Shrewsbury had a fantastic run in this competition beating Trent, Bromsgrove and Richmond en route to the final. This was played on the picturesque club ground of Cumnor CC in Oxfordshire.
Our opponents, Gillingham School from Dorset won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a decent start scoring 10 off the first over, but they were quickly pegged back by Jack Doyle who struck twice in two overs. This did not seem to upset Gillingham however and they played with positive intend, happy to dispatch the friendly fare that Shrewsbury were keen to serve up. Charles Kidson was the pick of the Shrewsbury bowlers and his tight spell was crucial in restricting Gillingham to 220 for 6 from their 40 overs.
The Shrewsbury reply started well with 8 off the first over including a big six from Ed Pollock. George Lewis batted superbly for his 40 showing a maturity beyond his years, but unfortunately no-one else was able to build a decent match winning innings and far too many players got themselves in and then threw away their wickets with poor shots. Freddie Earlam, Jack Flowers and Charlie White all got starts, but could not quite get Shrewsbury over the line.
This was a fantastic cup run and great experience for this young side and there are many positives to take from the campaign.