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Brave Sussex cricketers fall just short in T20 final
With the nation gripped by Ashes fever, one Sussex school team made it all the way to a national final.
Bede’s first XI cricketers were pipped to the post last month, falling 53 runs short in the final 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, but the first XI were not able to repeat their heroics and fell 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, restricting them to 101.
In reply, the Bede’s batsmen made light work of the small total and knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice starred with the bat too to finish 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 a gettable 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.
But some tight bowling and poor shot selection saw Bede’s lose their remaining 7 wickets for just 35 runs in 9 overs.
Bede’s Director of Cricket, former Sussex captain and England International player Alan Wells said of the final: “The first 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.”
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