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U14s are Lancashire County Cup Cricket Champions

Monday, 05 July 2010

Bolton School's U14 cricket team were crowned county champions for the first time since 1987 on the last day of a glorious June - glorious both in terms of the weather for cricket and the quality of this superbly talented squad's play.  

The boys overcame Lancaster Royal Grammar School in the county final, played at Blackpool, the scene of full first class Lancashire matches in the past.  Playing with a huge outfield, we saw the rarest of events, a century in a final. Haseeb Hameed showed on the biggest available school stage why he is so highly rated by all who see him from spectators to first class counties - he was 110 not out in a 40 over total of 172 all out. This was a high but not insurmountable total.  Captain Liam Jenkins and seamer Jake Borrows led the way with the ball (4-22 & 4-19 respectively) and the overall quality did, as we hoped, overwhelm the LRGS boys who slid to 76 all out. With over thirty years' experience of Bolton School cricket, veteran member of staff, Martin Wadsworth believes the current crop of youngsters to be the strongest ever and fully expects them to do well in 2011 when they represent Lancashire in the National competition.

The Harold Bailey U14 Schools' Cup is a Lancashire Schools' Cricket Association inter-school competition involving over 100 schools from Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

With the U14s team boasting six current or past county players, hopes had been high from the start and never did the boys deflate them. Early rounds saw victories over Thornleigh and St Mary's, Leigh. The fulchral match was against the team that had won the Under 13s and Under 12 titles for the last two years. This was a massive victory over Bury Grammar School in Round 4.  Bolton scored 192-2 (Haseeb Hameed 112 not out; Callum Parkinson 58) and, in reply, Bury posted 174-8 (Jake Borrows 3-28 including all of the first three danger men!)  In the Quarter Final versus Turton, we lost but one wicket chasing a more than useful total - Turton 176-5, Bolton 178-1 (Hameed 85 not out; Parkinson 58 not out). Our Semi Final opponents were Audenshaw who had knocked out our strongest rivals, Manchester Grammar School.  Therefore, we expected quite a contest - it was not to be as we bowled them out cheaply.  Audenshaw 112 all out (Liam Jenkins 5-28), Bolton 116-0 (Parkinson 52 not out; Hameed 50 not out).   

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Bolton School U14 Cricketers

The U14 team prior to the final at Blackpool

Haseeb

Haseebullah Hameed, a prodigious talent, scored a fantastic 110 not out

With the cup

Winners for the first time since 1987