WHO said cricket has no future in schools?
There were 17 London boroughs battling it out in Regent's Park this week for the right to be crowned capital princes and princesses of the junior Kwik Cricket competition - all more than happy to dispel the notion.
Better still for aficianodos of the game - the standard of play just gets better and better, according to organiser Katie Berry.
The schools had already won the right to represent their borough in earlier competitions.
And by the end of the day, Stanley School, from Richmond, had earned the right to represent London in the Southern Regional Final later this month.
Their triumph was only slightly better than the semi-final appearances by Wolf Fields, from Ealing, who made it into the last four, only to be edged out by St Michael's, from Haringey.
Byron Court, representing Brent, also made it to the semis, but fell victims to all-conquering Stanley.
Further back, Priestmead (Harrow) and Brackenbury, from Hammersmith & Fulham, made the quarter-finals before bowing out.
But there was no second bolt of lightning to clear the way for Gateway School - whose base is less than a good six from Regent's Park, in Lisson Grove.
Last year's winners at this stage didn't survive the morning's group stages on the pitches at The Hub Centre in the park, and sadly neither did Fox School, taking care of Kensington & Chelsea's interests in the tournament.
Nevertheless, there were admiring nods from everyone who turned up.
Berry added: "All the teams performed well, and the overall standard was much improved on previous years."