London Youth Games: Barking & Dagenham boys left stumped

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 February 2015

Barking & Dagenham's boys were edged out of the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals

Barking & Dagenham's boys were edged out of the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals


Indoor cricket squad miss out on Lord’s finals

Barking & Dagenham’s under-13 boys were edged out of the London Youth Games indoor cricket finals after a tense qualifying competition at Harrow Leisure Centre on Sunday.

The squad, made up of players from the Goresbrook club and pupils from Robert Clack School, were grouped with Havering, Newham and Tower Hamlets, with only the winners going through to the finals at Lord’s next month.

And Barking & Dagenham made a winning start against Newham, scoring 87 off their 10 overs before skittling their rivals for 48.

Danny Gillham and Nirbhay Bist scored well with the bat, as Tahmid Khonbakar, George Smith and Itihas Adama shared the wickets.

But the borough team slipped to a three-run defeat against Tower Hamlets, who went on to top the group.

Chasing 110, Gillham and Bist put on 56 in just four overs before having to retire.

Tight bowling restricted Smith, Adama, Anish Vara and Khondakar in the middle overs, though, and Jordan Samuel fell before Gillham returned to the crease and was run out in the penultimate over.

Last man Bist kept up with the rate, but two dot balls in the last over left him meeding to hit a six off the last ball and he was run out after a wide was bowled.

Havering piled up 144 in the final match, with a disappointed Barking & Dagenham falling to a 75-run loss.

But coach Danny Gillham Snr said: “This hastily arranged team were a credit to Barking & Dagenham. Not only was their cricket impressive, but they represented the borough with pride and the behaviour of the boys was excellent.

“They were a bit down after being pipped by Tower Hamlets in game two that would almost have certainly meant they won the group, but they played the game in the correct spirit throughout.

“At Goresbrook we teach our players to adhere to the sprit of the game and to enjoy themselves win lose or draw, and that is what the team did.

“Hopefully we can encourage more boys at Robert Clack and other schools to pick up a bat and a ball and join us at Goresbrook to see how much fun cricket is.”

Robert Clack’s Paul Cook added: “We try to play as much cricket as possible at Robert Clack and our lads did very well for the borough and should be proud of what they have achieved for Robert Clack as well.”

David Whisker, Goresbrook’s head of colts cricket, said: “Cricket is for all. We have had under-13s from the school and club joining together but we also have under-nine, 11, 15 and 16 cricket within our club as well as a girls team.”

Squad, Danny Gillham, Nirbhay Bist, George Smith, Jordan Samuel, Anish Vara, Itihas Adama, Tahmid Khondakar.

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