There has been so much good cricket news during this last week, that this eNewsletter risks getting completely swamped by it all! Full reports - and some photos - are on the Cricket section of the website: www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/latest-cricket-news, but in summary...
The 1st XI are currently playing (rain permitting) Eton in the third and final day of the Silk Cup Trophy, which this year is being held at Oundle. At lunchtime, Eton were 271 for 7, and Shrewsbury were about to bat. Our boys have so far won both their other Silk Trophy matches, having beaten Greys from South Africa yesterday quite decisively, and Oundle's 1st XI on Tuesday.
Last Sunday, the 1st XI won the regional final of the HMC T20, overcoming Worksop College and Felsted in a three-way match; they now go on to play at Lords tomorrow (Friday 8th July) in the Finals Day. Their Semi Final match will be against Wellington at 1.30pm. If they win, they will then play either Portsmouth GS or Sedbergh in the Final at 4.45pm. This will be the third successive year that our 1st XI have made it to the Finals Day.
These success follow on from the winning streak that started last week when they first defeated the mighty Affies School from Pretoria, and then had a comprehensive win over Uppingham in a two-day match on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June.
The U15s won the Nat West Under 15 Club Final at the weekend, and now go on to represent Shropshire in the National competition. They have a bye in the first round, before playing either the Warwickshire or Northamptonshire champions in the second round.
The U15s also became the ESCA Midlands T20 champions when they defeated Loughborough GS by just two runs. They will play in the finals day at Arundle on September 8th.
The U14s have become the county champions in the Lord's Taverners tournament, having overcome a strong Thomas Telford XI with a comprehensive win. They will now represent Shropshire in the national U15 tournament in Summer 2012.
Last year's Head Boy, Ben Williams, is currently playing for Oxford University vs Cambridge University in the Varsity Match. He played against the same opponents at Lords two weeks ago in a one-day game, scoring 49.