COLLEGE STUDENTS HIT THE OPPOSITION FOR SIX TO WIN CRICKET TOURNAMENT AT LORD’S
Tower Hamlets College’s disabled cricket team saw off the competition to win the Middlesex Disability Cricket Championship at the famous Lord’s cricket ground.
The annual championship, which involved three other London colleges – Hackney Community College, Richmond College and City of Westminster College – was played at the Middlesex Cricket Academy, located at Lord’s, the home of English cricket.
The competition is organised by Middlesex Cricket as part of their new initiative to provide young people with disabilities to play cricket.
Tower Hamlets qualified for the tournament final by finishing second in their qualifying rounds, which took place in April at Westminster College.
They defeated Hackney Community College to set up a final winner takes all match with Richmond College, where an outstanding all round team effort of superb batting, bowling and fielding led by team captain Muhammed Jakaria, saw the team bring home the trophy. Bowler Sharif Musah was on top form collecting five wickets and Ryan Barnard hit two sixes.
The players who have learning disabilities and attend College to study foundation learning courses to help them gain independence and work skills.
Tanya Blake, Enrichment and Mentoring Coordinator at the College said:
“For the last five weeks, the team has been in intensive training with their coach Michael Wilson to make sure they were focused and ready.
“It is really great to see the team win after working so hard in training and it makes up for the disappointment of not being able to defend our Lord’s Taverner title this year.”
Team Captain Muhammed Jakaria said:
“I had a fantastic time and I’m happy we won.”