School Sport: Shenfield High girls win Essex Cups
PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 September 2018
Shenfield High School's under-13 and under-15 girls lifted Essex Cup titles on their return to class.
Having won the Essex Schools’ softball cricket event earlier this year, the younger group came out on top in the South East England regional finals after a last-ball win.
They were invited by charity Chance to Shine to attend the first day of the Test match between England and India at Edgbaston and it turned out to be a thrilling day of cricket which mirrored the series as a whole.
England captain Joe Root scored 80 as his side dominated early on, but was run out by opposite number Virat Kohli, before India controlled the later part of the day.
Director of sport Garry Sapsford said: “Shenfield’s students were all attending their first day of Test cricket and loved the atmosphere. It was certainly a day that helped inspire even more passion for the great game of cricket.”
The girls returned to school this month knowing they had an Essex Cup semi-final still to play, which they duly won thanks to a debut half-century from Boo Mills and excellent bowling by Nina Kennon and Summer Sharland.
In the final they met Great Baddow High School where they were asked to bat first and captain Elisa Fisher (49) joined Molly Morris (45 not out) after two early wickets fell and put on a century partnership to help Shenfield to a daunting 20-over total of 200-3.
And despite an excellent unbeaten 86 from the Baddow captain, Shenfield won by 44 runs.
Two days later, four of the under-13s joinned the under-15s in their Essex Cup final against Bancrofts School, where Shenfield were again put into bat.
After two early wickets, Elisa Fisher (45 not out) joined Erica Hobson (78) in a 155-run stand for the third wicket to set a total of 191.
Excellent bowling by Sophie McGrath (2-7) ensured Bancrofts would never get close and two wickets in two balls by Ellie Wood secured another Shenfield win.
Sapsford added: “It has been a sensational summer of cricket at Shenfield and especially our girls. Our under-18s played their first competitive fixture while the under-13 and under-15s have won three county titles and East Region softball competition.
“The trip to Edgbaston for the 1000th England Test Match was a great reward for their efforts but also a huge inspiration for more success in the future.”