Wandsworth cricket club tree fall boys named

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Media captionTwo children are in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a falling tree in south west London

Three nine-year-old boys who were injured by a falling tree on a cricket field in London have been named.

Spencer Cricket Club said the boys hurt at Earlsfield on Saturday afternoon were Lewis Gaston, Aidan Oakley and George Roberts.

Lewis and George, who suffered serious head injuries, remain in hospital under close observation while Aidan, who had an injury to the leg, was discharged.

The children were waiting for a turn to play when the tree fell, police said.

The boys were participating in a Surrey Inner London under-nines District training session when the tree fell, Surrey County Cricket Club said.

The three injured boys were waiting at the practice nets on one side of the ground when they were struck and trapped under the tree.

Spencer club's senior team was also playing a match against Cheam on the ground.

Flintoff message

The club, which has suspended all cricket matches until further notice, also thanked the people who responded soon after the "terrible accident".

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

Image caption The tree fell on the nine-year-old boys as they waited in the practice net area

"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."

In a statement, Surrey County Cricket Club said: "The boys - Aidan Oakley, Lewis Gaston and George Roberts - were all taking part in a Surrey Inner London U9s District training session and were waiting for a turn to bowl in the nets when the accident took place."

Richard Gould, chief executive of the club, said: "Everybody at Surrey CCC wishes the boys a speedy and full recovery.

"We are all a part of the Surrey family and I can speak for everybody when I say we hope they will be able to continue representing and supporting the club in the future."

Following the news of the accident, former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff wished the boys well on Twitter.

Wandsworth Council said Saturday was a windy day, strong enough to topple a healthy tree.

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