Brent school team triumph in London Youth Games cricket tournament
PUBLISHED: 13:06 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 26 June 2013
Byron Court Primary School youngsters hit their rivals for six as they triumphed in the London Youth Games kwik cricket tournament at Regent's Park.
The Wembley team, made up of players from Years 5 and 6, began the competition with victory over Bexley’s Hook Lane Primary School – and they remained unbeaten throughout the group stage.
In the final, Byron Court faced a difficult test against Hillingdon’s Lady Bankes Junior School, but they posted a commanding total of 251 and successfully defended that, winning by five runs with some tight bowling at the death.
“The boys did the school proud,” said Byron Court head coach Ron Jeffrey. “We’ve had training since Easter one day a week but the boys just love cricket.
“They’re playing throughout the winter and most of them play for clubs as well. It’s so important for them to progress and enjoy cricket for the rest of their lives.”
Brent’s handball team claimed the bronze medal following a narrow defeat by eventual winners Hackney in the semi-final.
The Brent girls started well, beating Barking & Dagenham 5-1 before fighting out a 2-2 draw against their closest rivals Southwark and then sharing a scoreless draw with Bexley.
That earned Brent a semi-final tie with Hackney – and, despite playing against a taller, more experienced team, they threatened to pull off a shock by leading 3-2 with two minutes to go.
However, Hackney fought back to equalise and then grab a late winner, leaving a disappointed Brent side to pick themselves up for the bronze medal play-off, where they defeated Bexley 4-2.
Brent squad: Kiara Taylor, Sian Peart, Terique Dover-Lloyd, Kanice Pyne, Zonjay Bernard, Andrea Melchor, Munirah Sawyers, Nerice Campbell-Forde.