Tower Hamlets qualify for Lord’s showpiece again
PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 February 2014
Tower Hamlets are through to the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals day at Lord’s for the second year running.
Despite losing their first qualifying game to Lewisham, Hamlets fought back to enjoy thumping wins over Waltham Forest and Bexley – smashing 154 and 140 respectively in their 10 overs.
The big hitting proved key as the borough squad just about managed to top its group on run rate average and they can now look forward to the knockout stages alongside seven other boroughs at the home of cricket on Sunday, March 2.
Tower Hamlets finished third in the 2013 competition and team manager Jahid Ahmed only has one goal for his young cricketers this time around.
He said: “I want us to win and I know we’re capable of it. We were very close to getting into the final last year and I have every confidence we can go a couple of steps further next month.
“All the players did really well after a slow start.
“After losing the first game I knew it would be imperative to score runs quickly to get the run rate up and we did that.”
Tower Hamlets’ team was made up of a mixture of year six, seven and eight youngsters.
Ahmed, who has played first class cricket for Essex, has already turned his attention to finals day.
“We’ve got four weeks to get the players prepared,” he said.
“There will be a lot of training sessions to make sure they are on the go from the first ball and won’t suffer from a slow start again.”