HOUNSLOW'S schoolboy cricketers have claimed bronze in the London Youth Games after only a few months together.
Playing like they had been together for year, Hounslow made it all the way to the semis on Finals Day at Lord's before bowing out to eventual winners Tower Hamlets.
They had disposed of Bexley, a team who were tipped for the final, in the quarter-finals, but were set a challenging run-chase by Tower Hamlets.
Despite some great batting, Hounslow came up just 20 runs short and had to settle for third place.
Peter Lee, from Hounslow's sports development team, said: "The cricket that the lads played at the finals was the best I've ever seen them play.
"The way the guys have formed such a great working relationship in the couple of months they have been together is fantastic. They should all be proud of themselves.
"I would also like to thank Andy Mawson, from Heathlands School, and his team of coaches, who have helped train both the girls and boys teams since the start of the year."
The squad was: Jack Southby (Longford), Bhavesh Pankhania (Heathland), Mohsin Dawood (Hounslow Manor), Milun Patel (Isleworth & Syon), Manipreet Vanteddu (Feltham), Akhilesh Nair (Hounslow Manor), Arunjit Sandhu Heathland), Hasnaat Alam (Isleworth & Syon), Haaris Qadri (Heathland) and Alex Fell (Chiswick).
Sadly, the girls team failed to make it to Finals Day, having been knocked out of last week's qualifying round by last year's winners.
Most of the London Youth Games will take place in July. If you want to represent Hounslow, call the sports development team on 0845 456 2857/56 or look out for application forms in schools, libraries and leisure centres.