In a pulsating (and damp) match on the Chances square, the U15A XI pulled off a remarkable victory by one run, over the U15 National Lord Taverners Finalists Denstone College - the same side that knocked Shrewsbury out of the Lord Taverners earlier in the season.
Shrewsbury won the toss and batted first, but suffered two early set backs losing Freddie Adair and captain George Lewis, the latter to an unfortunate run out at the non-strikers end. Freddie Earlam (51) and Jamie Humes (42) then steadied the ship, leaving U14 batsman Max Parsonage (28no) to demonstrate significant maturity, accelerating up to a final total of 154.
In very wet conditions, Denstone got off to a flyer and until the 12th or 13th over looked in control of the match, scoring at a high rate. It was around this stage of the innings when Shrewsbury took a flurry of wickets, and suddenly the run rate required rose sharply, and the contest started to look more even. Eventually, and with the sun breaking through, Denstone needed 11 runs off the final over to win, and managed only nine - handing the victory to Shrewsbury by the solitary run.
Shrewsbury now go on to play the winners of the North Final in the National Semi-Final, at September’s ESCA U15 T20 Finals Day at Arundel CC. Shrewsbury hope to go one better than last year, when they were runners-up to Whitgift School in the Final.