Manchester's Twinny Wins StreetChance Young Adults Competition
StreetChance team Twinny from Manchester lifted the National StreetChance Young Adults Final fending off stiff opposition from other inner city teams. Best bowling award also went to Twinny's bowler Amir.
Young people aged 16 to 24 from inner city areas in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Dewsbury and Hull came together at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, on Monday 28th April to compete in the national StreetChance Young Adults Final.
Participants received some cricketing tips from former England cricketers, Dominic Cork and Alex Tudor, who were in attendance. They also picked five players each to take part in a special one off North v South match with the former England stars.
The match started in bizarre fashion with Alex Tudor opting not to open the bowling for his side and Dominic Cork hiding down the order. The game itself was extremely competitive and reached its climax with Cork bowling to Tudor whose team needed four off the last ball. An attempted Dilscoop only brought one run and the North emerged victorious.
This was shortly followed by the National Final with Twinny from Manchester taking on East Side from Middlesex. After a closely fought game, Twinny went in their second and final innings needing twenty eight to win. They successfully chased the target down to become national champions.
Talking about his team’s victory, Coach Rehaan Rather, said: “It feels very good. There has been a lot of talent on display and the leagues have been very competitive nationally. There have been some very tight games but we have gone unbeaten throughout the day and I’m very proud of our boys.”
StreetChance coach, Sean Gibson, was equally full of praise for Cork, Tudor and the cross city match, saying: “It was great to see legends like Dominic and Alex here getting involved and having fun. It was equally pleasing to see people from different cities playing together and enjoying it.”
Alex Tudor praised StreetChance and the cricket on show, commenting: “It was a real eye opener to see the cricketing talent on show. There are some incredible cricketers in inner city areas and it’s great that programmes such as StreetChance gives them the opportunity to play the game that I love.”
Thanks to funding through Sport England, StreetChance is giving hundreds of young adults in socially deprived inner city communities where cricket is less accessible the opportunity to enjoy free cricket sessions. Sessions attract many young adults that are not involved with traditional cricket clubs and, of the eight teams competing in the finals, nearly two-thirds (62%) are not cricket club members.
The initiative is an extension of StreetChance, supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports. Teams play a fast-paced version of the game which uses a tapeball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – where innings lasts for 20 balls and games for 20 minutes. The games take place often in hard courts and community centres in urban areas, rather than on leafy traditional grass pitches.
National Young Adults Final:
Winners: Twinny, Manchester
Runners up: East Side, Middlesex
Third place: Nechells, Birmingham
Star Moment: Chris, UK City of Culture, Hull
Batting Award: Mittu, East Side, Middlesex
Bowling Award: Amir, Twinny, Manchester