Harrow’s boy’s cricket team are through to defend their title at Lord’s after winning through the qualifying rounds of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Indoor Cricket competition played on 25/26 February at Harrow Leisure Centre.
The defending champions won Group 3 with three successive victories over Croydon, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth. The Harrow Team Manager, Raj Kanagaraj said: “The boys gained lot of confidence from winning the first game. It reflected on their bowling and fielding in the second game. They were very pleased to beat the very good Tower Hamlets team.
“This gives the boys big boost for the Finals at Lord’s. The boys need to work hard in some of their skills, especially fielding and running between the wickets which are a key to success in Indoor Cricket. We have a couple of training sessions between now and the finals and that is what we will be working on.
“We have a lot of work to do if we want to defend our title. A couple of the boys from last year’s team are in this year’s team, so they know how hard it is. The boys are thrilled and excited for winning the group and qualifying for the Finals at Lords. As we are reigning champions, it gives the extra pressure, but the boys are confident in defending the title.
“Special thanks to Councillor David Perry, Sports Development Manager Clifton Jackson, Sports Development Officers Harvi Singh and Errol Mckenzie and parents for their support for the Team Harrow.
The team scored over 100 runs in wins against both Wandsworth and Croydon but the crunch match was the tough 3 run victory over Tower Hamlets 87-84.
Harrow have been drawn against Bexley in the quarter finals at Lord’s which take place on Sunday 11 th March. The full draw is: Harrow vs Bexley; Havering vs Hillingdon; Islington vs Greenwich; Sutton vs Redbridge. The boys’ and girls’ winners will be crowned at Lord’s, with the girls qualifiers set to take place back at Harrow this weekend.
Now part of the Government’s nationwide School Games programme and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding, the London Youth Games has expanded to feature more schools events within its competition programme, to build on the record-breaking 71,000 youngsters who took part in last year’s Games.
Indoor cricket is among 80 school and community competitions across 30 sports that take place across the year including five disability sports, the Thames Water Regatta on 9 June and climaxing at the finals weekend at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on 28 June – 1 July 2012.
For further information on how to compete for Harrow at the London Youth Games, please contact Harrow Borough Team Organiser Harvinder Singh on 020 8424 1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org