Cricket club tree fall boys named - plus Andrew Flintoff and Piers Morgan send best wishes

16:35 17 June 2012

The scene at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south-west London where two nine-year-old boys were left with serious head injuries when the tree fell on them while they waited to use the practice nets. Photo: David Mercer/PA Wire

The scene at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south-west London where two nine-year-old boys were left with serious head injuries when the tree fell on them while they waited to use the practice nets. Photo: David Mercer/PA Wire

Three nine-year-old cricketers injured when a tree fell on them in strong winds in south-west London have been named.

They are Lewis Gaston, Aidan Oakley and George Roberts.

Two of the boys suffered serious head injuries the another suffered leg injuries when the tree fell at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield on Saturday as the boys waited to use practice nets.

Aidan has been discharged from hospital while Lewis and George are remaining under close observation, the club said.

A statement from the club said: “We understand that their condition is improving and we hope that they will continue to improve and make a full recovery.

“Our thoughts are with them both and their families. At this time, the club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to those people who responded so quickly to this terrible accident and who ensured that the injured boys would have the best chances of recovery.

“The coaches and parents who were at the training session who reacted so quickly to a very serious situation; the players and spectators from Cheam and Spencer cricket clubs who were playing at the ground at the time who were able to lift the tree and free the trapped boys; the doctor who was present at the ground who administered emergency care; and the police and ambulance services who arrived within minutes to take the children to hospital.

“We are extremely grateful to them all. The club would also like to thank all those people from around the world who have sent the boys their best wishes. We have been very moved by the messages of support from the wider cricket community, and are passing them on to the boys and their families.”

Cricketer Andrew Flintoff and TV host Piers Morgan were among those wishing the boys well on Twitter yesterday.

Morgan also revealed his sons had played at the Spencer Club.

Charlie Masson-Smith, from Wandsworth Council, said the wind was very strong and could have knocked down a healthy tree.

“This was at a private cricket club but from what we have been told there were a bunch of kids queueing up to go in the nets. All of a sudden this tree came down on them.

“The council does not have any role to play, it is a private tree on private land but it has been pretty windy in town and you can have a really healthy tree but if the wind catches in a particular way, a healthy tree can be blown over. It is a terrible accident.”

Latest Stories

41 minutes ago
James Dowson is a former BNP Party member and founder of Britain First [Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire]

The founder of a nationalist group that staged ‘Christian patrols’ on Brick Lane and invaded the East London Mosque has resigned and rejected his past behaviour.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:02
The chair appears to move of its own accord - or perhaps there is a ghostly explanation?

The spooky goings on apparently took place just hours after a psychic medium took to the stage in Romford. Coincidence? Almost certainly...

Read more
Yesterday, 14:28
People enjoy the Royal Victoria beach as temperatures reaches 28C in London.

This weekend saw London’s biggest manmade beach open at the Royal Victoria Dock in Canning Town.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more
How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more