Newly formed Tower Hamlets Cricket Club has joined the Middlesex U17’s League, despite lacking two of the essentials for playing the game – a grass pitch and a clubhouse.The budding club, which has been using artificial pitches in Victoria Park in Bethnal Green, was allowed to enter the league with the support of Middlesex County Cricket Club.
The club, which takes players between 15 and 17, will provide an opportunity for cricketers to play locally, rather than be forced to join other clubs elsewhere in the capital.
The team will play their Middlesex League games away until artificial pitches in Victoria Park are replaced with grass ones.
Phil Knappett, Middlesex County Cricket Club Youth and Coaching Officer said: “The biggest thing is the cricket facilities. We are working with Victoria Park to get some ideas about grass and artificial grounds”. The work to redevelop the park is being funded by lottery money.
He added: “We are [also] training coaches for club and school level, and work with two other partner clubs Victoria Park and Island Gardens.”
Local charity Capital Kids Cricket has been working to promote the sport in local schools and reintroducing it into the curriculum.
The new team, which is also being supported by Tower Hamlets council schools sports sports programme, will train at Bethnal Green Technological College every week between 4-6pm.
Capital Kids Cricket http://www.capitalkidscricket.co.uk/
Middlesex County Cricket Club http://www.middlesexccc.com/