Cricket: Lord's plays host to first Street Child World Cup final
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2019
Lord's hosted its first international tournament in its biggest year of cricket as the Street Child World Cup final was played this week.
In the spring sunshine, eight teams turned out on the Main Ground to play for the title, with India South crowned champions in stunning fashion after beating England's total with three overs and five wickets in hand.
The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019, organised by Street Child United, saw teams from Bangladesh, India South, India North, Mauritius, Tanzania, Nepal, the West Indies and England come together in Cambridge at the weekend to play the group stages before heading to London for the final on Tuesday.
Street Child Young Leader Sam, 18, took part in last year's Street Child Football World Cup in Moscow before joining England for this year's event.
Thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a World Cup Final in her home city, she said: "The experience in Moscow changed my life. Hearing the stories of people like me in other countries really inspired me to do all I can to facilitate change.
"After Moscow I became a Young Leader for Centrepoint and to be part of the rest of Team England's first World Cup experience is amazing. They've been experiences that I'll treasure for the rest of my life."
Guy Lavender, chief executive & secretary of Marylebone Cricket Club, added: "This is a huge year of cricket for Marylebone Cricket Club with Lord's hosting a World Cup Final and an England v Australia Test Match.
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"Today has kicked off the summer with the first World Cup Final of the year - that of the inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup.
"It's been a hugely special day and the passion, sportsmanship and enthusiasm of all the young people taking part has been evident throughout. We're thrilled we have been able to open the doors of Lord's to this event and host a fantastic day of cricket and friendship."
John Wroe, CEO and co-founder of Street Child United, said: "The media and public reaction to this year's Street Child Cricket World Cup has shown that we have created a global platform for the street connected young people to be heard.
"We couldn't have done this without the help of the MCC's generous hospitality. All of us at Street Child are extremely thankful to all of those involved who made this remarkable day possible."
Ricky Reynolds, Head of Community at Marylebone Cricket Club, added: "It's been an incredible day here at Lord's for all involved with the inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup.
"We've been able to share every cricketer's dream of playing at Lord's with these talented and hugely enthusiastic street-connected children from all over the world.
"This has been our first World Cup Final of a fantastic summer of cricket and we hope all the players have had a day they will never forget."
As well as the matches taking place in front of a Pavilion crowd, young people from all over the world were able to address the Street Child General Assembly to call for a chance in the often-negative perceptions of street-connected children, calling for insurance of legal identity, protection from violence and access to education.