The post school cricket season has seen many boys pick up where they left off and enjoys some great success on the green.

The pinnacle of junior cricket is the Bunbury Festival. A festival where each region hosts a side of some of the strongest U15 players on the county circuit. This year Bedford School had two players playing in the festival. Both Rahul Sheemar (St Cuthberts) and Alex Rennie (Ashburnham) represented "London and East" in the Bunbary festival. Both players saw success for London and East this summer with Alex Rennie picking up 4-20 against West Indies U15s and Rahul Sheemar who scored 97 against West Indies. Rahul was also selected to go forth to play in the North v South fixture bidding for a place in the England U16 set up. Sheemar, who captained London and East, also had great success for his county Essex. Sheemar scored 161* in a three day match versus Middlesex U17. Not only this but the young talent also picked up a couple of wickets bowling first change. Rahul has continued his form for Essex scoring several major scores for them after his 161* where he batted for over 400 deliveries to play out a draw.

The School's batsman of the season, Emilio Gay (Bromham), also picked up where he left off scoring "runs for fun" for his county side. Emilio's finest innings was a hundred (134) for Northamptonshire versus Staffordshire academy. Emilio has also been asked to play in the "Super 4s" which is effectively a follow up to the Bunbury Festival. Emilio scored 50* for the Midlands side. This achievement has meant that Emilio has put himself into strong contention for a looking into the England U16 set up that has been proposed by the ECB.

The post season also saw the new boys score big runs. Gus Miller (St Cuthberts) scored a monumental 157 for Oxfordshire in presumably quick time. Gus' form extended to his club side where he scored a ton in the 8th over of a 20 over match before being retired. A great future prospect!

To the other end of the spectrum, U6 Ben Slawinski (Paulo Pontine) was asked to represent the full minor county side of Bedfordshire during the summer. The 1st XI Captain took 6 wickets for the county proving that he could replicate his school form at the higher standard.

Both Shaylen Tomlinson-Patel (Ashburnham) and Bhavik Talsania (Crescent) also saw themselves in the runs as both batsmen scored 50s for Bedfordshire U17s this summer, and Tomlinson-Patel also saw himself in the wickets as he tore apart a Herefordshire side to give Bedfordshire an outright win in a 2 day fixture.

And finally, the post season has seen Will Barrett (Bromham) placed as the 3rd best wicket keeper in the Natwest U19 T20 Competition throughout the whole country. This is a competition that features some of the best players of this age, so for Will to be placed in third is quite an incredible achievement.


Harry Beard
Lower Sixth Form


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