Under 15A Team Winter Season
Shenfield A followed up their unbeaten winter season of 6-a-side victories by beating Chelmsford, this time in an extended 12 overs a side format on Indoor Finals Day at the Ashwells Graham Gooch Indoor School in Chelmsford on 1st April.
The league programme was completed the previous weekend, then the top two teams were asked to compete against one another again in a final.
Chelmsford won the toss and elected to bat, getting off to a flyer by taking 19 from the first two overs with some fine strokeplay from Cranmer and Stirling against the opening attack of Joe Quinn and Henry Owers. The Shenfield pair produced accurate second overs each, together with some fine fielding and a breakthrough run out by Andy Ross to leave Chelmsford 31-1 after 4 overs. Ollie Ekers and Ross took over the attack keeping things tight and forcing another run out with a pin point accurate hit at the one stump on offer by Ekers. Chelmsford batted sensibly against the spin of Ross and James Borman. regularly nudging into the corners for threes, but frequently being stopped from striking boundaries by top quality ground fielding by mid-off and mid-on. With just two overs remaining and Chelmsford on 92-3, they had high hopes of posting a challenging score, but Witham had been forced to retire on 25 and despite Akhtar trying to push the score along, two more run outs were produced by the electric fielders, well supported by Harry Moody behind the stumps. Owers and Quinn returned for their last over each at the death, with Owers bowling possibly the best over of the innings, conceding just a couple of runs and clean bowling Akhtar, whilst Quinn needed to bowl just three balls of the last over as the fifth run out of the innings closed proceedings on a sub par 98 all out.
In reply, Shenfield started well enough, with Ollie Ekers and Andy Ross taking all the available runs without alarm before a rather surprised Ekers (13) fell l.b.w. to Akhtar. Joe Quinn and Ross moved the score along until Ross (18) was stumped (immediately after having a six changed to a single as the ball had just brushed the top netting) to leave them 37-2 from 4 overs. Quinn was joined by Henry Owers and their partnership of 45 in good time ensured no real alarms during the run chase, even following Owers retirement on 25, and the immediate run out of Harry Moody (0), James Borman (5 n.o.) steered Shenfield home with Quinn (25 n.o. ret'd) and the returning Owers (30 n.o.), with two and a half overs to spare.
Below is a picture of the winning side, along with U15 manager Martin Ekers.
Front Row: Andy Ross James Borman
In addition to the boys in the picture, who all played in at least four matches (Owers and Borman ever present) they were supported by:
Alex Marjoribanks (4 matches)
Jack Lewis (2 matches)
Tom Moore (1 match)