YOUNG cricketers from Gable Hall School made history when they won the Essex Plate for the first time.
Having overcome Dagenham’s Robert Clack School in the semi-final, the Corringham school’s Year 7 team faced Brampton Manor in the late final.
Confidence was high after their semi-final win and Gable Hall set a score of 92 from 20 overs at Stanford-le-Hope Cricket Club.
Michael Edwards led the way for Gable Hall with a top score of 18 runs. Adam Trigg and Cayman Cunningham-Lane enjoyed a partnership of 29 runs against an attack led by Shaheen, who took three wickets.
Gable Hall’s bowlers took three quick wickets and their rivals from East Ham were restricted to 19 runs from their first six overs.
Tight bowling kept the run rate down until Luke Graves bowled out the last batsman in the final over to leave Brampton Manor on 68.
Nine players from Gable Hall bowled and Edwards followed up his batting exploits by taking 2-1, while Trigg had two solid catches in the field.
“It was a good team performance all round,” said Edwards.
“We were surprised when we were told that Gable Hall had never won this trophy before and I can say on behalf of the team that it is the greatest game that we have ever played in.”