Shenfield High School

Matthew Makes Impact on Cambridge University Debut

Former Shenfield High School student Matthew Salisbury made his first-class cricket debut between March 31st - April 2nd as he represented Cambridge University Cricket Centre of Excellence against Essex County Cricekt Club at the famous Fenners Cricket Ground. Although Essex had the better of the game, former Mike Leary Trophy winner, Matthew was the pick of the Cambridge bowlers with figures of 16 overs 2 wickets for 104 runs and 14 overs 2 wickets for 54 runs in the first and second innings respectively.  Matthew had more to play for than most in this game as he also represents Essex CCC under 19's and even made his debut for the 2nd XI last summer.


Matthew left Shenfield High School last summer after 7 very successful years at the school. He was a very reliable and obviously talented sporting all-rounder who won 16 Essex County titles with the school in cricket, football and basketball during his time at the school (More than other student in the school's history). He also won 2 national basketball titles but it was cricket where his passion and talent really shone.


Matthew's school cricket team dominated the Essex school's cricket competitions, winning 7 titles in 7 years, this is a very rare feat for a state school and Matthew was a key part of the teams success. Only last summer he was man of the match in the U-19 Essex Schools final with 84 runs and 3 wickets. He was also a part of the school's touring team to Barbados for the Sir Garry sobers International tournament where he was selected for the all-star game as one of the best 11 players from the 16 competing teams from all over the World.