North-West T20 Cricket Champions
Friday, 23 May 2014
Victory over Sedbergh School saw Bolton School 1st XI become the North-West T20 Cricket Champions and Fred Kenyon Cup Winners, for the second year running. They defeated Sedbergh School by 7 wickets.
Despite a promising first wicket stand by the Sedbergh openers, accurate bowling created the pressure which prompted a series of dismissals through their innings and prevented them from generating any real momentum. Liam Jenkins was the leading wicket-taker (2-27) but it was a good all round performance in the field that restricted Sedbergh to 122-6 off their 20 overs.
Despite losing England U17 captain Haseeb Hameed in the first over, Will Davidson and Liam Jenkins created a solid platform from which to develop the run chase and a fifty partnership between Davidson and Chris Brownlow put Bolton in a strong position to threaten the Sedbergh total. Thoughtful batting in the closing overs by Ben Bowers enabled victory to be secured with an over to spare, with Will Davidson celebrating his classy batting perfomance with an unbeaten half century.
The Bolton School team now await the outcome of the competition on the east side of the Pennines before playing the final to decide who will represent the North of England on Finals Day at Arundel Castle on Friday the 4th of July.