School Sport: Shenfield High into national semi-final
PUBLISHED: 07:59 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 07:59 11 July 2016
Cricket squad upset Bedford School in thriller
Shenfield High School’s under-17 boys made history by beat Bedford to reach the National Cup semi-final.
Put into bat at Hutton, they lost pinch-hitter Bell with the score on 18, but in-form Pickering and Kullar took the total along to 61 with good stroke play and excellent running.
Kullar fell for 24 at the end of the 10th over, but captain Ballington put 46 in six overs with Pickering, who fell for a brilliant 57 off 41 balls.
Southcott and Ballington (23) saw Shenfield closed on 135-5 and Joe Parry struck with the first ball of Bedford’s reply with a stunning inswinger.
Ballington also had success, before McLean took a superb running catch in the deep, taking the ball inches above the turf.
Duke’s line and length produced a brace of wickets, with Southcott impressing behind the stumps, but Bedford reduced their target to 12 runs off 12 balls, with five wickets in hand.
Year nine pupil Parry produced an outstanding penultimate over, conceding just a single as he managed five accurate yorkers.
Pickering saw the first ball of the last over hit for four, but picked up a wicket with the fourth delivery and kept his nerve with two more yorkers to seal a four-run win.
Shenfield will host Millfield in the last four, for the right to play in the September 7 final.
*Shenfield High had more cricket success to celebrate as they beat KEGS in the Essex Under-17 Cup final at Brentwood.
And they saw their under-18s come out on top at the St Albans T20 tournament, beating Ipswich’s St Joseph’s College by 80 runs in the final.
As well as the National Cup semi-final, the school still has the Essex Under-19 Cup final to play this season.
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