Howzat for Hackney s Cricket teams

Hackney’s cricket teams finished 9th in the girls and boys under 13 London Youth Games cricket competitions at Harrow Leisure Centre.

The cricket competition is one of the hardest sports to achieve a high finishing position. Competing against the 33 of the best U13 cricket teams in London Hackney’s Team showed immense pride, skill and commitment to equal the best ever results achieved by cricket teams from Hackney in the history of the London Youth Games

The teams were chosen through open trials, training, and friendly competitions last year. As a result, 18 young people play cricket for their borough and 28 other young people benefited from the free training offered. More than 60% of both teams were a year younger than their opposition and still eligible to compete next year.

Mr. Croton, George Croton s father said: "The U13 boys had a great team spirit, encouraging each other out in the field. There were some great bowling, batting and fielding performances, and the boys were great representatives of Hackney! It was a good team outing, and we re all looking forward to next year s London Youth Games when we ll do even better!"

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “Congratulations to the team on their performance against some of the best teams in London. With most being younger than their competition this is a fantastic achievement. I’m sure they will go from strength to strength in the London Youth Games.”

These amazing performances were made possible through a partnership between Hackney Council, Stoke Newington Cricket Club and local Secondary Schools.

After three events in this Londonwide annual competition Hackney is 10th. If you are interested in representing Hackney in the London Youth Games 2011 please go to the Hackney Council webpages on You can also contact the Leisure & Physical Activity Team on 020 8356 2230 to find out if there is a training session near you.

The London Youth Games run from November to July and children and young people compete in 43 events across 28 sports. In 2010 Hackney finished 23rd overall in London.