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Redbridge cricketers hoping for London Youth Games success at Lord’s

Redbridge boys qualified for the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals at Lord's Redbridge boys qualified for the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals at Lord's

Friday, February 28, 2014
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The boys have been inseparable so far for Redbridge and cricket team manager Mahesh Velani feels his team are more than ready for the challenge as they go in search of London Youth Games glory at Lord’s on Sunday.

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Winners in 2012, the borough team qualified for finals day last month, but have been handed a tough draw against third seeds Wandsworth to make it through to the semi-finals, where they could face champions Harrow.

But despite the tough draw, Velani remains confident of his side’s hopes at the home of cricket.

“We have had plenty of training sessions over the last few weeks and the boys are more than ready for the challenge,” said Velani.

“It is a tough draw but if you want to win the competition you have to beat the best at some stage so that holds no fear for us.”

This is Velani’s second year in charge of the team, and he insists the future is bright for the borough’s cricket team, with all bar one of them available again next time round.

“At some stage all this squad has played representative cricket for the county so that shows you how strong we are,” he added.

“All bar one of them will be available next year as well so that bodes well for the future.”

The finals are a straight knock-out event and Velani knows his side will have to be on top form right from the off, otherwise they face the early exit.

“The surface at Lord’s is different to the one which we played on in the qualifiers,” he said.

“But the boys put in a very good performance from the off on that day so they know what it takes and hopefully they can reproduce that this weekend.”

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