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School’s sporting success
30 May 2017
by Kirsty Smallman

A school in Shrewsbury is celebrating double success after travelling to the south of the county to compete in cricket and rounders tournaments.

The under-11 boys from Prestfelde School got their season off to the best possible start by winning the Moor Park cricket tournament for the third time in four years, while the under-11 girls also got their rounders campaign off to a flying start.

The boys hit the ground running with an impressive display and proved too strong for their three opponents on the day.

Having beaten Abberley in the first game, Prestfelde saw off the challenge of Packwood and Moor Park before clashing with Abberley again in the final. Excellent batting from Jack Home and Will Jenkins set the opposition a huge total of 67 to win from only seven overs. Tight bowling and good fielding resulted in a comfortable victory.

Not to be outdone, the girls took to the rounders field and were feeling confident after an earlier training session back at school that morning. They fielded superbly and by the end of the 1st innings they had caught out or stumped six of nine Moor Park players, keeping Moor Park’s score to just half a rounder.

Some excellent fielding saw some great catches and Prestfelde kept the pressure on with tight bowling and quick stumping at second post. Prestfelde ran out winners nine-and-a-half to three-and-a-half.

The second match was against Packwood Haugh and Prestfelde continued where they had left off, keeping the score low with some awesome catches at slip.

Rob Newey, head of games at Prestfelde School, said: “It was a great day to start the new season and it followed on from more sporting success for the school.

“Four of our senior boys represented the Midlands Independent Schools’ Under-13 football team at a national festival in Shrewsbury: Will Lewin, Dom Zaza, Sean Wentel and Will Hartley.

“William Lewin and Dom Zaza have been selected out of about 145 boys to represent the national representative squads this summer against footballing academies.

“And, having trained all winter, four of our year 6 girls have been selected to play in the first cricket match of the season for the Under-11 county team: Issy Harpin, Eloise jones, Amelia Griffiths and Rose Farquharson.”