Shrewsbury School claim U15s county crown

Shrewsbury School claimed the English Schools Cricket Association’s ECB County Under 15 trophy when they edged out a spirited challenge from Wrekin College.

Wrekin batted first and were well-placed after seven overs on 71-1 with Finn Jones hitting a run-a-ball 26 and Jack Dirkin 28 off 20 balls.

But then a batting collapse saw them lose eight wickets for 25 runs, and only a 24-run partnership for the final wicket boosted the total to 120 all out.

The chief wicket takers for Shrewsbury were Rufus Dark (2-26), Hugo Lowther (3-27) and Leo Ling (3-16).

In the reply, Harry Parton hit 34 off 30 balls, but after both openers were dismissed Shrewsbury were made to fight hard for the runs as wickets continued to fall.

They eventually got over the line with just two wickets standing and one over remaining, Bailey Gledhill (2-13) and Finley Birtwell-Jones (2-28) the pick of the bowlers.

After one of the closest and exciting County U15 finals in years, Lowther was named player-of-the match for his bowling performance.

Shrewsbury then went on to comfortably defeat the Herefordshire winners Cathedral School in the first regional round. 

Shrewsbury won the toss and asked Cathedral to bat first and then dismissed them for 92 in the 19th over with Jake Van-Cutsem, Ling and Arjan Barard with two wickets.

The first three batsmen for Shrewsbury made short work of the below par target, racing to victory in the 10thover by nine wickets with Parton (25 off 13 deliveries), Ling (29 off 26) and Darke 21 (19) ensuring there were no alarms.

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