Merton’s batting secures bronze

Merton girls cricket team secured bronze in the Super 8’s Cricket Cup final on Saturday 7 March at Lords.

The world famous Lords cricket ground saw eight qualifying boroughs Ealing, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Harringey, Merton, City of London, Redbridge and Brent compete in the finals for the cricket cup.

Merton took bronze, after beating Tower Hamlets with 91/3 from 10 overs, to Tower Hamlets 26 all out, with 5.3 overs, but missed silver when they were beaten by Greenwich in the semi finals. Greenwich won 89/2 from 9.2 overs against Merton 87/4 from 10 overs.

Former London Youth Games Competitor, Rory Hamilton-Brown presented prizes to Redbridge for 1st place, with 2nd place going to Greenwich and 3rd to Merton.

In the boys’ cricket, Merton narrowly missed out on getting to the finals when the three teams Merton, Kingston and Hillingdon met last month (Saturday 7 February). But hopes of reaching the finals were dashed when all three teams each won and lost a game, and the winning score had to be calculated on the net run rate. Merton boys played Kingston and won 107/54 but conceded 63/117 against Hillingdon. The winner Hillingdon played for the Cricket Cup at Lords.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community services, Councillor Maurice Groves said, “Congratulations to the girls on getting bronze. It is wonderful to see Merton girls and boys taking part in sporting activities. It is truly inspiring and we hope that many more will continue to get involved.

‘I would also like to thank Rutlish boys school for giving the team access to their sports hall. Without their support there might not have been anywhere to practise.’

To find out more about sporting activities in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/leisure or call 020 8545 3663.

Notes to Editor

London Borough of Merton is 5th on the London Youth Games competition standings http://www.londonyouthgames.org

Merton girls cricket team secured their place in the finals when they played Islington, Hounslow and Hillingdon on Sunday 1 March at Harrow Leisure Centre.

The first London Youth Games was held in 1977 as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The Games provides competitive sporting opportunities for young Londoners representing the London borough they live or are educated in. Every year over 20,000 youngsters compete in over 30 different sports competitions

Anyone wanting to take part in the competitions must be born on or after 01 September 1990.