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Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Bolton School won through to the National Finals Day at Arundel Castle CC in Sussex on Friday 5th July by defeating St. Peter’s, York in the Northern Final held at Heywood CC.
Having won their initial group stage by defeating Merchant Taylor’s ,Crosby and Lancaster RGS, Bolton gained further victories over Sedbergh School and Manchester GS to lift the Fred Kenyon Trophy as HMC North West champions and force their way through to play the other three regional winners from the Midlands, the South West and South East.
Having been rained off earlier in the month, it was a worrying start to the day as rain clouds gathered overhead. However the skies brightened as St Peter’s elected to bat on an excellent playing surface. Chris Brownlow made an early breakthrough and added a second wicket to peg back the visitors to 18-2 off the first 4 overs. Spin bowlers Joe McCann and Callum Parkinson then applied further pressure as the York batsmen struggled to gain any momentum. A partnership of 33 for the fourth wicket was broken as McCann took the first of his three wickets and added three catches and a run out as the stranglehold tightened and St Peter’s edged passed 100 before being dismissed for 103 in the final over.
Bolton lost Chris Brownlow early in the chase, but Callum Parkinson looked assured as thirty runs were added to provide a solid platform. However, three wickets for only 7 more runs created tension and unwanted pressure before a partnership of 60 runs between captain Callum Kay (24*) and man of the match Joe McCann brought home a well earned victory. Joe remained unbeaten on 34 to complete an outstanding all round performance to secure passage into the Nationals Finals where they hope to follow the success of the school U15’s at the end of last season.
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