December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Cricket squads land county titles
With Shenfield High School’s under-17 boys claiming their respective county title against Saffron Walden, the under-15 and under-13 girls looked to match the feat as they too faced Saffron Walden in finals.
The under-15s played at Saffron Walden CC and went into the game as favourites having beaten their opposition on the way to claiming the indoor title in March. Shenfield skipper Mady Villiers had scored 106 not out in the semi-final off of just 63 balls to book Shenfield’s place in the final, but having won the toss she took the wise decision to bowl first on a damp pitch.
The 13-year-year old Poppy Timson opened the bowling and took three wickets for just four runs in a superb spell, before Georgina Lewis (3-12) came into the attack to help restrict the hosts to 68-6 from their 20 overs.
It was never going to be enough while Villiers was at the crease and she dispatched her first ball for four and went on to score 30 not out from 28 balls.
Anna Wood (13) gave good support as Shenfield reached their target with nine overs and seven wickets to spare.
The under-13s completed a hat-trick back on home turf, after being asked to bat first.
Shannon Drewe and Ellen Hoad did a fantastic job at the top of the innings, sharing 40 runs before Drewe was dismissed for 17.
Timson made an unbeaten 21 from just 20 balls to help Shenfield to a competitive total of 97-5 from their 20 overs but Walden were above the run rate after four overs.
After a heavy shower Shenfield’s bowlers were struggling to deal with the conditions but Timson came to the rescue with a devastating spell to take three key wickets.
Hoad, Sadie Kirrane, Tonie Abbott, Adele Knapp and Sophie Clarke also had success as Imogen Southcott held on to two good catches in a 24-run win.
To cap a memorable day Shenfield had their trophy presented to them by England star Lydia Greenway.
Team coach and Cricket Academy director Richard Abson-Bennett said: “It has been a great week for Shenfield cricket. Having reached seven county semi-finals and won three county titles it has been a memorable cricket season for the school.
“The hard work that the players have put in over several months has really paid dividends and they deserve all the recognition for these significant achievements.”
Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.