Shenfield High School

Huge congratulations to Tom Ballington for receiving the U15 Essex CCC Player of the Season Award this week. Tom received the award from Aaron Nijjar who himself has enjoyed an excellent season for Essex CCC. Having confirmed a place in the Essex team at the start of the season Tom was initially used as an off-spin bowler and batted at 9. Gradually he showed his worth with the bat and earned the All-Rounder of the 12 counties tournament in August taking crucial wickets and leading the run scoring for Essex. In the National Cup quarter-final he produced arguably his best ever performance, helping Essex out of trouble at 54-4 , Tom scored 104* to get Essex to a total of 278.  Tom also took key wickets in the game to help see them through to the National Semi-Final. Ex-England Captain Keith Fletcher has been very impressed with his progress and is hopeful that Tom has a bright future in the game. Added to this Tom also earned a place in the Shenfield CC men's 1st XI where he helped the team to promotion back to the Essex Premier League where many professional cricketers ply their trade. Mr Sapsford remarked,"Tom really has had a superb cricket season. He has played with real confidence and belies his age with the level of his skills in all 3 areas of the game. Tom has played a key role in the school's cricket academy squad this year and we are very excited about what the future holds for Tom and his cricket."

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