School Sport: Shenfield High girls are Essex Indoor champions
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 April 2018
Shenfield High’s under-15 girls won the Essex Indoor title with a convincing win over defending champions Felsted.
Having won all three group games, they faced improving Bower Park in the semi-finals and good fielding, with two smart stumpings by captain Erica Hobson, held their rivals to 64-7 in seven overs.
Lydia Borbas hit some impressive shots in reply before retiring, with Deniz Soyer and Sophie McGrath batting intelligently to take them close to their target.
Molly Morgan and Amy Williams sealed Shenfield’s win with 10 balls left and they were put into bat by Felsted in the final, having lost to them by one run last year.
Borbas started aggressively, hitting two fours and an impressive six to retire after five balls, and Hobson continued the attack, retiring on 15 not out from six balls.
McGrath and Soyer again worked well as a pair to help maintain an excellent run rate before both were run out for 10 runs.
The rest of the Shenfield team continued the aggressive approach but lost wickets regularly and, with three of the eight overs left Borbas and Hobson came back.
Borbas was out to leave Hobson to face the last nine balls and she attacked to hit four more sixes and two fours for an excellent half-century to lift Shenfield’s total to 115.
Soyer bowled the Felsted captain first ball in reply, but they had a good scoring rate in the first four overs.
Shenfield took regular wickets, though, to eventually dismiss Felsted for 54 and last year’s national softball champions go to the regional finals of the Lady Taverner’s sponsored competition confident of reaching another national final.
Team coach Garry Sapsford said: “This group of girls are a real pleasure to work with. They listen and apply advice given so well, demonstrating some brilliant skills in every game to win this title.
“We are all looking forward to the regional finals and will be practicing hard to give ourselves every chance.
“We’re likely to be the only state school at regional finals but it is always nice to show that state school cricketers can compete with the most well-resourced independent schools.”