- Tower Hamlets
Hackney’s under 13s girls’ cricket team came an impressive third place in the London Youth Games cricket final at Lord’s on Sunday.
The tournament also saw the boys’ team finish joint seventh.
It is the first time the Hackney team has made it to the last eight since the London-wide tournament was launched in 1996.
Although the girls eventually succumbed to winners Hammersmith and Fulham, their coach Ian Bruce was delighted by their performance and ongoing hard work.
Bruce said: “Getting this far was an achievement in itself and they’ve performed out of their skins- they have done fantastically well.”
The girls, eight of them from Stoke Newington School, were led by Mif Worman and Paige Bailey-Gayle who both retired after scoring their 20 runs in good time.
Paige reached the target of 20 runs in one over against Harrow in the run up to the final.
Despite cricket not traditionally being Hackney’s strongest sport, the boys’ team also performed well, losing out to a strong Wandsworth team.
Their manger Robert Merry said: “It was a great effort all round, we were just slightly short on the day but they’ll learn from this and we’ll be back next year.”
The London Youth Games have been running since 1977 and last year saw 100,000 young people taking part in 33 different sports. The Games offer competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities from across the capital.