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A scheme to encourage children to play tapeball cricket - a speedier version of the game that uses a safer ball - was launched at Lister Community School in Newham in December.

The game uses a ball covered in tape, which behaves like a cricket ball, but with far less risk to people and property.

The rules, including the fact that players have to run after every hit or attempt, allow players to bowl and field more than in the traditional game.

The London Community Cricket Association and Newham Council plan to extend the scheme throughout the borough this year, including introducing it in schools.

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