Hounslow male cricketers took home silver and had a day to remember at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Cricket Finals at Lord’s on Sunday 28th Feb.. It was a brilliant result for the borough team, aged year 8 and under, who had come through their qualifying group unbeaten at Harrow in January.
In their opening match of the day Hounslow were up against a strong Harrow side. It was a close match, with Harrow chasing 100 runs for the win; however the Hounslow team demonstrated some great bowling and fielding skills to get the Harrow team all out on 94runs!
Hounslow then faced a very confident Tower Hamlets side who were looking to improve upon their silver medal from 2015. Again, some great bowling and fielding work meant Hounslow got Tower Hamlets all out on 93 runs and were chasing 94 runs for the win – their first time chasing runs in the whole tournament. Some tactical batting, meant they did just that – earning them a place in the final.
The final was against Redbridge, who were bronze medallists in 2015 along with the Hounslow team. Hounslow started the batting well accumulating over 50 runs in the first four overs. However, the Redbridge team soon put the Hounslow boys under pressure and the team were all out with 75 runs. The team had a tough task ahead of them to try and stop the Redbridge team and unfortunately were unable to hold them off this time and so the Hounslow team had to settle for silver this year.
All London Youth Games competitions accumulate points which provide the borough with a total score at the end of the summer season. This great result at the cricket along with the cross country results have helped Hounslow’s chances of finishing top 20 for the first time ever, with Hounslow currently sitting in 15th Place overall, 6 places higher than their 21st place in 2015.