Cricket: Bede’s 1st XI Are National Runners-Up for Second Year

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Bede's 1st XI cricketers were pipped to the post on Saturday 6 July, falling 53 runs short in the finals of the National Schools T-20 Championships, which were held at Arundel.

After a storming victory in the National Schools T-20 semi-finals, in which Bede's comfortably dispatched King's Taunton, the 1st XI were by all accounts unlucky to lose out to Shrewsbury in the final.

The semi-final between Bede's and King's Taunton was a clinical display of bowling and fielding from Bede's, followed by a very positive but sensible run-chase. Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Neil Persaud bowled tightly in the power play and never allowed King's to get off to a decent start.

King's came with a formidable reputation, but the net result of their innings was a very modest 101 all out, a score comfortably overtaken by Bede's with the loss of only four wickets. Fynn Hudson-Prentice finished off a fine all-round performance, top scoring with 45.

In spite of coming straight from the semi-finals into the next game, Bede's started the final well. Shrewsbury took to the crease first and Bede's limited them to 135 for seven. Shrewsbury never ran away with the game, but superb running between the wickets was a key feature of their innings.

When Bede's stepped into bat they started off steadily and were firmly in the game at 48/3 off 8 overs. Some tight bowling and poor shot selection then saw Bede's lose their remaining 7 wickets for 35 in 9 overs.

Bede's Director of Cricket and ex-England International player Alan Wells said of the final, "The 1st XI have played some superb cricket all season and comfortably claimed the South of England title against St Albans. Ultimately however, Shrewsbury came out of the T-20 Championships worthy winners, making us proud runners-up for the second year running."