Three boys hurt by falling tree at Spencer cricket club in Earlsfield

10:57 17 June 2012

The tree which landed on the three boys at Earlsfield remained on the ground after the accident. Photo: David Mercer/PA Wire

The tree which landed on the three boys at Earlsfield remained on the ground after the accident. Photo: David Mercer/PA Wire

Two nine-year-old boys suffered serious head injuries, and a third was taken to hospital, when a tree fell on them at a cricket pitch in south-west London.

The boys had been waiting to use practice nets at The Spencer Club in Earlsfield when the tree crashed down.

The boys, one of whom suffered leg injuries, were rushed to hospital.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon after strong winds buffeted parts of south London.

A statement from The Spencer Club said the boys’ conditions were being assessed and: “Naturally, the club’s thoughts are with those young ones and their families.

“As soon as we have had word from the hospital and the parents we shall be issuing another statement. In the meantime, all cricket at the ground has been suspended.”

The uprooted tree remained lying across the cricket pitch last night.

Monique Wilkinson, 33, was holding a birthday party for her three-year-old daughter at her home when she heard the tree fall.

She said: “We could see the kids stuck under the tree and there were a lot of people around. It’s terrible. These kids play on the field every weekend.

“The air ambulance landed in the field across the road from us and there were four or five ambulances in total. The emergency services seemed to have everything under control.

“Another tree came down on this road earlier in the day which shows how bad the winds were.”

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