Shenfield High School


Shenfield Cricket



Shenfield High School forged a formal partnership with Shenfield Cricket Club in 2003. This partnership has seen as share facilities, we use their ground they use ours for colts games. They use our nets once a week etc. We also encourage young players who are not at clubs to join local clubs to their area. Our head of Cricket coaches at Shenfield CC and also leads the girls coaching programme at Cricket at Hutton CC. 

Since 2004 Shenfield High School have won 30 County Cricket Titles in boys and girls indoor and outdoor cricket. We have won 1 South-East England Indoor title and made the ¼ final of National cricket competitions on 3 occasions (Twice at U-17 level in 2010 and 1011, once at U-18 20/20 level in 2006). In 2013 the U'13 girls won the Chance to Shine National Final, they lost last year in the semi Final and were runners up in the regional finals for both age groups this year.

In the current season (2016) the U'17 boys beat Bedford School by 4 runs to set up a Semi-Final with Millfield on Friday 2nd September. 

We are current holders of the County U-19 title and girls U'13 & U-15 titles. In 2011 Matt Salisbury was M.O.M for Shenfield in the U-19 final. He has gone on to represent Cambridge University and took 14 first class wickets for Essex in 2012. Matt was given a huge amount of cricket opportunity at Shenfield and he was picked up by Essex at U-14 level having missed out at younger age groups.




Matt was a key member member of the squad that we took to Barbados as the first ever state school to play in Sir Gary Sobers International Cricket tournament. Indeed Matt was very successful on the tour and was selected to play in the tournaments all-star game as one of the best performers from the 16 teams from all over the world at the tournament. We would like to encourage talented cricketers to look at further cricketing opportunities at university such as the MCC programme which we helped Matt apply for. We have also taken teams to St Joseph’s Schools 20/20 cricket festival for the last 3 years and are attending St Albans School’s two day 20/20 tournament to defend our 2015 title.


The Academy

Given our commitment to cricket at the school and the success of our Football Academy in driving higher standards of sporting and educational provision we are to start a Cricket Academy at the school which officially begins in September 2013. From September 2013 we will provide all year cricket coaching and playing opportunities with weekly technique and fitness sessions for approximately 12 talented U-18 cricket players at the school.

We will of course also provide our usual commitment to a full programme of competitive fixtures which will start after Easter 2013. We have been working with Essex CCC who have endorsed our Academy and are excited by the opportunity it provides to develop talented cricketers, some of whom will be involved with Essex CCC’s youth teams.  The partnership with Essex CCC will be based on the successful model our Football Academy has with Colchester United FC.

We will mentor players and support them with both their academic and cricket needs. We will support them through their application for University or with future career and cricket plans. We have several contacts in Australia, for example, if players wished to pursue an opportunity to play cricket abroad for a period after leaving Shenfield. The Cricket Academy students will also enjoy an overseas cricket tour every second year and students will be expected to support fundraising ventures towards these tours. The Cricket Academy head coach Richard Abson-Bennett is a Level 2 ECB coach and is himself a 1st XI player for Shenfield CC in the Essex Shepherd Neame Premier League.

Students on the academy programme can take an academic pathway that includes 3 or 4 A levels or a BTEC route such as the Level 3 BTEC Sport course which is equivalent to 3 A levels. A level PE and BTEC Sports courses are both especially popular courses and have been very successful in terms of student’s academic achievements in recent years. We would also encourage students to develop their leadership skills by taking the Level 2 Sports Leadership course and we actively encourage students to support with the coaching of younger cricketers in the school.

Players wishing to apply for a place on the academy should e-mail with their cricket experience and the reasons why they wish to join the cricket academy. They should also indicate their preferred academic options. We will then be in touch about the trial date and interview.