Cricketing girls in paradise as they make Lord's finals
PUBLISHED: 16:27 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010
GIRLS cricket teams have won an appearance at Lord s Cricket Ground next month. Teams from Bromley, Greenwich and Bexley are due to take part in a cricket extravaganza after winning qualifying rounds.
GIRLS' cricket teams have won an appearance at Lord's Cricket Ground next month.
Teams from Bromley, Greenwich and Bexley are due to take part in a cricket extravaganza after winning qualifying rounds.
Bromley team manager Mike Askew said: "To go to Lord's is always fantastic. It's the home of cricket isn't it? As far as I am concerned walking through those gates is like walking into paradise."
Speaking about qualifying, he added: "The girls played very well. Everyone made a contribution. There were no stars, all of them got a wicket and four of them retired on 20 runs [as the competition rules lay down], which was really pleasing.
The final rounds of Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Indoor Cricket Cup, where girls booked a place at Lord's, were staged at Harrow Leisure Centre on February 7. Greenwich girls' team produced the best innings of the day, chalking up a massive 150 runs without loss against Newham.
The players, aged 13 and under, also beat Lambeth to seal their finals place via Group 8.
The team will join neighbouring boroughs Bromley and Bexley in the Super 8s final on March 6.
Bexley scored a victory in a winner-takes-all final round tie against Hillingdon and the Bromley team made the last eight after overcoming Waltham Forest and Wandsworth. Greenwich team manager Len Sales said: "It's just great to see so many girls playing cricket. They will all improve from this experience.
"We came second last year and we have pretty much the same team as then. So we're pretty hopeful, but we also know there are other good teams around." Bexley manager John Daniels added: "Not many cricketers get the chance to play at Lord's, not many footballers get the opportunity to play at Wembley and not many tennis players get the chance to play at Wimbledon.
"Playing at Lord's is something that will live with these girls for ever." Teams from Hounslow, Haringey, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent and Lewisham also made it to the final. London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sports event, with 47,000 young people from 33 London boroughs taking part in 30 sports.