Finland girls triumph at MCC Spirit of Cricket day, and entertain the crowds at Lord's
Fri, Jul 11, 2008 4:03 PM
A young girls' team from Helsinki showed off its cricket skills to win an MCC Spirit of Cricket skills day at Catford Cypher Cricket Club on Thursday.
The girls, aged between 11 and 12 years old, beat-off five different South-London based schools to be crowned Champions.
Maija Scamans, the Finnish Cricket Association's (FCA) Development Officer, a teacher at the girls school Töölö ala-aste in Helsinki, and the lady responsible for organising the trip said, "The girls had a great day. Their strongest point was definitely their catching and it helped them to win the competition convincingly."
The day's "Best Catcher" was Emilie Perón, whose safe hands helped the girls to gain points over their opposition. The girls picked up a trophy and certificates at the end of the day to honor their success.
After the skills day the girls took on another girl's team from Lewisham in a pair's game of cricket. The Finnish girls made a total of 240 for eight wickets, but were unfortunately unable to keep up their winning ways as the English side knocked the total off losing only two wickets.
After the match Maija Scamans said "The girls played very well and their enthusiasm was very high. It was clear to see that the difference between the two teams in a match situation is the lack of game play experience that our girls have. This is why a trip like this is tremendous as it gives the girls great experience against players of a similar age and ability that we just cannot match in Finland."
Finnish girl Emilia Perón, the team's "Best Catcher" said "I really enjoyed the match; it was the best part of the day. Oh, and winning the Spirit of Cricket skills day - that was fun too!"
The following day the group travelled to the "Home of Cricket", Lord's Cricket Ground, to watch England take on the South Africans in the second day of the Test. During the lunch break the girls were due to take to the outfield to entertain the crowd with Kwik Cricket demonstration games.
The Great British weather did its best to spoil the day with a freak down-pour coming just five minutes before the girls were set to go on the pitch during Lunch, preventing them from taking to the out field. However, fortunately the clouds cleared in time for the Tea break and the girl's were able to show-off their skills to the Lord's crowd.
The girls' final day in London on Saturday will begin with a morning coaching session at Bromley Common Cricket Club after which the group will be left to explore the sights and sounds of London before making the trip back home to Helsinki on Sunday.
The entire trip stems from the continuation of an excellent partnership between the FCA and Teachsport, which to-date has been based on a coaching exchange programme. The Finnish National Team and the FCA junior programme has benefitted greatly from visits form Teachsport, and some of the younger Finnish coaches have had a chance to visit London and see the brilliant cooperation in work between schools and clubs through Teachsport - something that the FCA would like to emulate between its schools and clubs.
To help fund the trip Maija, the girls, and their parents (including seven who are accompanying the girls on the trip) organised fund-raising events some of which were attended by young players from the Finnish National Team to help raise cricket-awareness as well as funds. The FCA is also supporting the trip with some funding in the hope that this tour will help the junior game receive more well-deserved recognition in Finland.
For more information on cricket in Finland visit the FCA website at www.cricketfinland.com