Shrewsbury School

Summer Cricket Highlights

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Current pupils and recent leavers have been hitting the cricketing headlines during the summer – as have a number of Shrewsbury School cricket coaches.

Spirits were high among the Boys' 1st XI following their excellent performance and victory in the Silk Trophy at the start of the summer holiday. (See report: Shrewsbury 1st XI regain the Silk Trophy.)

Dan Humes led the side well throughout the year, and after scoring almost 800 1st XI runs at a strike rate in excess of 160, was selected to play for Warwickshire U19s.

Bowler of the Silk Trophy Peter Clark (Rb U6) (pictured below) went on to play several 2nd XI fixtures for Worcestershire CCC during July and August and was also selected for the National U17 Super 4s held at Loughborough University.

Also playing in the Super 4s was JJ Fielding (L6 Rt), who joins the Upper Sixth this term as a Sports Scholar. He was awarded Player of the Tournament at the Super 4s and was subsequently selected to play for England Schools against MCC Schools at Lord's on 3rd September. He is attached to Lancashire CCC.

Harry Cooke (PH 5) was selected, and did well, for the Midlands in the National U15 Bunbury Festival held at Felsted in early August. He was thrilled to receive his Bunbury cap from former England Captain Alastair Cook.

Issy Wong (G U6) (pictured below) was contracted to Southern Vipers during the summer. She made her debut in the Women’s Kia Super League on 15th August against Lancashire Thunder at Brighton. On her second appearance, playing against Loughborough Lightning at the Ageas Bowl, she took her first wicket – an achievement that was broadcast live on Sky TV. She finished the season with a Super League runners-up medal, as Vipers lost to Western Storm.

Gwenan Davies (Head of Girls’ Cricket) was contracted to Surrey Stars throughout the summer. Previously, she had represented Yorkshire Vikings.

Paige Schofield (Girls’ Cricket Coach) also played for Southern Vipers and made Finals Day with Issy on Saturday 31st August.

Evelyn Jones (Girls’ Cricket Coach) again played for Lancashire Thunder.

Men's professional contracts and appearances

George Garrett (Ch 2013-18) (pictured below) became the tenth Salopian since 2008 to gain a 1st Class contract when Warwickshire signed him up in August. In his debut match in the County Championship against Somerset, BBC Sports Correspondent Michael Perkins commented, "George Garrett is bowling the sort of spell on debut for Warwickshire that country pros many years his senior could learn a lot from". George also played in the Vitality Blast.

Harry Adair (Rt 2011-16) made his debut for Durham CC in the Vitality Blast in August.

School Cricket Festivals

Shrewsbury School hosted the England Girls’ Regional Development Camp for the first time in a very successful three-day format.

The long-established Shrewsbury School U11 & U12s July Festivals (now in their 13th year) were once again a great success, gathering together county squads from across the country for a week of competition. This summer they were heralded by David Graveney OBE, the ECB’s National Performance Manager whose responsibilities include schools, as being played “in an outstanding setting. The five-day format is the perfect format to develop our cricketers of the future. Shrewsbury School really have got it right.”

Finally, Shrewsbury School Cricket Professional Adam Shantry receives huge congratulations on being awarded his ECB Level 4 (Merit & Distinction) Degree Qualification after three years of dedicated hard work.

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