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.”

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