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Shenfield High School seal historic victory against MCC

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 July 2018

Shenfield High School students pose for a team photo (Pic: Garry Sapsford)

Shenfield High School students pose for a team photo (Pic: Garry Sapsford)

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Shenfield High School secured a historic win over the Marylebone Cricket Club by one wicket last weekend.

The school has been nominated for the last two years as one of the top 100 Schools in England by The Cricketer Magazine.

They were invited to become the first non-selective state school to play the MCC in a fixture last weekend.

The MCC elected to bat first and put on 115 for the first wicket before Shenfield’s skipper Tom Ballington took the first of 4 wickets when the impressive Joe Joyce was caught at mid wicket by Arun Gautham.

Ballington and leg spinner Josh Morton (4 for 49) worked in tandem to tighten the screw before the MCC declared on 225 for 8 wickets.

Shenfield’s reply began with a positive knock from Ed King before he was caught at long on for 27. Ronnie Jackson (55) and Tom Ballington (61) then put on a crucial 83 run partnership but when both players were dismissed a mini collapse ensued.

Joe Parry steadied the ship to get Shenfield close to their target but when he and Josh Morton went Shenfield required a further 15 runs with just one wicket and three overs remaining.

Arun Gautham and Dom watts required 12 runs from the last over and the MCC just one wicket.

Arun Gautham ran two off of the first ball before clearing mid on for a one bounce four from the second ball.

The third ball was hit through mid wicket for two more runs.

Shenfield needed four from three balls and Arun needed only one ball hitting hard through mid wicket to secure the boundary that won an enthralling game.

Head of PE Garry Sapsford said: “It has been a real honour to host the MCC in this inaugural fixture.

“Our players and parents had a brilliant and memorable day.

“The MCC players were not only hugely talented but gracious and supportive of our players performances.

“We are proud of our commitment and achievements in cricket as a state school and it was so good to see the respect the MCC players had for our players and their performances.

“We very much look forward to having the opportunity to play host to them again in two years time.”

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