Shenfield High School

Shenfield U’17s claimed their first Essex Cup in 3 years with a comprehensive performance on finals day. After last year’s debacle, both the semi and final were played on one day, with Brentwood School the hosts. The draw was completed in the morning with Shenfield playing St Thomas More on the back pitch. After a deluge of rain the pitch was understandably wet, meaning the toss could be important. St Thomas More won the toss and asked us to have a bat. Geddis was promoted back to the top of the order after his hard work and effort in training. His partner was the inform Kullar who was striking the ball beautifully in training. The boys got off to a great start before Geddis was deceived by a slower ball. Kullar was joined by the inform Pickering and boy did his form continue!! He blasted the ball to all parts and bought up his century with 3 consecutive sixes, before holing out for 101 off 51 balls. It was a brutal display of hitting with 8 sixes and 7 fours taking his side to a formidable 196-4. In reply Thomas More never really got going and were dismissed for under 100 meaning a thumping win and a place against KEGS in the final. 

In the final Shenfield won the toss and elected to bat on a damp pitch and with a big outfield 120 would be a competitive score. We went 20 runs better than that thanks to Pickering who continued his unbelievable form scoring 58 of 46 balls. Ballington and Geddis ran well on a big outifeld, meaning we were probably 20 above par with our strongest suit to come. All of the bowlers found their line and length from the off, as Bell removed Phillips with one that swung trapping him LBW. Pickering proved impossible to get away as both spinners Duke and Ballington proved hard to get away. KEGS eventually finished on 79-9 meaning a comprehensive 62 run victory and a first U'17 title in a couple of years.