Shenfield High School

The annual Cricket Academy Tour to Eastbourne was a hugely valuable experience for the young squad.

We started the tour with a game against Shenfield CC and pushed them Very close after an excellent partnership between Greaves and Carter who both notched their debut half centuries for the SCA.
We then made our way to Eastbourne and on Monday played the university of Brighton 1st team at the impressive Mayfield CC. After a quick start the Brighton team were pegged back by an inspired spell of off-spin bowling from Tom Ballington who took the wickets of Brighton's top 4 batters for just 29 runs from his 8 overs. Matt Billings supported Tom with a tidy spell and 1 wicket before Matt Smith came on at the end to take 4 wickets for 40. Shenfield had to chase 216 for victory in 40 overs.


Ash Parmenter batted superbly to score his debut century for the academy but lost partners at regular intervals. The run rate had reached 9 an over shortly after Ashley made his century and in looking to hit further boundaries he was then caught for 102. Matt Smith hit some impressive boundaries to give Shenfield a sniff of victory but he could not get on strike enough as the Shenfield tail struggled with the opening bowlers leaving Shenfield 12 runs short of the target. The squad were up beat about this performance against a strong team of experienced cricketers and took confidence going into the final game at Eastbourne College.

The morning started off with the Academy making use of the excellent facilities on offer at the David Lloyd. After a solid workout and some much needed calorie intake, the squad made their way up to the University of Brighton. Their personalised tour was led by Jon Binney and it was a superb experience for the boys. They gained a flavour of what University life could be like as well as gaining a valuable insight into the academic and practical based subjects. Many of the group walked away enthused and inquisitive, asking pertinent questions about how possible pathways and the benefits of further education. The 2 hours finished with a practical lesson based around the alternative curriculum module run by Jon himself. The 45 minute practical session introduced a new skill to the group and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  

Having lost another toss Shenfield were asked to bowl again and after a good start concentration slipped and mistakes occurred in the field too regularly in the last 10 overs. Shenfield had to chase 210 in 30 overs and lost centurion Parmenter for 0 after 3 balls. Only Tom Ballington stuck around against a very impressive bowling attack before he was dismissed for 22. Shenfield were bowled out for 55 as the tail collapsed. Although this was a disappointing performance on which to end the tour their was a lot the players can take from a game against a well prepared and talented squad. Their overseas player made a real impact with bat and ball and with the resources like this at their disposal it is not easy to beat such Independent Schools. As ever we will learn a lot from the experiences as a squad and as individuals to take into our competitive season.  Thanks to Mr Bennett for organising an excellent trip, to the University of Brighton for their tour of the Eastbourne campus, the David Lloyd Centre for their great hospitality and the squad for their excellent conduct on and off the cricket field.