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Monday, 05 May 2014
The U13 Cricket Team set off down the M6 for a weekend Cricket Tour to Worcester. This annual tour was set up twelve years ago by Mr Johnson, and has been a feature of every Bolton School cricket season ever since.
The first fixture was against a select U15 side from Wolverhampton Grammar School in a 30 over match. Bolton School batted first and scored 146-5, struggling to reach the boundary due to the wet and heavy outfield conditions. Ronak Hemmady scored an excellent half century (53), supported by Kurtis Watson (24) and Jack Phillips (23). However, Wolverhampton Grammar School scored 150-3, winning by 7 wickets.
On Saturday the boys trained for 2 hours, working hard to improve their fielding skills and trying to gain some early form with the ball and bat in a net session.
Sunday pitted the boys against the local club cricketers of Old Elizabethans Cricket Club. Bolton School batted first in a 25 over match and scored a massive 176-4, with Hemmady retiring on 30 not out, also supported by Robert Jones (29 not out) and Joshua Bowers (20 not out).
The Old Elizabethans got off to a good start, but the run rate proved too great as they were bowled out for 109. Captain Kurtis Watson was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-5-3, supported by Nicholas Round with figures of 2-3-2.
“The boys enjoyed their cricket trip away and gained some valuable early season momentum ahead of a tough and challenging fixture list,” said Mr Johnson, Head of P.E. “Throughout the tour, the boys behaviour was exemplary and this was commented on several times over the weekend. Since the tour, the boys have beaten Oulder Hill Community School to move into Round 3 of the County Cup, where they will face a stern test against Saddleworth School. Well done.”
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