The London Ambulance Service has tweeted that members of its hazardous area response team remain on standby at The Shard. They were reportedly called to the protest at 4.40am this morning.
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.
– A statement from Spencer Cricket Club
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.
The three nine-year-old cricketers, Lewis Gaston, Aidan Oakley and George Robert, who were hurt when a tree fell at Spencer Cricket Club, sustained their injuries as they waited to use practice nets.
Aidan has been discharged from hospital while Lewis and George remain under close observation, the club said.
Three nine-year-old boys who were injured when a tree fell at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south west London on Saturday 16th June, have been named by the club as Lewis Gaston, Aidan Oakley and George Roberts.
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. A third boy received leg injuries and is also being treated in hospital.
The uprooted tree remained lying across the cricket pitch this evening.
An eyewitness heard the tree fall that hospitalised three nine-year-old boys today. Monique Wilkinson, 33, was staging a birthday party for her three-year-old daughter at the time.
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.
All cricket has been suspended at the sports club where two nine-year-old boys were left with serious head injuries when a tree fell on them as they waited to practice.
Another nine-year-old boy suffered leg injuries when the tree fell as they waited to use the practice nets at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south west London. A statement from the club said:
The Spencer Club confirms that an accident took place at the club this afternoon.A tree was blown down and three young cricketers were injured and taken to hospital.
Their condition is currently being assessed. 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.
Charlie Masson-Smith, from Wandsworth Council, said the wind was very strong today and could have knocked down a healthy tree, leading to the 'terrible accident' that has injured 3 9-year-old boys.
– Charlie Masson-Smith, Wandsworth Council
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 today 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.
Two nine-year-old boys have suffered serious head injuries and a third suffered leg injuries after a tree fell at Spencer Cricket Ground in Fieldview, Earlsfield, south London, the London Ambulance Service said.
The boys were waiting for a turn in the cricket nets when the accident happened, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
The spokesman said: "We were alerted by the ambulance service at 16.04 that a tree had fallen on children at Spencer cricket ground.
"The boys were waiting for a turn in the nets when the tree fell.
"Three boys were taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting. Two had injuries and were in a serious condition. The third had leg injuries and was described as walking wounded.
"Wandsworth Council has been informed and attended."