Shenfield High School

 

In winning the U19 Essex cricket title last Wednesday Shenfield High School completed the treble of football, basketball and cricket 1st team /U19 county cups in the same season, for the 2nd season in a row! Shenfield met Newham College in the Essex cricket final at Shenfield CC. Shenfield won the toss and elected to bat first with Greg Larkin and Jack Potticary putting on a strong partnership of 45 when Potticary was adjudged to be LBW for 21 off of 17 balls. New batsmen came and went as Newham bowled tightly and defended boundaries to keep the run rate down. Larkin held Shenfield's innings together until he was bowled by the impressive Zeeshan for 47. Alex Rickenbach scored a quick fire 28 at the end of the innings but Shenfield were bowled out for 135 after 23.3 of the 25 over innings. Though the wicket was staying low on a well used pitch this total was under par and Shenfield would need to bowl and field well to defend this score and claim the title they won last season. Newham started positively and were on 32 for no wicket after just 4 overs before Haris Mahmood claimed the opening wicket. Rickenbach came on and bowled tightly before removing the other dangerous opener with a sharp caught and bowled. The Newham innings faltered just as Shenfield's had. Skipper George Pratt brought himself into the attack and he bowled superbly  for a spell of 5 overs for just 13 runs and took 2 key wickets. However with runs still coming off of the seamers, Newham required just 27 from the last 5 overs with 4 wickets in hand. Rickenbach's second spell was also tight and when Marc Carter produced some excellent fielding to run out the Newham number 6 for 29 this meant Newham would need 8 from the last over to win with just 1 wicket remaining. Ashley Parmenter took the ball and bowled an excellent over. With a 6 required off of the last ball to win Haris Mahmood took the catch in the outfield to seal the win and spark the celebrations. For many of the boys it was there last fixture in a Shenfield shirt. Captain George Pratt remarked, "To end a superb 7 years with this win and complete the county cup treble is perfect. We have loved our time at Shenfield and the memories we have, especially from sport will last us forever."

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