Having reached the T20 Finals Day at U15 level and the School Sports Magazine National U17 Final this week, there was plenty of optimism heading into the week for more silverware for Shrewsbury cricket. However it wasn’t to be on both counts, but both teams acquitted themselves well in close encounters.
The U15A XI lost by seven wickets to eventual winners Bolton School having batted first and posted a handy 153 from 20 overs. Shrewsbury had the opposition 23-3 in reply, however one of the Bolton batsman launched an attack on some occasional wayward bowling and Bolton came through as victors – Bolton went on to defeat Whitgift School in the Final by 10 wickets!
The U17 XI played Gillingham School last Wednesday in the National Final (40 overs). Gillingham won the toss and batted first, rattling along to a competitive total of 223. Shrewsbury lost wickets fairly regularly although the third wicket partnership of Harry Flowers and George Lewis threatened to make serious inroads into the Gillingham total. Unfortunately both were lost in fairly quick succession after drinks, and Shrewsbury eventually fell 25 runs short on 198 for 9. Please also see WAH's full report.