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Old Boys’ Tribute to National Cricket Champions

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Old Boy and former Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club Committee, Geoff Ogden, led former pupils in a special lunchtime presentation to Bolton School’s first national cricket champions.

The Old Boltonians’ lunch, held at the School, saw renowned cricketers join together with regular diners to pay tribute to the U15s’ cricket team which won the ESCA/ECB T20 National Cricket Final, held in September of last year.

The Bolton School team became the first school from the North of England to win this national cricket trophy. The competition had involved over 1,000 schools and the final, held at Arundel Castle Cricket Club in West Sussex, saw the boys record an emphatic victory against holders, Whitgift School from Croydon.

“The team did well to win through the Lancashire heats, overcoming some fine cricketing schools in the shape of Merchant Taylors, Lancaster Grammar School and Manchester Grammar; it then overcame Yorkshire winners, Leeds Grammar School, before beating Cumbrian champions, Sedbergh.  And then to win the national final by 10 wickets, this team is truly a great credit to the School!” said Mr Ogden, prior to presenting Captain Michael Brookwell and the boys with the trophy.

The full story of the victory can be read here.

 

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Geoff Ogden, Duncan Worsley and the winning U15s

Duncan Worsley, an Old Boy who was opening bat for Lancashire in the 1960s and captain of Oxford University (far left) and Geoff Ogden (2nd in from left) congratulate the U15s' winning team and their coaches - click on the photo to enlarge it

Geoff Ogden congratulates the boys

Headmaster, Mr Britton, addresses the Old Boys' Lunch