Zak Crawley presents a shirt with a match-worn design to an England fan who is blind while on tour with The Barmy Army


Zak Crawley showed his class both on and off the pitch during England’s series opening draw with West Indies.

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After scoring a century against West Indies, Zak Crawley, England’s opener, gifted his match-worn shirt as a gift to a fan in blind England.

Crawley proved to be a shining light in England’s series opener, as the 24-year-old starred with the bat after notching up an impressive 121 off 216 balls.

The England side was well-followed by the Barmy Army of Antigua. After Crawley’s second Test ton, the traveling fans were astonished.

In the celebrations one man who caught the eye of many was blind Barmy Army member Martin Lloyd, who was seen enjoying Crawley’s feat as much as anyone despite his visual impairment.

Lloyd traveled to the Caribbean with his wife Tara and met Rich, a fellow England fan. ‘Tiny’Nicholls was his ball-by–ball commentator while he watched the action unfold.

A video clip featuring Nicholls explaining the moment Crawley went on to 100 was captured and shared by the Barmy Army Twitter page. It has since been viewed over half a thousand times.

In the clip Lloyd can be seen loving every second of his fellow fan’s description of the England opener’s achievement, and it seems the video reached the man Crawley himself.

As a result, the next video shared of Lloyd on the Barmy Army’s social media pages was the England supporter being presented with Crawley’s match shirt which appeared to be signed by the whole England team.

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The gift, and the England opener’s century proved to be extra special for Lloyd, after the Barmy Army member revealed he was a Kent fan, the County in which Crawley plays his domestic cricket.

Lloyd spoke about his amazing experience with the PA Agency. “It was superb to be here for Joe Root’s century, Rich talked me through it all, and I’m a Kent fan so to witness Zak’s century was a top moment.

“Rich didn’t have to do this for me, come and talk me through the game. I only met him on Tuesday on the first day of the cricket.

“The Barmy Army is a Barmy family really, everyone looks out for everyone and I just want to say thank you for the kindness and consideration.”

Despite Crawley’s century England were unable to secure victory, but did however come away with a credible draw, after the Windies batted out the fifth and final day losing four wickets.

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