Shenfield High School

Shenfield School Girls Enjoy Essex Cricket Double

 Shenfield’s U-13 and U-15 girls both qualified for the Essex Indoor cricket finals at the county ground’s indoor school having comprehensively won their respective groups in January.

 The U-13 squad defeated Harwich School in their semi-final. Toni Abbot scored 14 at the top of the innings before Poppy Timson smashed 20 not out including 2 sixes to help Shenfield to 75 after the 8 over innings. Harwich were reduced to 43 for 6 at the end of their innings with Timson, Abbott and Adelle Knapp claiming 2 wickets a piece. They met Hall Mead School in the final where Shenfield were asked to bat first. Toni Abbott was run out in the first over and when Poppy Timson was bowled for 9, Shenfield were struggling on 20 for 3 after 4 overs of the 12 over final. Captain Becky Lawless rebuilt the Shenfield innings with 15 not out with Tayla Beard scoring a steady 14. Abbie Rawlins accelerated the run rate with an excellent knock of 15 from just 8 balls to help Shenfield to 81.

Hall Mead’s Essex opening batter who looked so impressive in their semi-final was dismissed by Poppy Timson when Carly Abbott took an excellent catch from the second ball of the innings. Lawless and Toni Abbott followed up with tight overs before Adelle Knapp took a wicket with her first ball. Knapp went on to bowl 3 tight overs and Timson finished her spell with only 3 runs coming from the final over, leaving Hall Mead 17 runs short of the target set. The SHS girls were presented with the trophy by England Womens cricketer Lydia Greenway. Shenfield will now represent Essex in the South-East England regional finals after Easter, where the winners will have the opportunity to play in the National final at Lord’s, the home of cricket.

The U-15 Shenfield girls sought to match the U-13 girls achievements 2 days later. Shenfield met last years winners, Honywood, in the semi-final. Katy Pounder top scored for Shenfield with 19 not out. She was ably supported by Mady Villiers  who made 16 as SHS finished with 72 from their 8 overs. In reply Honeywood struggled to maintain any momentum as captain Lucy Lawless and Abbie Wallis inspired Shenfield to an excellent win with some excellent bowling by each claiming 2 wickets as Honeywood finished on 59-6.

 

They met St Martins in the final and lost early wickets through some good St Martin's catching and poor running between the wickets. At 16 for 4 Shenfield were struggling before Abbie Wallis came in to accelerate the run rate with Rianna Griffin supporting with 11. Wallis finished on 26 not out as she played several sublime cover drives. This meant  Shenfield reached 82 in the 12 overs. Despite the competitive total SHS knew their fielding performance would need to better than in the semi's against a confident St Martin's side. Things started well  as Lawless took 2 wickets for zero runs in 2 overs with Villiers also claiming an early wicket for few runs. Autumn Rose was sharp behind the stumps with a stumping from Pounder and also  through teaming up with Anna Wood and Carly Abbot in 2 of the 3 runouts as St Martins' running between the wickets began to faulter under pressure. St Martins were reeling at 10-6  before finally being  bowled out for just 21 as Shenfield claimed their second Essex indoor cricket title of the week. With the U-13 boys in the final of the only other indoor Essex cricket competition after Easter, Shenfield will seek to make it a hat-trick and a clean sweep of titles.

The girls will now represent the county as they play in the regional finals with the ultimate prize of a trip to Lords for the national finals well with in reach.

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