Shrewsbury School

Cricket: U15A XI defeat Sedbergh to win through to the National U15 T20 Final

Monday 9 September 2013

Having won through to the National U15 T20 Finals Day for the third year running in a tense match against Malvern, Shrewsbury's U15A XI went on to defeat Sedbergh by 6 wickets in the semi-final, played at Arundel Castle on the morning of Sunday 8th September. Although the final itself should have taken place that afternoon, by lunchtime the weather had closed in and the heavens had opened. So the final against Whitgift School is now scheduled for 12pm on Sunday 15th September and will take place at Long Marston Cricket Club, Hertfordshire.

In the semi-final, Shrewsbury lost the toss and Sedbergh decided to bat. After seven overs and through excellent bowling from openers George Panayi and Charlie Home, Sedbergh had lost four wickets and looked doomed to a total under 100. The fifth wicket prospered for Sedbergh however, and it wasn’t until Panayi came back for a second spell that Shrewsbury wrestled back some initiative. Sedbergh recovered to 148 for 9, with Panayi 4 for 23 and Home 2 for 11, the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Shrewsbury opening batsman Harry Adair and Harry Schofield got the innings off to a flyer with the help of some wayward Sedbergh bowling. For the first 9 to 10 overs, Shrewsbury scored at around ten per over, well ahead of the required rate. Adair (19), Panayi (27), Parsonage (14) and Home (14*) all made important and speedy contributions. However it was Harry Schofield who glued the innings together with a sensible 44 not out from 44 balls.

As a result of the victory, Shrewsbury will be appearing in their third Final at this level in five seasons, having won the competition in 2009.

Meanwhile, the Final of the U17s National Cup between Shrewsbury and Portsmouth Grammar School also had to be postponed, when rain prevented any play on Wednesday 1th September. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday 18th September at Cumnor CC.

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