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Haringey young cricketers seal Lord's final place
1:57pm Thursday 13th February 2014 in Sport
Haringey’s young female cricketers have joined their male counterparts in making it through to next month’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Indoor Cricket finals at Lord’s.
The borough team made it past the qualifying rounds at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday by winning their group.
The side beat 2013 runners-up Ealing in their opening fixture and then went on to defeat Croydon and Brent to clinch their place alongside seven other borough teams at the home of cricket on Sunday, March 2.
Haringey team manager Martin Issitt said: “I was very pleased, they began a little bit slowly not surprisingly with an 8.30am start and bleary eyes, but they got into their first game which was very close and went to three balls from the end and improved as the morning went on.
“To be honest they are a young team and it was really good to see that they benefited from the experience here. We will have a little bit of practice between now and the finals, and just remind them of the basics, which will be a challenge as they are still a relatively young team.”
He added: “The important thing is they love the game, and they loved coming here today and they are already excited about the finals.
“We knew Ealing were likely to be a strong team as second seeds. Historically we have done well, but there was a gap before the younger players started coming through.
“We didn’t qualify last year – they were largely the same girls but they were a little bit frozen in the headlights. We will do our best in the final – they are a young team, a team for the future.”
The indoor cricket male and female competitions feature competitors in Year Eight or younger. It is one of 33 sports in the 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, Europe’s largest annual youth sports event.
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