teach the basics of cricket.

Working with the Lord’s Taverners, the Somerset Cricket Board launched the programme in January, and this week all the Super 1s hubs were invited to take part in the Somerset Super 1s competition.

The event saw 32 young people attend from across the four Somerset Super 1s hubs.

The Taunton hub having enough players for two teams, Bath, Bridgwater and Yeovil made up the five competing teams.

The format for the event was pairs cricket with teams of six facing six overs each; each batter facing one over that consisted of three balls.

Steve Gass, growth & participation officer for Somerset Cricket Board, said: “It was a wonderful morning. It was a superb effort from everyone who attended and it was great to see all our Super 1s hubs have a team represented.

"Our four hubs have all had six months of coaching now, so it was pleasing to see the young people put their skills into action. Each young person who attended the event played with huge energy and enthusiasm.

“It looked like everyone had a great time and it was amazing to have the support of Somerset County Cricket Club who presented our certificates and medals. The excitement on the faces of players was truly fantastic.”