Shenfield High School

Shenfield moved into the 3rd round of the Schools Sport National Cup for the 4th consecutive year. They hosted a strong but youthful St Jospehs college, Ipswich played on the back field due to the inclement conditions. 

With a depleted side stand in skipper Tom Ballington won the toss and elected to bowl. Knowing a strong start was imperative Timson, playing her first Academy game bowled beautifully. Together with Maclean they kept it tight and picked up a wicket apiece. Poppy's line and length was exceptional and without a simple drop at mid off would have claimed 2-16 off her 4 overs. 

With the majority of St Jo's strength their top order, Southcotts interventions were even more imperative. He picked and threw down the stumps at the bowlers end, removing the dangerous Martson. He then ran 40 yards to pluck a worldy at fine leg, a top edge saw the ball travel miles in the air with a nervous looking Timson underneath it. Southcott made excellent ground and took a ful length diving catch to remove the set batsmen. Burkert, Ballington both bowled well picking up 3 wickets apiece through the middle overs. Kullar and Parry who is still only year 9 bowled the remaining 3 overs and bough the innings to a close on 93. This was an excellent performance considering 4 of the starting X1 were missing. Harry Austin who is joining the Academy next year fielded particularly well, throwing himself around to ensure no extra runs were given away. 

If the game was to be won, then the runs would have to come from the top 5 with very little experience any lower than that. Eventually it did, but not without concern, with Southcott batting beautifully for his match winning 44*. He was ably supported by Austin (14*) who together saw their team home. If the team are to progress further against tougher opposition then the top order batsmen will have to make much better decisions than they did today. 

The draw is yet to take place and Barking Abbey have conceded their first round Essex Cup game today. 

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