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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Bolton School's 1st XI welcomed the Marylebone Cricket Club in what has become a prestigious annual fixture for the school, with opponents including opening batsman Tom Liversedge, a former captain of the school team, as well as a plethora of other established local cricketers who would certainly provide a stern test for the boys. With the slightly overcast conditions being welcomed due to the preceding 2 fixtures being heavily disrupted by the weather, the M.C.C padded up to bat with the format of a traditional declaration match being the order of the day.
The first few overs saw Bolton's bowlers look to make an early breakthrough with a few edges dropping short of the slip cordon. MCC kicked on after the drinks break scoring quick runs throughout the middle overs but Bolton finally made the breakthrough as both openers fell short of their personal fifties. At 92-2 school hoped to regain the initiative but aggressive batting from the MCC saw them reach 204-3 at lunch, leading to Captain Roland Horridge declaring. The team had done well to keep the MCC to a rate of 4 an over but faced a race against the clock to reach the target against an experienced and varied attack.
Bolton's openers Barker and Davidson started with intent, attacking the bowlers and scoring a series of boundaries but James Barker's wicket set off a flurry of dismissals seeing Bolton fall to 35 for 4 after the 13th over. However, opener Will Davidson remained giving Bolton hope of staying in the game as he reached an impressive fifty, only to become the second run out of the innings. Hope now rested on Fraser Kay, who had started steadily alongside Davidson, and the inexperienced tail. The MCC took advantage of this as the remaining batsman were outed for a total of 23 leaving Bolton School at 113 all out.
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