Redbridge return to Lord’s for London Youth Games finals
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 February 2016
Coach Mahesh Velani backing his boys to go two better than they did last year
Redbridge cricket coach Mahesh Velani believes his boys can win the London Youth Games 2016 gold medal after qualifying for the Lord’s finals at the weekend.
Last year they picked up a bronze medal on the big day at the home of cricket and they will be looking to improve on that feat later this month.
The finals take place on February 28 and Redbridge are set to face Merton in the last eight after coming through qualifying in a group containing local rivals Barking & Dagenham, Brent and Southwark.
“A couple of years ago we won it and we have a similar team now,” said coach Velani.
“We didn’t played our best in the 2015 finals, but finished third. We still have a few gold medalists in the team so they have played at Lord’s before. Hopefully they can help us win on the day.”
Barking & Dagenham had to forfeit their matches as their squad had too many players not originally declared.
But Redbridge came through a tight contest with Brent, showing their nerve to get the win.
The other fixture they played against Southwark ended in a more emphatic victory as they racked up 132 runs and dismissed their opponents for just 51.
It boosts Redbridge’s confidence going into the main event later this month, Velani adding: “I’m delighted to be back in the finals again, I think that is five years in a row now that we have made it.
“We are happy to be there and the draw has been kind to us because we face an unseeded side.”
The girls have a chance to join the boys in the Lord’s finals when they take part in their qualifers this weekend.
They are in a three-team group alongside City of London and Westminster.
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