Redbridge aim to stump rivals
PUBLISHED: 09:30 27 February 2015
Youngsters ready for London Youth Games finals at Lord’s
Redbridge youngsters will hope to leave their London Youth Games rivals stumped at the indoor cricket finals at Lord’s on Sunday.
The borough is bidding for a double, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams having booked their places in the last eight at the qualifying event at Harrow.
And Mahesh Velani, who coaches the boys, is reasonably confident of more success.
He said: “We’ve won it twice in the last three years and know how the day works and what to expect from the surface at Lord’s.
“It’s a little bit of an advantage and the side is pretty much unchanged from last year, so they’ve got a second bite of the cherry.
“The majority of the side have been there before and we’re confident. But it seems as if the others will be looking to beat us and the first game can sometimes be tricky.”
Redbridge are due to meet Camden in their quarter-final at midday, with the girls’ team in action an hour earlier.
Velani added: “If we play well, we should do well. The double has happened before and it will be nice to give the girls some support.
“I remember taking my little brother (Essex star Kishen) when he competed and the Youth Games give an opportunity to the children to learn and meet other kids from around London who are just as good at cricket as them.
“And when you’re 13 years old, the chance to play at Lord’s is an added bonus.”
Redbridge’s girls play Richmond in their quarter-final at 11am on Sunday, before the boys take on Camden at noon.
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