Prestfelde lost captain Jack Home early in the face of hostile bowling from Millfield’s opening pair, but the rate remained good as Will Jenkins anchored the innings with a personal tally of 96, well supported by the team, and getting out only in the third over from the end.
Prestfelde’s total of 164 was food for thought for Millfield, who had built their success on some excellent bowling performances on the way to the Final. Now they needed to match these with the bat – and the early loss of their openers was a setback from which they never recovered.
As wickets continued to fall, Prestfelde introduced spinners Gabe Downes and Harrison Vaughan, who tested the middle order and took the occasional wicket. When Jack Home (who has had a splendid tournament but a quiet match today) came back with just one wicket left to fall, Millfield were on 100 runs: Jack’s first ball of the over yorked the last man and the stumps were scattered.
So Prestfelde became National Schools cricket U13 champions, and were presented with the cup by Dr David English, founder of the Bunbury Festival organisation, who has seen many a 13-year-old grow to England stardom. Will Jenkins, with 96 runs (he so deserved a century…) and three wickets plus a catch, was rightly selected as Man of the Match. This has been a supreme team effort, however, and will live long in the memory of this little Shropshire school..!!! Mr Newey was smiling a contented Yorkshire smile…