Teenagers who took up cricket to get them off the streets have won a competition. 

The Waltham Foresters beat teams from five other areas in the UK to lift the StreetChance trophy after beating Manchester in the final last Thursday.

The teenagers were congratulated by Warwickshire fast-bowler Boyd Rankin at the Cricket Foundation event in Birmingham.

Team coach, Donovan Miller said: "I’m really proud of my boys for doing so well. They gave each game their all and saw off some very tough competition. "This is the first time they’ve won, so as you can imagine, they’re over the moon. It’s a great way to finish the half-term."

Street cricket is designed for confined spaces and played using a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape.

StreetChance is promoting the sport as a way to break down barriers between police and young people by setting up games between them.

If anyone aged between eight and 15 would like to join the Waltham Foresters’ junior team they can attend training at 135 Wadham Road, Walthamstow.

To book please contact Mr Miller on 07931 132 165.