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Friday, 30 September 2016
The cricket season of summer 2016 drew to a close with a flurry of finals being played in September.
The U15 team travelled to Arundel in West Sussex to face Warwick School in the National Finals on 4 September. There was an air of nervous excitement prior to the match, not least because little was known about the opposition. The Bolton team lost the toss and was sent out to field; Warwick posted 39-1 in the early stages of the game and went on to score a solid 131-6 in their 20 overs.
Bolton got off to a shaky start, with an early wicket lost, but quickly settled into their stride. Bolton gradually played themselves into the game and, with 108-4 posted, looked to be in a commanding position. Requiring 20 from the final 4 overs, the boys found themselves under increasing pressure and mistakes were made as wickets fell.
In a hugely dramatic finish, the Bolton School team unfortunately fell shy of the required total, losing by just 8 runs. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but the team put in a valiant effort. Captain, Kurtis Watson, said that he was proud of his team’s performance, particularly when they stuck together in the hard times.
The U14 team faced Merchant Taylors’ in the Lancashire Cup Final, held at Blackpool Cricket Club on 9 September. After winning the toss, the Bolton boys elected to bat first, but the team was soon under pressure and eventually came up with a disappointing final total of 88 all out in 32 overs. With the opposition on a score of 82 for 2, heavy rain brought the match to an early close, but Merchant Taylors’ early performance granted them the win.
On 13 September, the U13 team found themselves up against Lancaster Royal Grammar School in their age group Lancashire Cup Final which was held at Leyland Cricket Club. On this occasion, the Bolton team won the toss and decided to bat first, but were off to a stuttering start with a wicket falling almost immediately. Unfortunately, the bad luck continued until the score stood at 56-5. However, a strong partnership salvaged the situation and Bolton posted a total of 112-9 within the 30 overs.
Following lunch, Lancaster went in to bat and were put under immediate pressure by the Bolton lads’ bowling. The Bolton School team was soon in a dominant position, leaving Lancaster at 66-6 with 11 overs to go.
Unfortunately, the weather was against the Bolton boys again: a storm stopped play and the umpire took the decision to call the game off. Lancaster plucked victory from Bolton’s hands and won the County Cup based on weather calculations: as Bolton had lost more wickets in the first ten overs, the win was handed over to the opposition. It was a disappointing conclusion to what had been an exciting game, and Bolton had to content themselves with just medals rather than the sought after Cup.
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