Shenfield High School

England Cricket players visit Shenfield High School



Shenfield High School welcomed yet more stars into their school today, with England women cricketers Beth Morgan and Susie Rowe paying a visit. After previous guests this year that include; British Long Jump Champion JJ Jegede and Britain’s fastest ever women sprinter, Montell Douglas.

Today’s visit was on the back of some phenomenal performances this summer and to help inspire the girls further. All Shenfield girls teams are unbeaten in hard ball cricket this year, the year 10 ‘s are the second best indoor team in the country, with the U’13’s into the regional round of ‘chance to shine competition’.

Shenfield Cricket has never been so successful and this is only the beginning of what’s to come. In September the Cricket Academy opens alongside the incredibly successful Football Academy that boasts over 50 of the Counties best footballers. Over £10,000 of investment has gone into the Cricket Academy including new indoor nets, bowling machine and I pad for video feedback and in depth statistical analysis.

Today’s guests, the first of which Beth Morgan has played 7 test matches, 72 One day internationals and 28 T20 internationals. She has won the world cup in Australia which she mentioned as one of her career highlights. The second Susie Rowe is new to the England set up and has played 1 one day international and 20 T20s.

The girls arrived at 9am with the 22 girls from years 7-10 eagerly awaiting their arrival. The first half of the morning was based around fielding skills with different stations to work on. The second half focused on Batting and Bowling Skills, throughout the morning both players showed their skills through excellent demonstrations, with Susie in particular hitting an immaculate straight drive!

Throughout the morning the Shenfield girls impressed in all facets of their game and it was clear to see just how much time had been invested in them. The girls throwing, catching and ground fielding skills were exceptional and this let to glowing feedback by each of the coaches. This trend continued with the batting and bowling drills, in which, especially Essex player Mady Villers and the year 7 girls impressing.

The morning finished with a Q&A and this provided a rare chance to ask someone at the top of their sport a question in such close vicinity. Their responses were natural and honest and both came across as excellent role models, with Beth at the end of her career and Susie just starting it. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their morning and this is something they won’t forget, let’s hope their fantastic run keeps going and this pushes them onto further success.

I would like to thank Dave Letch of Essex CC and the girls for coming in to provide such a fantastic opportunity for the girls. Both Susie and Beth finished by telling the girls that they were amongst some of the most talented they have worked with, congratulations to the girls and the highly talented PE department.

Mr Abson-Bennett