Victory for Manchester Lightning
15 StreetChance teams from across 7 cities made their way to the Birmingham NIA for the second national competition of the year on Wednesday (3rd April).
Both boys and girls aged eight to 18, took part in six-a-side matches, split into a junior (under 14) and senior competition (14-18).
Manchester Lightning U14s narrowly missed out in the junior competition, losing to Newham Knights in the final. Newham being seasoned finalists, the Knights managed to keep hold of the trophy for the second time this year. Better luck for Manchester Lightning at future competitions.
However the Manchester Lightning (14-18 age group team) faced newcomers, Redbridge in the senior final, who were playing in the tournament for the first time. After a tense game of fast-paced high-quality cricket, Manchester Lightning took back the winners’ trophy, much to the delight of their coach Rehaan Rather, who said:
“I’m really proud of both of my teams. They’ve played so hard today; it’s great to see the younger team do so well.
“The seniors won twice in 2012, but weren’t so lucky in the last two tournaments. This was a wakeup call for them and they realised there is a lot of talent coming through from the other cities and really stepped up their game. It’s clearly paid off!”
StreetChance is a programme to engage young people from various backgrounds in areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour through cricket. It is supported by the Cricket Foundation (charity behind Chance to Shine), Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Metropolitan Police Service and County Constabularies across identified StreetChance cities.
Images of both teams can be found on the right in Image gallery. To find out more visit: www.streetchance.org.