Manchester Retain StreetChance Title
Manchester StreetChance team retained their national StreetChance Title and Liverpool make it to the semis.
London was the place to be last week (19th February) as teams from all over the country converged on the Play On Sports arena for the national StreetChance finals.
It was the first time that the national finals were played outside of Birmingham and teams from as far afield as Bristol and Hull battled for the national senior and junior titles.
Each match is comprised of two 20 ball innings and games last for 20 minutes. Matches are played with a tennis ball, wrapped in electrical tape and limited equipment in contained spaces. As a result, it is ideal for inner city venues.
The senior competition saw Manchester, Waltham Forest, Hull and Newham progress through to the semi-finals. In the first semi, Manchester avenged an earlier defeat to Waltham Forest as they were victorious by five runs in a tight affair. Newham also booked their spot in the final after overcoming Hull in dramatic circumstances with the last batsman hitting the winning runs.
Manchester batted first in the final and posted a challenging 30 from their 20 balls. Newham battled hard and came into the last over needing nine to win. They fell short and Manchester claimed the senior title.
Speaking about the victory their coach Rehaan Rather said: “I’m very proud of the boys and their achievement. The standard in the national competitions continues to grow stronger each year and I was very impressed with how my players performed. In their first game of the day, they were comprehensively beaten by Waltham but after a motivational team talk, they played extremely well and went on to successfully defend their crown.”
There was drama in the group stages of the junior competition as Liverpool battled to a thrilling last ball victory over Hull to qualify for the semi-finals. They were joined there by Birmingham and Barking & Dagenham and the semi-final line up was completed with local rivals turned team mates, Greenwich & Lewisham.
Birmingham and Greenwich & Lewisham were victorious against Barking and Liverpool respectively to set up a mouth-watering final.
Greenwich & Lewisham batted first and set an imposing target of 43. Birmingham fought bravely but ended up 11 short on 32.
Greenwich & Lewisham coach Simon Pullan said, “As neighbours, Greenwich and Lewisham have a strong yet friendly rivalry at London competitions, always looking to get one-up on each other. They are a massive credit to themselves in the way they came together as a team for the National Competition.”
StreetChance is an inner-city cricket project run in partnership between the Cricket Foundation and Barclays Spaces for Sports. The initiative aims to increase aspiration, promote mutual respect, and enhance relationships amongst the programme participants and others, including schools, police and their local communities.
To find out more about StreetChance visit: www.streetchance.org.