Shrewsbury School

Cricket: U15 XI win County T20 Competition

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Shrewsbury U15s have won the Shropshire ECB/ESCA U15 T20 title in style, beating Thomas Telford School by eight wickets.

Thomas Telford won the toss and batted first. Although the Shrewsbury opening bowlers George Panayi and Charlie Home opened with some accuracy, Thomas Telford's opening batsmen Stanley and Vaughan looked secure enough and put on 51 for the first wicket. Charlie Cooke broke the deadlock and it wasn't long before two more wickets fell to Max Parsonage and a second for Cooke. Mainly thanks to two high-scoring overs towards the end of the innings (including many extras), Thomas Telford were able to recover somewhat and posted a respectable and competitive 110 from their 20 overs. Given the high scores on the ground this season, however, it was felt that this might have been under par.

Shrewsbury started poorly, when Schofield was bowled by Thomas Telford captain Daniel Lloyd in the first over. However Harry Adair and George Panayi counter-attacked superbly and quickly took the game away from the opposition, sharing a partnership of 77 from just 57 balls. Panayi was eventually out to a misjudged pull-shot for 51, but Harry Adair saw the game home with Max Parsonage, ending on 40 not out. 

Shrewsbury now represent Shropshire in the regional rounds of the ECB/ESCA U15 T20 Competition and play the winners of the Derbyshire rounds. Shrewsbury's U15s have quite a record of success in this national competition - we were semi-finalists in 2012, runners-up in the 2011 National Final and outright winners in 2009.

U15 Shropshire Schools T20 winners

Front row, l to r: G. Hargrave, T. Breese (captain), T. Mason, H. Newbould (WK), H. Adair, C. Home
Back row, l-r: E. Hemmings, H. Schofield, M. Parsonage, G. Panayi, C. Cooke, J. Harris

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