March 9 2014 Latest news:
Colin Munford, Reporter
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Redbridge’s London Youth Games boys’ cricket team may have been handed the toughest draw possible in their search for glory at Lord’s on March 2, but team manager Mahesh Velani remains confident they can regain the title.
Velani’s side won the competition back in 2012, before losing out in the semi-final to Wandsworth last year.
And if they want any chance of reaching the final this time around they’ll have to gain revenge for that loss when they meet at the quarter-final stage.
The draw then gets even tougher as they could face the reigning champions Harrow in the semi-finals if they do overcome Wandsworth, and despite the draw Velani has every confidence in his side.
“It’s the toughest side of the draw with the top three seeded teams in it and Wandsworth beat us last year in the semi-finals so we know it is going to be tough,” said Velani.
“I looked at them in one of their games in the qualifying stages, but hopefully we can go out there and get our revenge.
“A few of the players have some older brothers who have played at Lord’s before, so they have come along when they have played, but it’s a completely different experience playing to watching so we’ll see how we get on.”
And Velani is hoping the Redbridge girls’ team also make it to Lord’s for the finals day as they prepare for their qualifying round this weekend.
“It was a bit weird last year when they didn’t make it to finals day, that’s the first time it had happened,” he added.
“I went to one of their training sessions the other week and it looked to be going well so hopefully we’ll be going down to Lord’s with both teams from Redbridge in with a chance.”