HAMMERSMITH & Fulham's girls' cricket team put in a valiant effort to reach the final of the London Youth Games on Saturday.

The youngsters eased past Lewisham in the semis when they posted 45 runs and left the south Londoners six short of their total.

But nerves got the better of them in the following round against Bromley, where they lost by just two runs.

For all that, coach Mark Mason was bowled over by his team's performance.

"We are slightly depressed as the girls were the best team by a long way," he said.

"I think we had it a bit too easy against Lewisham and when we came up against Bromley we let nerves get the better of us."

The H&F team, made up of year seven girls, gave their all in the six-a-side tournament and because of their young age have a second chance to win gold next year.

Mason said: "Hammersmith & Fulham now have more girls playing cricket than any other London borough and next year we will be deserving winners."