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Staff Cricket Returns with a Last Over Win

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

20 overs match 
Duke of Darwen's XI 76-6     Bolton School Staff 77-8 

After a five year absence, Bolton School staff returned to competitive fixtures with a last over win against the Duke of Darwen's XI. The Duke’s team, captained by Old Bolt Peter Labbett, contained many "old" cricketers and four members of staff from BWFC. Batting first, the Dukes scored 76 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs. Steve Foster scored a blustering 14, followed by top scorer Alan Smith (18), who was stumped down the leg side from the bowling of Matt Johnson.

As staff Captain, Paul Fernside rolled back the years with a smart piece of wicket keeping. Mark Leather (12 no) and Brian Chapple (6 no) brought the innings to a close. Chapple took a painful knock to the eye as he was hit by the ball during an attempted run out, and a lot of sympathy was shown as Chapple was about to open the bowling for the Dukes!

The staff shared the bowling, with eight people bowling a variety of length and line. Pick of the bowlers was Daniel Paul with his left arm over, supported by Chris Windsor and Nick Wyatt.  It was suggested by an unknown source that the recent Eurovision winner was fielding for the staff team?

Caspar Joseph (14) and Craig Buckley (17) opened the batting, with the latter adding the "sparks" with some big boundaries. Cruising at 31-0, Buckley tried one too many big shots and was caught off the bowling of former Wanderers star Jimmy Phillips. Fernside joined Joseph for a bit of pre-season rugby sprinting as several scampered twos were taken. A collapse followed as Fernside (7), Martin Prentki (duck), Fraser Mullins (4), and Joseph all went quickly. Alistair Hall came in with Paul (12 not out) and hit a quick 9.  A second collapse followed: Wyatt (duck), Michael Brown (duck), and Hall were out before the win was achieved.

Windsor joined Paul at the wicket as a tense finish was developing, with only Johnson remaining in the pavilion as the last over began. Windsor (2 not out) showed nerves of steel as he first blocked a ball from Leather Jnr and then hit the ball through midwicket for the winning runs.

There were pasties for the winners, sandwiches and salad for the losers. It was a great evening of social cricket, as both teams enjoyed each other's company - with only a hint of "sledging"!

There are already plans underway for a rematch as soon as possible.

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The victorious Bolton School Staff Team

The victorious Bolton School Staff Team