Shenfield High School

U’15 Girls Cricket National Finals 2015

Versus Moreton Hall

Played at Cumnor Cricket Club, Oxfordshire on Monday 7th September 2015

 

The U’15 girls Cricket team put in a fantastic performance in their National Cup Semi-Final against Moreton Hall. Having beaten four private schools including St Josephs and Felsted they made the trip over to the picturesque Cumnor CC for the second year running. Captain Poppy Timson lost the toss and Shenfield were asked to field. Poppy and Ellen started with the ball and despite some excellent striking by the openers Ellens 3 early breakthroughs gave her side the edge. That took her tally to 10 wickets for the competition, a fantastic effort for a girl that doesn’t play Cricket outside of school! At 34-4 Shenfield were one wicket away from total command, however Moreton’s England player Millie Home was in great touch. Some lusty late hitting and unusually wayward bowling meant that Moreton finished on 122-7 in their 20 overs.

The girls’ response was excellent with year 7 superstar Erica Hobson and regular opener Shannan Drewe looking comfortable whilst ticking the score over. At 31-0 after 5.4 overs the chase was well set up and things continued to look promising as the girls forged important partnerships. Captain Timson came to the crease and put on 43 with Maizi Garwood and they batted superbly, mixing sharp running with some strong hitting to the boundary. When Garwood fell with the score at 89 she left her side with a run a ball to gain a well-deserved victory and a place in the National Final. However some tight bowling and excellent fielding meant that the dangerous Timson stayed off strike and eventually this was to prove costly. Despite the best effort of those that went in to score quickly the girls finished an agonising 3 runs short, with Poppy left stranded on 37 off 30 balls. Overall I can honestly say we had the better side with more strength in depth. However Moreton’s England player made the difference and we were made to rue the late wayward bowling. Nevertheless another 3rd place finish meant that we were again amongst the elite schools for girls Cricket and of course, the only state school to offer such a successful programme. 

 

 

U’15 Girls Cricket Chance to Shine National Finals –

Versus South Dartmoor

Played at Edgbaston Training Ground, Birmingham on Thursday 10th September 2015

 

The same group of girls took another long trip for their 2nd National Final in 3 days, this time in Birmingham. Having battled through the very tough regional finals the girls were looking to make school history by retaining the National title they won last year. On arrival the girls were presented with their kit for the day and again it looked incredibly smart! We had a first look at the draw and it hadn’t been kind, South Dartmoor who were also in the T20 National Final on Monday were our opponents. The first Semi-Final got underway and it was clear that whoever won our game, would be clear favourites for the Final! Captain Timson lost the toss and we were asked to field, a decision that we would have made also. Dartmoor got off to a fast start with some clean hitting and excellent running; they were a serious side made up of mainly County players. As everyone had to bowl it was really going to be a team effort should we be victorious and not one girl let their side down. Sophie Clark, the heroin of last year made the breakthrough in the most spectacular fashion. The ball itself was average and pitched half way down the wicket, the catch to dismiss the opener was nothing short of miraculous! Shannan Drewe fielding at deep mid-on sprinted round to take a one handed worldy at cow corner. She somehow managed to hold on and stay within the boundary rope (just) as her momentum took her towards it. England womens captain Charlotte Edwards who chose to sit with our team was yards from the catch and she could not believe what she had seen! This gave our girls some real momentum and at the end of the allotted 7 overs and after some great bowling and fielding, Dartmoor finished on 66-5. A new opening partnership of Drewe and Timson got their team off to a solid start and after 4 overs it couldn’t have been closer. With nearly 11 an over needed Erica Hobson who is 3 years younger than the oldest in the team, smashed an unbeaten 20 that included 3 fours and a maximum. Going into the last over we needed an unlikely 15 however a no ball boundary left the equation at 9 off 6 and it was getting too tense. If Erica had not had to retire after that first ball of the over I have no doubt that we would have won the game and probably won the title again. As it was a new batsmen had come in against a girl bowling quality left arm off spin. This same girl had reduced Brighton College (back to back National Cup winners) to 25-4 in the finals on Monday. Eventually we fell just 4 runs short and it was heart breaking, we were so close. The girls could be immensely proud of their efforts this week and for a side that has only 2 county players (one of which is 3 years younger) it is amazing how they reached this far two years in a row.

 

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