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Redbridge girls look to Lord’s it

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 February 2015

Redbridge's girls have qualified for the finals of the London Youth Games indoor cricket event at Lord's

Redbridge's girls have qualified for the finals of the London Youth Games indoor cricket event at Lord's

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Girls cricket squad join boys at London Youth Games finals

A Redbridge youngster produces a fine off drive at the London Youth Games indoor cricket eventA Redbridge youngster produces a fine off drive at the London Youth Games indoor cricket event

Redbridge’s young female cricketers followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts by winning through to the prestigious London Youth Games final at Lord’s next month.

The borough squad, from year eight and below, remained unbeaten during their indoor cricket qualifying competition at Harrow Leisure Centre last weekend to book their place at the home of cricket on Sunday March 1.

The Redbridge girls defeated their Harrow and Hackney rivals in an impressive all-round team display and can now look forward to competing in the quarter-finals and hopefully beyond.

Team Manager Pauline Osborn, who is also in charge of the women’s team at Wanstead Cricket Club, was delighted with her team’s performance, which means they will be joining the Redbridge boys’ team at Lord’s in just over two weeks time.

A Redbridge player celebrates a wicket in the London Youth Games indoor cricket eventA Redbridge player celebrates a wicket in the London Youth Games indoor cricket event

“Our strength this year is the fact we are an all-round team, but we have the advantage they all play together anyway,” said Osborn.

“Where we live they do an indoor league and we’ve entered the girls’ team in the under-13s, so they’ve been playing games against boy opposition since September.”

But while Osborn is happy with how her team did in qualifying, she knows the standard of cricket at Lord’s will be a step up.

“Anything can happen at Lord’s,” added Osborn.

A Redbridge youngster bowls at the London Youth Games indoor cricket eventA Redbridge youngster bowls at the London Youth Games indoor cricket event

“It really doesn’t matter what the draw is because all eight teams who’ve got through will be a good standard, so it doesn’t matter who you are going to be playing at Lord’s.

“It was about getting to Lord’s to have a day out, see what goes on. Hopefully we’ll do well, hopefully we’ll win our first game and that gets them into the medal stakes.

“I’d like them to get medals, but we’re going to Lord’s and that was our objective.”


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