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WANDSWORTH CONFIRM LORD'S DATE

WANDSWORTH boys team have booked a date at the home of cricket after winning through to the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Indoor Cricket Finals which will take place on Sunday 3 March.

They earned their place after topping Group 2 at the qualifiers at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday 2 February, winning all three of their group matches against Lambeth, Hillingdon and Sutton.
Wandsworth showed they were a team to be reckoned with in their opening match, scoring 132 runs, while Lambeth could only manage 80. And their determination became even more apparent as they went on to beat second seeded Hillingdon 87-85 with only four balls remaining.
In their final match of the day, Wandsworth rounded off a successful qualifying campaign with victory over Sutton, chasing 75 in just six overs. Team Manager Kiyo Jason was delighted with his borough's performance:
"The boys played exceptionally well and stuck to the game plan. They kept it simple and won off the strength of that," he said. "The boys have all shown great effort in their training and the trials were fantastic so I thought we could come here and win, and we did."
Now with the finals at Lords in a month's time, Jason believes Wandsworth have the ability to go all the way. "Getting through the qualifiers has been quite tough in previous years. Last year we had a very tough group with two previous championship winners in our group so we didn't make it through." Jason explained. 
"This year our players are a lot more mature, and I'm sure they will thrive on the experience and do their best to represent Wandsworth to the fullest. If they keep the basics going I reckon they can go all the way."
"This set up at the London Youth Games is amazing, and it's a great format for teaching kids how to play spin. The further up the game you go a lot of players can't play spin, so if they get into this kind of format earlier it can only benefit their game later on in their career."

Next weekend (Feb 9/10) will see the girls' qualifying rounds takes place where eight more places in the Lord's finals will be up for grabs. The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sports event.

A record 104,463 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2012 London Youth Games. The 2013 London Youth Games will be the biggest in history featuring 85 competitions across 33 sports and 27 event days, culminating in finals week at the National Sports Centre Crystal Palace in July where the overall winning borough are awarded the Jubilee Trophy.

To find out more and to get involved, visit www.londonyouthgames.org   <http://www.londonyouthgames.org/ >

VIDEOS:
Gemma Gibbons, Patron of 2013 London Youth Games
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa85u8rm5Ec

Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith "Now it's your turn"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxJOicCEqew

NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Balfour Beatty London Youth Games (BBLYG)
·         BBLYG are unique because they involve all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies (NGBs), 85 competitions and 33 sports
·         The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games are open to all Londoners aged 7-18
·         Europe's largest annual youth sports event
·         The 2012 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games were the biggest in the event's 36 year history with 104,463 participants
·         Balfour Beatty are the title sponsor of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games until at least 2015
·         Partners include Sport England, Thames Water, 95.8FM Help a Capital Child
·         Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. For more information, see www.sportengland.org http://www.sportengland.org/ >
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Chris Broadbent, Communications Manager
T: 020 7717 1571
M: 07736 344744
E: chris@londonyouthgames.org <mailto:chris@londonyouthgames.org>
F: www.facebook.com/londonyouthgames   <http://www.facebook.com/londonyouthgames >
T: @ldnyouthgames
W: www.londonyouthgames.org   <http://www.londonyouthgames.org/ >

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