A SPECIAL needs boccia team took on The Challenge of Liverpool and came away with a draw.

Ellesmere Port and Neston Special Olympics boccia team took on The Challenge Club, Liverpool at the Oasis Youth Centre in Ellesmere Port in the CP Sport England and Wales league.

Boccia - pronounced botcha - is a form of bowls specifically for people with cerebral palsy played with a set of coloured balls and a white marker ball.

The contest got off to a flying start with Ellesmere Port winning their first game 4-3. The teams were evenly matched and The Challenge Club managed to pull it back level winning 5-4.

The players played a further two matches, each team winning a match to draw 2-2.

Skipper Tony Crelin said: 'We are enjoying playing against other teams.

'We played well today against tough opposition.'

To learn more about the sport contact Sarah House, Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council community development officer on 0151 356 6782 or e-mail sarah.house@epnbc.gov.uk