Shenfield High School

Shenfield Cricket Academy have kicked off their 2016 season with a possible three victories from their 3 fixtures. The first fixture saw a mixed 1st and 2ndX1 comfortably beat Sir George Monoux by 158 runs. Having won the toss Shenfield batted first making 210-6 in their 20 overs. The innings belonged to Louis Pickering who blasted an unbeaten 83* and included 3 fours and 7 sixes. He was well supported by Smith (17), Mann (18), Kullar (17) and Geddis (16). 

The Monoux reply never really got going and they ended 52ao. Some impressive figures recorded by Billings (3-8), Duke (2-4), Campbell (2-9) and Burkert (2-4). A very tidy performance in what was their first game, the fielding was good and particular Lewis Southcott kept very well. 

MOM - Louis Pickering

The second game saw a slightly greater emphasis on the game as it was the National Cup first round. In what seems like an annual fixture, we entertained Robert Clack from Dagenham. In freezing conditions Shenfield were asked to bat again, against a very young and inexperienced Clack bowling side. The batsmen put in a solid performance, finishing on 185-6. There were contributions throughout the order, Ballington (42), Scarlioli (23), Pickering (20), Kullar (23) and Lewis Southcott 47 off just 22 balls!

Again the reply never got going with Robert Clack finishing on 77-7 after their 20 overs. All bowlers performed well in particular Bell (2-13), Duke (2-3) and Burkert (3-3).

MOM - Lewis Southcott 

The third game in less than a week saw us travel to the delightful surroundings of Bancrofts School. After a convincing win last year, i am sure the home side were out for revenge. Skipper Billings lost the toss and was inserted on a green top, the outfield was long with 140 looking a very good score. Shenfield got off to the worst possible start losing Kullar and Mann without a run on the board. Scarlioli (33) and Ballington (18) rebuilt the innings both batting well, ticking the scoreboard along. They put on 43 before Ballington perished trying to up the run rate. This bought the inform Pickering to the wicket and he batted beautifully scoring 42 off 28. Matt Smith struggled for timing but his 13* got his side to a competitive 121- 6.

Knowing that a tight start was needed, both openers bowled a good line and lenght, making it difficult for the batsmen. Bell in particular settled in well, claiming 2-10 from his four overs, including a beautiful outswinger to remove the opener. Captain Billings introduced himself and Duke into the attack and both bowled with immaculate control to stem the scoring rate. Despite their excellent line and length neither batsmen chose to put them under pressure as they simply accumulated dot balls. By the time they had finished the rate required was above 11 having started at a run a ball. 

Ballington bowled a few loopy overs and Smith finished his alloted four, despite being expensive. Bancrofts finished well short on 96-3 with the third wicket falling on the last ball of the innings. A great fielding performance by all and in particular Geddis and Southcott with some excellent grabs. Great preparation for Felsted on Sunday. 

MOM - Louis Pickering