West Ham win inaugural Wicketz indoor cricket cup
West Ham under 16s played Newham under 16s in the final of the first-ever Wicketz indoor cricket competition held at Lister Community School in Newham, east London, on 28 November.
West Ham finished on 118-5 after their 10 overs, Aswad making over half the team’s runs with a splendid 63 not out. Newham did their best to limit West Ham’s runs, with Samir the pick of Newham’s bowlers with 2 wickets.
Newham’s batters came out all guns blazing to try and reach the 119 target, with Hamza and Adil both scoring 24. However, while focusing firmly on attack, their defence was left vulnerable and West Ham’s bowlers (including Parth with 2 wickets) bowled Newham out for 76 runs to post a 42-run victory.
Wicketz is a new and innovative ‘transitional' programme which uses cricket to help transform the lives of young people, their families and communities in disadvantaged areas. It provides:
- New local facilities for communities and young people on their doorstep
- Development programmes through cricket to help young people transition from soft ball-cricket to hard ball cricket club environments
- Support for parents and families to support their children and communities
Led by The Lord's Taverners, it brings together four expert partner organisations to help deliver the programme - Sporting Equals, Capital Kids, County Cricket Boards and Family Lives.
Despite the increasing opportunities for youngsters to play soft ball cricket in disadvantaged areas, there is minimal transition into mainstream cricket clubs.
‘Wicketz' attempts to breakdown these barriers, by creating a supportive transition pathway from soft ball to hardball cricket clubs.
In London, a key barrier identified was the lack of access to cricket clubs on the doorstep of the community. 3 junior Community cricket clubs have been constituted in Tottenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets (girls cricket club, to make cricket more accessible to the communities.
‘Wicketz' will pro-actively engage with the young people, their families and communities in order to tackle barriers of engagement, including postcode issues, peer pressure, parental support, cost and role models.