Tower Hamlets indoor cricketers ready to take on London Youth Games finals

PUBLISHED: 11:06 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 13 February 2015

Tower Hamlets unbeaten squad and their foxy mascot... ready to take on Youth Games Lord's finals

Tower Hamlets unbeaten squad and their foxy mascot... ready to take on Youth Games Lord's finals

London Youth Games Foundation

Cricket-mad youngsters from London’s East End are gearing up to take on seven top rivals after getting through unbeaten to the London Youth Games Indoor grand final at Lord’s.

The Tower Hamlets Under 13s team topped their group in the qualifying rounds, beating east London rivals Newham, Havering and Barking & Dagenham in an impressive all-round display.

Now they go forward to the Lord’s finals on March 1—for the third year in a row.

“We won three out of three matches this year,” a jubilant team manager Jahid Ahmed said. “Yet I thought we had a weaker team than in the last two years.

“We’re pretty much an all-round side. There are a couple of good bowlers, but batting is where we’re stronger.”

The finals will be tough, he admits, but the team is hopeful they can snatch a medal.

“What they showed in the qualifier gave me a little bit of confidence,” Jahid added. “It’ll be tough—but they’ve got a chance if they get the basics right on the day.”

Indoor Cricket is one of 31 sports in this year’s Youth Games. Almost 127,000 youngsters took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty Games, taking the annual event to a-million participants since Europe’s largest annual youth sports gathering was first launched in 1977.

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