First Eleven Victory Over MCC!
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Old boy and legendary Lancashire captain of the seventies, Jack Bond, was back at Bolton School as the main guest at the annual MCC fixture, where Bolton School First Eleven cricketers took on an MCC club side and came away victorious!
Mike Watkinson, one of Jack's successors was also amongst the guests, along with many former Bolton First Eleven players and President of the Old Boys' Association Charles Winder.
It was Bolton present versus past players as three former pupils lined up for the MCC side, including David Sandiford, Oxford Blue and a former school cricket captain who captained the MCC side with its range of excellent players representing the world's largest cricket club. MCC teams play over 500 matches at home and abroad every year, and the foundations of this programme are the fixtures against schools and clubs throughout the UK each summer.
The Bolton School side had to show all its resolve as the visitors' opening partnership grew and grew from a solid start to a magnificent undefeated at lunch, with John Ratledge, another former school cricket captain, reaching a spectacular run a minute century in the last over before the break. After lunch the MCC declared at 193-2, giving both sides an excellent chance of success. Bolton rose to the challenge and the match concluded with a century from Giles Makinson - the first First Eleven home century for many seasons, and excellent news for Giles as all century makers against MCC are invited to the first day of the MCC season at Lord's next year!