Wandsworth boys use bat and ball to reach London Youth Games finals

A date with Lord’s: The Wandsworth boys’ cricket team with Foxy, the London Youth Games mascot

A date with Lord’s: The Wandsworth boys’ cricket team with Foxy, the London Youth Games mascot

First published in Latest Sport

Wandsworth boys cricket team have booked a date at Lord’s after winning through to the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals.

They earned their place after qualifying by winning all three of their group matches.

Team manager Kiyo Jason said: “The boys played very well and stuck to the plan. They kept it simple and won off the strength of that.”

The winning boys were Tom Brearley, Jo Blinkhorn-Jones, Ben Scarr, Hamish Dicketts, Jonah Harrison, Jake Fetherston and Jack Hunter-Lees.

Jason said: "The boys have all shown great effort in their training and the trials were fantastic so I thought we could come here and win, and we did.”

Now with the finals at Lord's in a month’s time, Jason believes Wandsworth have the ability to go all the way.

He said: “Getting through the qualifiers has been quite tough in previous years. Last year we had a very tough group with two previous championship winners in our group so we didn’t make it through.

“This year our players are a lot more mature, and I’m sure they will thrive on the experience and do their best to represent Wandsworth to the fullest. If they keep the basics going I reckon they can go all the way.

"This set up at the London Youth Games is amazing, and it’s a great format for teaching kids how to play spin.

"The further up the game you go a lot of players can't play spin, so if they get into this kind of format earlier it can only benefit their game later on in their career.”

This weekend (February 9-10) will see the girls’ qualifying rounds take place with eight more places in the Lord’s finals will be up for grabs.

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event. A record 104,463 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2012 London Youth Games. The 2013 London Youth Games will be the biggest in history featuring 85 competitions across 33 sports and 27 event days, culminating in finals week at the National Sports Centre Crystal Palace in July where the overall winning borough are awarded the Jubilee Trophy. To find out more and to get involved, visit londonyouthgames.org


 

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