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Saba sings praises of girls after securing Lord’s spot

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 February 2016

Redbridge girls celebrate reaching the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals at Lord's (pic: LYG)

Redbridge girls celebrate reaching the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals at Lord's (pic: LYG)

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Squad see off City of London and Westminster to join seven other finalists at the Home of Cricket

Redbridge cricket coach Saba Nasim praised the performance of her girls after they qualified for the London Youth Games finals at Lord’s with two wins last weekend.

The borough squad made the final of the whole competition last year, but had to settle for a runner-up spot.

It is a completely different side now, though, and Nasim is taking charge for the first time as well.

Therefore expectations are not too high, but Redbridge topped Group B after two encouraging displays at Harrow Leisure Centre on Sunday.

“I am delighted the girls made it through to the finals,” said Nasim.

“They reached the final in 2015 and they did really well this time, but it’s a whole new team compared to last year. It was a different experience for the girls.

“We batted first against City of London and then chased the total down to win against Westminster, so it was good to be able to do that in our group games.”

Redbridge racked up 105 against City of London, before restricting their rivals to just 68, and chased 59 against Westminster.

It enabled them to finish top of the group and Bexley now await in the quarter-finals.

Nasim, who received a Chance to Shine award recently, admitted she doesn’t know too much about their last eight opponents, adding: “This year is the first time I have helped out with the girls.

“I have heard about the London Youth Games, but never been involved before.

“We need to see how we do, there will be much tougher competition in the finals so we will train the girls up and they’ll do their best.”


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