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Monday, 04 July 2016
The North of England Finals day at Netherfield Cricket Club, Kendal, proved to be the icing on the cake for the Bolton School U15 team. Facing Durham School, who had earlier knocked out Sedbergh in the semi final, Bolton School's total of 128 for 7 was dominated by Bowers who hit eleven boundaries including five sixes, three in the last over. Two early wickets from Watson and Pindoria, both involving the talented Ball at wicket keeper, gave Bolton a positive start. However, the big hitting North from Durham fought back with 52 from 25 deliveries. Three excellent overs each from Pindoria and Salisbury helped reduce Durham’s total after McGivern and Larkin had been despatched expensively from the excellent North. The crucial wicket came in the eleventh over when Bowers took charge and the victory was sealed, a nail-biting finish giving Bolton School victory by seven runs.
The final against Richmond was played in difficult conditions following a very short lunch. Bowers, Ball, Jones and Phillips had all gone by the ninth over for a total of 52. Hemmady and Larkin stood firm and took Bolton to 109 for 5 from 15 overs; Hemmady with a very impressive 30 not out and Larkin with 22 from 12 deliveries providing much needed support. Having beaten Kings' Macclesfield in their semi final, Richmond’s batting attack, which included four Yorkshire players, felt confident of reaching the target set. Two wickets from Bowers, one from an exceptional catch from Mulla, and Watson in their opening overs were supported by Pindoria who slowed the run rate with 2 for 23 from his three overs, before he was quickly replaced by Hardy whose fielding skills were much needed by this point. After a short break due to the rain the teams reappeared when Watson took two further wickets to finish on 3 for 13 from his two overs. An exceptional caught and bowled from McGivern and two wickets from Pindoria, Salisbury and Larkin completed the victory with four overs to spare.
The U15s team will now compete in the national final at Arundel on Sunday 4 September. The last Bolton School team to play in a final at Arundel included Haseeb Hameed who has recently been enjoying success opening the batting for Lancashire.
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