Shenfield High School

Shenfield 1st X1 put in a magnificent alround display to become Champions of St Albans after 5 years of competing! With possibly the strongest side we have taken over to the inaugural competition the boys swept aside St Albans 2ndX1, Bedford Modern and St Albans 1st X1 in the final. The only blemish was a close loss to Reigate in the first game of the morning which only served a reminder of the stiff competition.

After going through with a run rate of over 12rpo the boys faced the unbeaten hosts St Albans in the final. Shenfield lost the toss for the fourth time in 4 games and were generously asked to have a bat. The in form Potticary began sedately for his standards mixing smart Cricket with some humongous sixes that landed in the neighbouring field! After he fell for 39 off 27 wickets began to tumble and the run rate stemmed with a competitive total in the balance. Tom Ballington showed his class with a beatifully constructed 28 at over a run a ball to give his side the slight upper hand. Together with Hickey they put on 46 in less than a run a ball and after some late order hitting and smart running between the wickets.

After setting 142 the boys knew that only their A game would win them the title for the first time. The innings got off to the perfect start with Dave Hickey running their in form opener out for 0 after trying to steal a quick one. Smith then snicked off their number 3 with an absolute beauty and their two best batsmen were back in the hutch with only 3 on the board. The opening pair continued to bowl beautifully ans they were backed up by some outstanding fielding. The powerplay came and went with the hosts 31-4 and the total of 142 looked along way away. The highly impressive Duke who bowled with amazing control throughout the whole tournament picked up further scalps, finishing with 4-0-10-2!

Billings came on the other end and bowled with equal control with the batsmen going hard to try and hit boundaries. Pickering bowled excellent areas from the other end together with smart field placings and superb standards the run rate never got above 5 an over. The bowling and fielding performance was nothing short of outstanding and wouldn't have looked out of place for a county X1.

The final over was bowled and Shenfield claimed their first tournament victory in 5 years of the competition. The standard of competition was extremely high with some excellent cricket on show. Shenfield had beaten 7 other private schools to the trophy after finishing 4th last year, losing to the same team in the 3rd/4th play off.