School Sport: Another national title for Shenfield High
PUBLISHED: 13:16 18 July 2012
Pupils are rounders champions
Shenfield High School Year 9 pupils were celebrating after being crowned National Mixed Rounders champions.
After an early start for the trip to Corby, they remained unbeaten in their three group matches to clinch top spot and a semi-final place.
Despite heavy rain, the students kept their focus and excellent work from Sam Wood, Mady Willers and Anna Wood restricted their rivals to three rounders, with eight outs from 18 good balls.
Strong batting saw Shenfield pass their rivals with seven balls still to be bowled to clinch a place in the final against Honywood School.
The two sides had met at the regional finals and Shenfield again fielded first.
Showing excellent teamwork, they held Honywood to just one and a half rounders and leading batsman Marc Carter replied with half a rounder.
Tom Cassinos then produced a reverse hit to score a rounder and Tom Mann also connected to reach third base, when the umpire called play to a halt and declared Shenfield as champions after just three balls.
It is the seventh national title in the school’s 50-year history, all of which have been achieved since 2004.
Teacher Garry Sapsford said: “The excitement from our students was uncontrollable as they stormed the pitch and were all congratulating each other on their victory.
“It was a lovely sight and a well-deserved title for this team. They are a lovely team and have displayed a faultless attitude the whole way through the competition – true champions.
“Congratulations to all the squad, they have been a pleasure to work with. And special congratulations to Mady Villiers on being selected to attend England rounders trials; an amazing achievement!”